OTOAI, Turk­ish coun­cil sign MoU

The Coun­cil’s first ini­tia­tive will be to or­gan­ise a mega ed­u­ca­tional tour for all ac­tive as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers to Turkey this Septem­ber to pro­mote bi­lat­eral tourism.

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T he Out­bound Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (OTOAI) has signed an MoU with Turk­ish In­dian Tourism Coun­cil ( TITC) to pro­mote bi­lat­eral tourism be­tween In­dia and Turkey. The agree­ment was signed on the side­lines of the sec­ond OTOAI Con­ven­tion in Bali be­tween the OTOAI Pres­i­dent

Guldeep Singh Sahni and Emin Cak­mak, Chair­man of TITC. Through this MoU, OTOAI will form an In­doTurk­ish Tourism Coun­cil with its mem­bers who can co­or­di­nate with mem­bers of TITC to pro­mote tourism be­tween the two coun­tries. Both sides will meet reg­u­larly once ev­ery year to dis­cuss ways in which we can col­lab­o­rate and in­crease bi­lat­eral tourism this can be done, at­tract­ing in­vestors from both sides in tourism in­dus­try.

As a sur­prise, Cak­mak also an­nounced a mega fa­mil­iari­sa­tion trip for the as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers. He said, “I am glad to an­nounce that as the first ini­tia­tive of sign­ing the agree­ment, we will or­gan­ise a mega ed­u­ca­tional tour to Is­tan­bul plus one more city this Septem­ber for all 200-plus ac­tive mem­bers. The pro­gram will be for three nights and three days where they will ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new as re­peat trav­ellers. We have in­cor­po­rated new prod­ucts in this trip that will help the mem­bers of­fer some­thing new to their cus­tomers and gen­er­ate new busi­ness. It will serve as a new itin­er­ary for re­peat trav­ellers and it will all be hosted by TITC mem­bers Is­tan­bul to Is­tan­bul.”

Re­spond­ing to this, Sahni said, “We are moved by this ges­ture and the kind of sup­port that we are get­ting from TITC. We have worked with many other as­so­ci­a­tions be­fore but it’s dif­fer­ent with this as­so­ci­a­tion. We have a great bond­ing be­tween OTOAI and TITC.”

Cak­mak added that the itin­er­ary will also in­clude rides on lux­ury yachts and gulets in the Aegean Sea in Turkey. “We will ne­go­ti­ate with Turk­ish Air­lines for air­fare. We will tackle ev­ery is­sue you face in Turkey as we have since the last 10 years,” he added.

Emin Cak­mak of TITC, Guldeep Singh Sahni & Riaz Mun­shi of OTOAI at the TITC-OTOAI MoU sign­ing at Bali Con­ven­tion

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