TAFI-WI calls for robust participation
The new committee members of the Western India Chapter of the Travel Agents Federation of India met for the first time to discuss its plan of action for the term, including a CSR activity.
The new Managing Committee of the Travel Agents Federation of India – Western India Chapter, met for the first time in Mumbai after the new committee took charge in June this year to discuss various issues troubling their members and their plan of action for the term. Chapter Chairman Abbas Moiz, said, “My first and last issue is to get as many members into our meetings as possible, listen to their problems and views, to add as much value to our members as possible.”
Speaking about the plan devised for this year, he added, “We want to conduct workshops with IATA and have already approached them for this. They will be changing their procedures soon and the entire reporting system will change, so we would like to give a glimpse of it to our members. Currently, the pilot run is going on in Mumbai and Delhi and they will roll it out pan-India by early 2017.”
The team has also initiated a conversation on the impending GST. “It may be good or may be bad for the industry. We will know only when the industry starts to adopt it. We are going straight from the 15-16 per cent Service Tax to 18 per cent and the whole reporting is on the reverse. I think GST is the ideal thing to do. We will take a cue from the national team,” he said. Meanwhile, TAFI National MC is talking to one of the top consultants in India to understand GST.
The team will meet again in September, which will probably coincide with International Tourism Day in Mumbai. “We have earmarked something for CSR activity as well where we want to sponsor two gifted students per year who cannot afford a course fees in the travel industry,” he said.
Abbas Moiz Chapter Chairman TAFI-Western India