Category Archives: Associations

Maharashtra creates tourism task force with leaders from industry

The Department of Tourism & Culture, State Tourism of Maharashtra has created a task force to revive this sector and create an action plan. For this, it has appointed key members from the tourism and hospitality sectors including Harmandeep Singh Anand, Jt. MD, Jagsons Travels and GPS and the IATO President. This task force is led by the State Tourism Minister, Aaditya Thackeray. Other members of the team include President of NRAI, President of EEMA, Farhat Jamal who is the President of the Indian Merchants Chamber, Suneet Kothari from Aurangabad, and Valsa Nair Singh, the Tourism Department’s Principal Secretary, Government of Maharashtra.    

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IATA working with WHO, ICAO on COVID testing

IATA is working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to put in place scalable, affordable and fast testing systems, revealed Conrad Clifford, Regional Vice-President Asia Pacific, IATA. Alexandre De Juniac, Director General & CEO, IATA had also said last week, “We have a solution to open borders while mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19 through air travel. That is universal testing. There is testing technology that aligns with our requirements for speed, accuracy, affordability, scalability and ease of use in the travel process. And we are seeing momentum towards implementation.”

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UNWTO and Expedia to guide tourism’s recovery

UNWTO will work alongside the Expedia Group to strengthen ties between the public and private sectors, and drive tourism’s recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will see them both share data on tourism trends and developments, both at the global and the local scale. This will help in informed decision making through data-based policies aimed at tourism’s sustainable recovery and future development.

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Back to School for Internet Marketing today at 11:30am

IATO in association with TravTalk will be conducting a skill development program for online training of its members on Internet Marketing today from 11:30am to 1pm. Get ready for the masterclass featuring sessions on social media marketing, website marketing and development and effective email marketing. Register at jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call on 9650196532.

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Goa’s new tourism policy not as visualised: TTAG

The Goa government yesterday approved the long-awaited Goa Tourism Policy 2020, with a vision to make the state the “most preferred destination around the year for high-spending tourists” by 2024. Commenting on the new tourism policy that Goa has approved, Nilesh Shah, President, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), says, “We welcome the new tourism policy which was a long-standing demand. But we are not happy with the way it is being implemented and it is not as per our inputs and discussions. The new policy is not what was initially visualised by Manohar Parrikar which was to leave the growth of the tourism industry in the hands of the private sector. The tourism board was to have five members from the private sector and five from the government. But I see that three members have been added to the government side and another three are to be appointed by the government from the industry. As a result, the Board now constitutes of 12 members from or by the government and only 5 to be appointed by the industry.” He added that the tourism board will not be industry-driven as was originally planned and its CEO will be appointed by the government and not from outside as was requested.

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Don’t kill the airlines: TAFI

The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) voiced its concern about the state of the airline industry in India on Twitter. It said that the government needs to look into protecting the airline industry. ‘SpiceJet and GoAir have not paid crores of rupees as refunds to customers and agents and yet they are in this state. The government needs to give them some breather space when putting fare blankets. Don’t kill the airlines.’

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TAAI appoints Interim Chairman for UP & UK Chapter

Sunil B Satyawakta from Lucknow has been appointed as Interim Chairman by the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) for the Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand Chapter. He joins Gayatri Khanna (Hon. Secretary) and Swati Dimri (Hon. Treasurer) as Office Bearers of the Chapter. This development took place on October 14, 2020 via a virtual meeting in the presence of the TAAI National President and the National MC. Satyawakta will retain this position until the next association elections that will take place in November 2020.  

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IATO Gujarat leads #JanAndolan to adopt safety precautions

Randhir Singh Vaghela, Chairman, Gujarat Chapter, IATO, is leading the #JanAndolan campaign that aims to spread awareness about the safety precautions that the industry needs to follow strictly. He says, “I request the travel industry stakeholders to join #JanAndolan for everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We must strictly follow three things: wearing a mask at all times, sanitising hands on a regular basis and keep social distancing. For tourism to re-open safely we all have to adhere to this new normal.”

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