‘Leverage tourism potential of states’
Every corner of India has something unique that can be showcased to the world, asserts Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO. It only needs to be discovered and promoted.
QIATO’s next convention will be in Vizag. Is the association choosing states that have been India’s bestkept secrets?
We received an invitation from Andhra Pradesh Tourism to host our next convention and we gladly accepted. We want to promote every
state of India because they all have potential for tourism. After the division, both Andhra Pradesh as well as Telangana are reviving tourism into their respective states with newer products. Andhra Pradesh is doing its best and they want us to take the lead and put a spotlight on the state, get our members to know their products and promote the same.
They are now getting active with the new government and their capital city of Amravati is also under making.
QHow was this year’s convention? It was altogether a successful convention. All the sessions were very interesting and revitalised our members, which is why we had a
full house till the end. They were also very interactive and people enjoyed it. Moreover, the co-operation extended by the Odisha Tourism Board was fantastic. Everyone including the Chief Minister, the Tourism Minister, Tourism Secretary and even the Governor attended our event. We also saw strong support from the Ministry of Tourism,
Government of India, with the new Tourism Minister himself attending our inauguration.
QHow does their presence help the association? This served as a good encouragement to our members. Conventions are important because tourism then gets due recognition from the State and the Centre. Our voice is heard and the difficulties that we are facing get proper hearing and