ADTOI launch theme for con­ven­tion

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Do­mes­tic Tour Op­er­a­tors of In­dia (ADTOI) will host its 8th An­nual Con­ven­tion-cum-ex­hi­bi­tion at Novo­tel, Varun Beach, Visakha­p­at­nam from Novem­ber 17-18 and have de­cided on the theme for the same.

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The theme of ADTOI con­ven­tion this year is ‘Do­mes­tic Tourism: Ex­plore In­dia - One Coun­try, Many Worlds,’ un­der which the as­so­ci­a­tion will ex­plore var­i­ous facets of its con­ven­tion venue - Visakha­p­at­nam. P P Khanna, Pres­i­dent, ADTOI, says, “We are ex­pect­ing over 300 del­e­gates from across In­dia. Through this con­ven­tion, we hope to show­case the world-class fa­cil­i­ties in Andhra Pradesh and its vast po­ten­tial for do­mes­tic tourism. The ra­tio of do­mes­tic travel in Amer­ica, which has a pop­u­la­tion less than In­dia, is 1:6 which means that one per­son trav­els six times within Amer­ica in a year. The same ra­tio in In­dia, the most pop­u­lous coun­try in the world, is only 1:3. This shows that the po­ten­tial of do­mes­tic travel in In­dia is huge, and needs to be lever­aged.”

Khanna fur­ther in­formed that the con­ven­tion will ad­dress key in­dus­try is­sues like GST and its im­pact on do­mes­tic tourism; threat of on­line travel agents to the small and medium busi­nesses and will also de­lib­er­ate on the ways the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, state gov­ern­ment and pri­vate play­ers can work in col­lab­o­ra­tion to im­prove tourist in­fras­truc­ture in the coun­try. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Au­thor­ity is the state part­ner for the Con­ven­tion while the as­so­ci­a­tion is also seek­ing sup­port from other state tourism boards like Gu­jarat, Mad­hya Pradesh, Ker­ala, West Ben­gal, Odisha, Jammu and Kash­mir and Te­lan­gana.

Ra­jat Sawh­ney, Vice Pres­i­dent and Con­ven­tion Chair­man, ADTOI, adds, “We re­alised that de­spite be­ing a na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion, we did not have a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in South In­dia. With this con­ven­tion, we hope to leave an im­print in var­i­ous parts of South In­dia which will also ben­e­fit our mem­bers from the re­gion. We also plan to start a state chap­ter in Andhra Pradesh soon.” Com­ment­ing on the choice of Vizag as the con­ven­tion venue, Sawh­ney elab­o­rates, “Our pur­pose is to of­fer a new des­ti­na­tion to the mem­bers. Visakha­p­at­nam has been per­ceived as a busi­ness des­ti­na­tion but we want to show­case it as a leisure spot. The city is blessed with nat­u­ral beauty, hill ranges, pris­tine beaches and lush, nat­u­ral val­leys. Some of the in­ter­est­ing des­ti­na­tions of tourist in­ter­est are the Araku Val­ley, Borra Caves, Kailasa­giri Hill, Rama-Kr­ishna Beach, Sub­ma­rine Mu­seum and the Dol­phin’s Nose to name a few.”

Ra­jat Sawh­ney Vice Pres­i­dent and Con­ven­tion Chair­man, ADTOI

P P Khanna Pres­i­dent ADTOI

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