ETW Staff – Mumbai
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) is hosting The Indian Travel Congress – 2013, its 61st annual convention from December 13-16, 2013 at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru. The theme of the convention will be ‘Connect, Co-operate, Collaborate’. The event will be held along with India Travel Trade Expo (ITTE) and TAAI Travel Awards. After six years, TAAI has selected India as a venue for its convention. The last time India hosted this convention was in 2007 at Chennai.
Speaking about the reason for choosing the theme, Iqbal Mulla, president, TAAI said, “Keeping in mind the present scenario and challenges faced by the travel and tourism industry, we have designed our theme, which we believe is appropriate for the current scenario. The need of the hour is to ‘Connect, Co-operate, Collaborate’ for the benefit of our businesses. The convention will give an opportunity to interact and develop relationships with industry stakeholders. We are working on pre and post convention tours and finalising business sessions.”
The chief guests for the convention will include – K Siddaramaiah, chief minister Karnataka; R V Deshpande, minister for tourism, Government of Karnataka. Secretary of ministry of civil aviation, Government of India, has also consented to be part of the event. The inauguration of the convention will be followed by a gala dinner. The inauguration of ITTE will be held on the second day, followed by business sessions. The TAAI Travel Awards will be held in the evening of the second day. On December 15, networking and business sessions will continue, followed by a farewell dinner. TAAI will have its annual general meeting on the last day.