IATO Convention dates and venue announced

Associations — By on July 24, 2013 at 4:51 am

iato18th July, 2013, New Delhi:- Indian Association  of  Tour  Operators  (IATO) will organize its 29th Annual  C o n v e n t i o n   f r o m   8 t h   – 11thSeptember, 2013 at Le Meridien,  Kochi  (Kerala).  The  theme  of  the  c o n v e n t i o n   i s   “To u r i sm  –   Innovations  &  Partnerships”.  The  subjects for the business sessions are  being  finalized. Mr. Arun Anand  is  the  Chairman  and  Mr.   Lally  Mathews  and Mr. E.M. Najeeb  are  the  Co-Chairmen  for  this  year  convention. This was announced by  Mr.   Subhash Goyal, President in an  interactive meeting held  recently. “Kerala”  has  set  an  unprecedented  growth  in  tourism.  Thanks  to  the  initiatives  taken  by  the  Kerala  Government   under   dynamic  leadership  of  Chief  Minister,  Shri  Ommen  Chandy.  With  IATO’s  support most of the States where we  had our earlier conventions achieved  a blistering pace of development. We  usher  the  state  into  a  future  of  progress  and  prosperity.  This  has  been  a  reality  in  Andhra  Pradesh,  Rajasthan,  Odisha,  Karnataka,  Gujarat  &  Maharashtra  where  we  had our previous conventions”  said  Mr.  Subhash  Goyal,  President  of  Indian  As sociat ion  of   Tour   Operators.

Mr.   Arun  Anand,  Convention  Chairman said “every year, we try to promote a new state and work for an integrated  growth.  We  have    also  earlier been to Kerala and this year,  Kerala was  in  our mind  from  very  beginning for our annual convention  due  to  sea  change  in  the  tourism  scene  in  Kerala.  In  view  of  the  overwhelming response and support  from the state Government and also  from  the  travel  industry, we had no  hesitation  to  go  for Kerala. Kerala  with its infrastructural developments  holds  lot of prospects and potential  for  inbound  tourism.”  Added  Mr.  Anand, Chairman Convention. Mr  Lally  Mathews,  Co-Chairman  Convention  &,Hony.  Secretary  of  IATO mentioned that “Our objective  of  innovating  and  re-innovating  to  build our members trust, consumers  interest  to  the  destination  being  focused,  establish  connection  with  decision makers in the state and one  to  one  basis  promote  the  new  destination  products,  to  draw-out  special strategies  to attract customers  with value additions, launching new  products  which  offer  unique  experience of the state and create job  opportunities  for  locals  in motivating  us  for  this  selection.  Thus  the  partnership which we form with  the  State  Govt.  can  go  beyond  our  convention period”.

Mr.  E.M.  Najeeb,  Co-Chairman  Convention  &  Chapter  Chairman  IATO Kerala Chapter mentioned that  unique  tourism  potential,  of Kerala  with its beaches are being developed  in a big way. Kerala Trade is deeply  involved  in  all  respects  for  the  development  of  Kerala  in  an  integrated manner.  Post  convention  tours have been drawn up  to give a  real experience of Kerala. These are  being  given  final  touch.  Our  members must take advantage of the  Post  Convention  tours  covering  Kumarakom,  Thekkady,  Munnar,  Kovalam, and Wayanad and workout  enchanting package  for  their clients  overseas. Mr.  Subhash  Goyal  invited  the  members of IATO to join in numbers  with  families  &  friends.  He  also  requested  IATO  members  to  make  investments  in  hotels  and  resorts.  “We  must  develop  long  term  relationships  and Kerala Govt. will  extend  all  possible  help  for  such  ventures.”

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