Be­lief in my­self and com­mit­ment to work has been the ba­sis of my life.

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A mo­ment of pride was when all the as­so­ci­a­tions, namely, TAFI, TAAI, IAAI, IATO, ETAA, ADTOI, came to­gether on one plat­form at IMC Mum­bai in 2008. It was a col­lec­tive ef­fort of my team and the en­tire Western In­dia Chap­ter to urge the in­dus­try to think and act like one en­tity. It was an­other first and an ex­tra­or­di­nary feat.

‘Mem­ber First’

As the Chair­per­son, I be­lieve that the mem­ber of as­so­ci­a­tion al­ways comes first. In Western In­dia, the vot­ing sys­tem would first start with the mem­bers, which then would be car­ried out pan In­dia to en­sure that

To cre­ate aware­ness among the mem­bers about the cur­rent happenings in the in­dus­try, we work in tan­dem with the con­sulates, ini­ti­ated changes in the visa poli­cies, held work­shops with the air­lines, worked with the tourism boards and be­came ac­tive with MTDC at the re­gional level. The mem­bers are also the stake­hold­ers, as they are equally re­spon­si­ble for the growth of the as­so­ci­a­tion. We even in­volved a lo­cal visa agent, also a TAFI mem­ber, to help the com­mit­tee with up­dates from var­i­ous con­sulates.

We even or­gan­ised a train­ing ses­sion with Kuoni In­dia, where em­i­nent speak­ers ad­dressed le­gal is­sues. The par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing grew (from 30 to 120), not only from the point of the on­go­ing fight for Com­mis­sion, but with the con­stant en­deav­our of en­sur­ing that the meet­ing was valu­able in terms of time, aware­ness and ac­tion.

Va­suki Sundaram

Owner Wings Travel & Tours Co.

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