Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion takes cen­tre stage

The Out­bound Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (OTOAI) is set to or­gan­ise its fourth an­nual con­ven­tion in Cape Town, South Africa from Au­gust 11-14, 2018 on the theme ‘Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion – The Way For­ward’.

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The Ex­ceu­tive Com­mit­tee of OTOAI led by its Pres­i­dent Ma­hen­dra Vakharia signed an MoU with Bunny Bhoola, Di­rec­tor, African Link Travel, for its South Africa con­ven­tion at a press con­fer­ence held in New Delhi. The as­so­ci­a­tion’s con­ven­tions till date have been pri­mar­ily held in Asia and the Mid­dle East – Manila, Bali and Ras Al Khaimah re­spec­tively.

Ex­plain­ing the core theme of the con­ven­tion, Vakharia said, “To un­der­stand dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion in to­tal­ity, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand how we can lever­age that to our day li­a­bil­ity. In­ter­est­ingly, there is a line-up of es­teemed speak­ers whom we are al­ready in touch with and are ex­cited to in­tro­duce them as guest speak­ers to our In­dian out­bound in­dus­try.”

“Cape Town is a stun­ning city with ta­ble moun­tain as the back­drop. A lot of ex­cite­ment is gen­er­ated since the time we have made con­ven­tion an­nouce­ments as a slow teaser. We have been re­ceiv­ing calls and en­quiries from mem­bers about pack­ages and com­mence­ment of

To un­der­stand dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion in to­tal­ity, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand how we can lever­age that to our profit li­a­bil­ity

The pre and post Fams will in­clude at­trac­tions like Gar­den Route, Kruger Na­tional Park, Sun City and Jo­han­nes­burg

book­ings. What bet­ter year to hold a con­ven­tion in South Africa when the coun­try is cel­e­brat­ing the 100th birth cen­te­nary of iconic leader - dent that it’s go­ing to be big sell-out,” he ex­claimed.

Alpa Jani, Man­ager Trade Re­la­tions, South African Tourism, who was also present at the event, said, “The OTOAI con­ven­tion is an ex­cel­lent plat­form that will help us in on the des­ti­na­tion to the travel trade through pre and post fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tours.” Hop­ing to cross the 100,000 mark in 2018, Jani men­tioned that last year, the ar­rival num­bers from In­dia to South Africa were closed at 98000 in 2017.

Hi­man­shu Patil, Vice Pres­i­dent and Chair­man-Con­ven­tion,

OTOAI, said, “We are ex­pect­ing a par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 200 mem­bers and have al­ready re­ceived more than 75 reg­is­tra­tions. The pre and post Fams will in­clude at­trac­tions like Gar­den Route, Kruger Na­tional Park, Sun City and Jo­han­nes­burg.”

Clear­ing myths about the wa­ter scarcity is­sue in Cape Town, Vakharia said, “Everybody in the city is ex­tremely con­scious of how they are go­ing to con­serve and con­sume wa­ter. The way peo­ple have tack­led the con­cern is in­cred­i­ble. Cape Town aims to cut down the us­age of wa­ter to 50 litres per per­son within the next few months. With taps run­ning in full swing, Cape Town is ready and alive to wel­come any num­ber of tourists.”

Hi­man­shu Patil Vice Pres­i­dent and Chair­man-Con­ven­tion, OTOAI

Ma­hen­dra Vakharia Pres­i­dent OTOAI

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