Tag Archives: IATO

New decade, fresh hope

The previous year may have been a tumultuous one for the travel and tourism sector across its many segments, from aviation to hospitality and from technology to allied services, but the present one seems absolutely promising. We wish the trade the very best for the new decade! Siddhanta Sharma, President …

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Pollution curbs tourism’s growth

With pollution in North India, especially in tourist hotspots of Delhi, Agra and Varanasi, touching unbearable levels, there is an urgent need to address the problem or risk facing grave consequences. This issue needs the seriousness it deserves not just for tourism, but for the well-being of India’s 1.3 billion …

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New members & chapters

Last year, trade associations took up a number of initiatives, including educating members on trends & technology and organising conventions for knowledge sharing. They now look forward to a more progressive 2020 with new members and chapters they’ve added. Subhash Goyal, Secretary General, FAITH For FAITH, 2019 has been a …

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IATO clarifies RCM issues

During its latest monthly interactive luncheon meeting in New Delhi, IATO briefed members about Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM) through a presentation and updated them through in-house announcements. Manas Dwivedi Interacting with members at the recently-held luncheon after the successful conclusion of the convention in Kolkata, Indian Association of Tour Operators …

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IATO takes up key issues

With its efforts to resolve industry issues and address concerns of members, IATO is actively working on subjects such as group booking facility with railways and withdrawal of airport entry passes to tour operators. Manas Dwivedi Withdrawal of airport entry passes for tour operators The facility of airport entry passes …

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Infrastructure for M!CE in Odisha

Though Odisha holds much potential for tourism, key initiatives such as a five-fold increase in the tourism budget, a world-class convention centre, and addition of at least 5,000 rooms can help drive numbers. Kanchan Nath Addressing a gathering at the recently-concluded HRAO (Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha) Conclave, JK …

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MOT promotes Gandhi circuit

The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) will be promoting the Gandhi Gramin Tourism Circuit to highlight and showcase the life and times of the Father of the Nation. The ministry is also roping in IATO to actively promote these circuits. Manas Dwivedi As part of celebrity the 150th anniversary of Mahatma …

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After Kolkata, it’s Ahmedabad

IATO’s 35th Convention in Kolkata proved to be as impactful as it was  anticipated to be. The association has announced that it will conduct its 2020 convention in Ahmedabad, hosted by Gujarat Tourism. Manas Dwivedi The 35th Convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) concluded on a high note …

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India made affordable for all

A reduced e-Tourist Visa fee, a lower GST rate for hotels and the annual India Tourism Mart are helping create an ideal environment for the growth of the industry. The true impact, however, is yet to be seen. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism and Culture, Government of …

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IATO discusses challenges upfront

IATO focused on its sub-committee proceedings and shared the progress with Services Export Promotion Council/Directorate General of Foreign Trade license renewal, visa fee and MOT Fam trip at its luncheon. TT Bureau The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) discussed the concerns of members, sub-committees and shared the progress that …

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