IATO promises constant support

Rajiv Mehra thanks IATO members for re-electing him as President, says electing six office-bearers unopposed is ‘unprecedented in IATO’s history’ and promises that his team, elected for the two-year term, will try its best to do whatever it could do for the travel fraternity.

Nisha Verma

The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) office-bearers were elected unopposed and voting took place for the Executive Committee (EC) members recently. Out of 378 eligible members, 278 cast their votes. The Returning Officer was Homa Mistry.

Rajiv Mehra, thanked the members for their support. “I am overwhelmed with the support of IATO members, by first electing all the office-bearers unopposed and then all eight EC members from my dream team with over 200 votes each. However, being re-elected means that we must work harder thanbefore. Electing six office-bearers unopposed is an achievement that is unprecedented in IATO’s history. I am grateful and we will try our best to do whatever we can for our fraternity,” he said.

Mehra said that they will meet Union Minister Piyush Goyal. “We will take up the matter of SEIS or any refined version of that soon,” he added.

Next in line is the convention, which will be held at Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar. “The convention will be held sometime in September and the dates will be officially announced soon. I would like to clarify that rooms and flights are not a problem at the destination. We already have an inventory of 375 rooms confirmed. Aurangabad or Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar is a city that has two airports now – one is Aurangabad airport and second is Shirdi Airport, which is just 40-minute drive. We are hoping it to be a successful convention and we are getting full support from Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, along with Deputy CM, Hon. Speaker, Leader of opposition, and Tourism Minister. All of them will be present at the convention,” he shared.

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