IAAI aims to be on top with I-TOP

The por­tal aims to en­able each as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber to be­come a con­sol­ida­tor that will help them tide over the chal­leng­ing mar­ket con­di­tions.

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In an ef­fort to safe­guard the in­ter­ests of its mem­bers from the cur­rent chal­leng­ing mar­ket con­di­tions and present them with a new rev­enue model, the IATA Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of India (IAAI) has an­nounced that it will launch an ex­clu­sive por­tal that will en­able each of its mem­bers to be­come a con­sol­ida­tor. Ti­tled ‘I-TOP’ which stands for In­dian Travel Agents Own Por­tal, the pro­gram will be launched shortly. This was an­nounced at its An­nual Gen­eral Body Meet­ing of IAAI Ma­ha­rash­tra State unit held in Mumbai re­cently.

Biji Eapen, Na­tional Pres­i­dent, IAAI Na­tional Board, said, “It is the first por­tal of its kind in the his­tory of the avi­a­tion world cre­ated solely for the agents, by the agents. It has so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy and en­hanced in­no­va­tive pro­cess­ing mod­ules. It has been en­riched with fa­cil­i­ties for the user to work as an in­di­vid­ual or a con­sol­ida­tor and op­er­ate through GDS plat­forms and also the In­ter­net to meet the present chal­lenges and com­pe­ti­tions in the In­dus­try with B2B, B2C and B2D fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the new NDC process.” Other is­sues dis­cussed

The team dis­cussed other is­sues dur­ing the AGM that in­cluded the neg­a­tive ef­fect on all IATA agents of the gov­ern­ment re­stric­tion on air travel and LTC wherein only Balmer Lawrie & Com­pany and Ashoka Trav­els & Tours agents have been au­tho­rised to ser­vice all gov­ern­ment and pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ings, in­clud­ing na­tion­alised banks.

The team also brought to no­tice the ‘Fuel Sur­charge’ that air­lines con­tinue to col­lect. He said, “Though the ac­tual re­quired fuel cost is al­ready been ac­counted in the base fare, air­lines are still col­lect­ing an ex­or­bi­tant amount as ‘Fuel Sur­charge’ un­der the YQ tax code, which is nei­ther re­portable to IATA nor to any gov­ern­ment, thereby de­priv­ing the In­dian gov­ern­ment of its right­ful tax rev­enue and the travel agents of our le­git­i­mate agency com­mis­sion.” Air­line rep­re­sen­ta­tives who were present at this AGM in­cluded Oman Air, Air Ara­bia and GoAir.

Biji Eapen Na­tional Pres­i­dent IAAI Na­tional Board

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