The 36th IATO Annual Convention will be held in Gandhinagar Gujarat from 16th to 19th December 2021 and the venue of the convention is The Leela Gandhinagar, announced Rajiv Mehra, President in a statement issued by him today.
While announcing the decision of the Executive Committee, Rajiv Mehra, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) said, “We planned to have our convention in Gujarat in September 2020 but had to postpone the same due to Covid -19.”
Since the situation is improving now day by day and vaccination going full swing, we believe December would be the appropriate time to have our convention. This will give time to the stakeholders to get their second dose, who have not taken it so far and be ready to attend the convention. All SOPs and norms would be strictly followed and all delegates who will attend the convention will have to submit a copy of full vaccination certificate and based on that their convention registration will be accepted.
We are coming back to Gujarat after a gap of 10 years and it will be an excellent opportunity for our members to see the improved and developed infrastructure in Gujarat.
Mehra mentioned, “The stupendous success of the previous convention has raised the expectations of the members and sponsors. More than 900 delegates are expected for 3 days event and the IATO convention is eagerly awaited by all.”
He also mentioned that industry is going through a very bad time and our main focus would be to have deliberations as to how we can revive tourism and bring it back to the pre-covid level.
Various Post Convention Tours would be organised, which would be of great interest for our members. Concurrently with our convention, there will be Travel Mart, which will be an opportunity for the exhibitors to showcase an exciting and diverse range of destinations, conference and Incentive venues, especially by the state governments.