‘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.

Travel Talk - India - - NEWS - HAZEL JAIN

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

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