The Outbound Tour Operators’ Association of India (OTOAI) held its meeting in Ahmedabad for the first time on Dec 21, 2016, to enhance its membership base and apprise members about Turkey EduCon scheduled for next year.
The maiden meet in Ahmedabad was held at the Hyatt Regency and saw a total of 90 guests including sponsors, and office bearers of OTOAI, informed Mahendra Vakharia, Chairman, Western Chapter, OTOAI. “The agenda for the meet was to introduce OTOAI to the industry in the city, use it as a networking event for members of OTOAI and non-members with the intention to increase the membership base in the state,” he revealed. The office bearers of OTOAI present at the event included Guldeep Singh Sahni, President; Riaz Munshi, Vice President; Himanshu Patil, EC Member; Sujit Nair, EC Member; Ankush Nijhawan, EC Member and Vineet Gopal, Chapter Head, Northern Region. Vakharia added, “Along with networking, we had also included interesting mix of destination and product presentations as well as presentation by a professional GST expert on the implications of GST on our industry.”
Sahni also addressed the gathering highlighting why one should become a member of OTOAI and spoke about the future and potential of the outbound tourism industry as well as the Turkey EduCon which scheduled from March 12-15, 2017, and will also have pre and post tours for members. There were also presentations by Saugat Nandy, Director Western India, Marriott International, Ankush Nijhawan on Nijhawan Group; Twinkle Shah of Ark Travels on Norwegian Cruise Lines; Neha Johri, Country Manager India for Reunion Island Tourism Board, and Anil Bhargavan from Tally Solutions on GST.