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Boost­ing mem­ber­ship and its up­com­ing con­ven­tion, are few of the things that IATO is fo­cus­ing on, re­veals Lally Matthews, Hon­orary Sec­re­tary, IATO.

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It’s only been a month af­ter the elec­tions and IATO is al­ready in ac­tion. “There has only been one Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing af­ter the elec­tions, and we have al­ready started work on a few things,” says Matthews. Elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther he says, “The en­quiries that come on the Min­istry of Tourism (MOT) web­site have been con­nected to the IATO sys­tem for the last two years. All these en­quiries are sup­posed to be dis­trib­uted on ro­ta­tion to ev­ery five IATO mem­bers. How­ever, be­fore elec­tions we have had mem­bers com­ing to us say­ing that ei­ther they have not got any en­quiries or have only got re­quests from do­mes­tic mar­ket. Hence, a com­mit­tee has been con­sti­tuted un­der me that will look into it and see where the prob­lem is and get it rec­ti­fied.” The next thing on IATO’s agenda is to in­crease the num­ber of mem­bers. Matthews says, “Be­ing there for more than 25 years, IATO only has 344 ac­tive mem­bers. There are a huge num­ber of al­lied mem­bers as well. How- ever, now we are on a drive to in­crease mem­ber­ship of IATO all over In­dia and in the last EC meet­ing we had de­cided that for the North East states, and An­daman & Ni­co­bar, we will waive off the reg­is­tra­tion fee of 5000 till March 31, 2017. In ad­di­tion, we have writ­ten to our chap­ter chair­men to fo­cus on in­creas­ing the mem­ber­ship. How­ever, we have to be care­ful since many oper­a­tors can de­fault as well.”

He also said that one of the pri­or­i­ties for them is to work on the con­ven­tion. “There hasn’t been a date and venue for this year’s con­ven­tion be­cause of the elec­tions. While the team was con­tem­plat­ing to do it in Chennai, noth­ing has been de­cided as yet. Our first pri­or­ity is to block the dates and then we will de­cide on the venue.” He also added, “We are also look­ing at mak­ing an all women com­mit­tee, apart from reshuf­fling the ear­lier com­mit­tees.”

For the North East, and An­daman & Ni­co­bar, we will waive off the reg­is­tra­tion fee of ` 5000 till March 31, 2017

Lally Matthews

Hon­orary Sec­re­tary IATO

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