ASSOCIATIONS

IATO all for small operators

IATO is in talks with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) to revise the guidelines of approval of inbound tour operators, allowing members with low turnover to also be recognised by the government. Nisha Verma The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) recently organised its monthly luncheon, where it shared industry …

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NICE to tap tri-nation potential

PATA Nepal Chapter, in association with PATA India Chapter and PATA China Chapter, is all set to organise Nepal India China Expo (NICE) from February 22-25, 2020. The event is aimed at strengthening the tourism ties between the three neighbours and tapping their potential to the fullest. Nisha Verma Nepal …

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ADTOI convention in Bhopal

The Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) will host its 10th convention in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, in the first week of April. The new year continues to look promising for them. Nisha Verma ADTOI has announced that its 10th convention will take place in Bhopal in April 2020, …

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HRANI hotels now on IRCTC

Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India and IRCTC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which HRANI’s hotel members would list their room rate and inventory on IRCTC’s portal. Nisha Verma The aim of the MoU signed between HRANI and IRCTC is to promote domestic tourism and reduce …

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‘Complete’ sites for Buddhism

Ministry of Tourism is focused on promoting the Buddhist circuit in India, a segment that holds immense potential. The Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO) and participants at the International Buddhist Travel Mart in Bodh Gaya provide insights on this potential and challenges of Buddhist tourism. JP Shaw, President, ABTO …

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OTOAI convention in Antalya

The fifth OTOAI convention, scheduled from March 15-18 in Antalya, Turkey, will be accompanied by optional pre and post-convention tours of three days each. As preparations are afoot, the theme for this year is yet to be revealed. Manas Dwivedi Outbound Tour Operators Assocition of India (OTOAI) will organise its …

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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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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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PATA India empowers APAC

The second edition of PATA Tourism PowerHouse, presented by Inder Sharma Foundation (ISF), was concluded at The Park, New Delhi. The event, since its inaugural session last year, has been hailed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with the best in the business, paving a well-informed and new way of …

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Riaz Munshi is president

The newly-elected team of OTOAI will focus on three key areas as part of its immediate agenda – building relationships with governments and tourism boards, doubling membership within a year, and conducting more trainings. Manas Dwivedi In a recently concluded ceremony, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) unanimously elected …

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