Category Archives: Associations

ATOAI requests tourists to book only licensed adventure operators in view of 2 recent accidents

Commenting on the recent paragliding accident in Kullu involving a 30-year tourist from Maharashtra, Ajeet Bajaj, President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), says, “It is a very unfortunate incident and we send our heartfelt condolences to the family. The ATOAI stands for responsible adventure travel and we have issued safety guidelines which have been endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and we expect all adventure tour operators across India to follow the guidelines in letter and in spirit to mitigate risk in adventure activities. For tourists, our request is to always do their due diligence and opt only for government-approved, licensed adventure operators.”

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‘No room for complacence, need to re-instate some health and screening measures, esp intl arrivals’

Showing concern about the recent spurt in Covid cases, Ajay Prakash, President, TAFI, said, “To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson ‘The price of good health is eternal vigilance!’ We’ve all gone back to business as usual and assumed that the virus has been conquered but the recent spurt has clearly demonstrated that there is no room for complacence. So, while it might affect tourist numbers in the short term, there is a need to reinstate some health and screening measures, especially for international arrivals.”

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‘E-visa for Canada welcome move, we now push for South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia’: IATO

Rajnish Kaistha, Hon Secretary, IATO, said, “We have been pushing for more than 8 months now to allow e-tourist visas for many countries which had not been original list. This has caused lots of heartburn among our members and has been loss to all of us as tour operators, hotels and of course revenue loss for the Govt. I am glad that in the last one month the Govt finally started seeing our point of view with e-visa for UK, followed by Malaysia and now much needed Canada. This will help us for 2023 and beyond from these tourism generating countries. We continue to push for remaining countries like South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, etc for e-visas.”

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Heritage properties in India will grow & we’ll make circuits around them: Parveen Chander Kumar, IHCL

Parveen Chander Kumar, Executive Vice President – Sales & Marketing, IHCL, has said that the heritage properties in India will continue to grow. “We are seeing a lot of experiential tourism happening. With the MOT also taking this forward, we have endless properties in India that focusing on story telling of the place and some are centuries old.  This is going to continue, and we are making circuits around them as well,” he added.

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Badri Nath Bajaj and Sunil Gupta bestowed with Hall of Fame award at IATO Convention

IATO honoured Sunil Gupta, Director, Travel Bureau Agra and Badri Nath Bajaj, Founder, Perfect Travels & Tours, with their Hall of Fame award at its 37th annual convention that kicked off in Lucknow, UP. The awards were given away by Ashwini Kumar Patra, Minister of Tourism, Govt of Odisha and Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism, Govt of India.

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