IATO works with state govt

The as­so­ci­a­tion is now part of the gov­ern­ment think tank that de­lib­er­ates on show­cas­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra as a des­ti­na­tion for tourism, art, cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment.

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Ever since she has taken over the po­si­tion, Va­suki Sun­daram, Chair­man (Ma­ha­rash­tra Chapter), In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Tour Op­er­a­tors (IATO) has been im­mersed in ac­ti­vat­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s re­gional arm. She is now part of the gov­ern­ment think tank that was formed by Vi­jay Ku­mar Gau­tam (IAS), For­mer Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary—Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra. Vinita Vaid Sing­hal has since been named as the state’s new Tourism Sec­re­tary.

Speak­ing about the think tank, Sun­daram says, “Stake­hold­ers from var­i­ous seg­ments of the in­dus­try are part of this. We have peo­ple from the Fed­er­a­tion of Ho­tel & Restau­rant As­so­ci­a­tions of In­dia (FHRAI), from Bol­ly­wood and var­i­ous pro­duc­tion houses, from the tourism in­dus­try, artists, etc. It is nec­es­sary to have rep­re­sen­ta­tion from dif­fer­ent seg­ments to get a wider per­spec­tive. We de­lib­er­ate on how to show­case Ma­ha­rash­tra and Mum­bai to the rest of the coun­try and the world. We have been talk­ing about open­ing up all recre­ation cen­tres. In fact, we re­cently had a show where all the gar­dens were opened and about 100-plus artists had per­formed on a Sun­day. So they are try­ing to have a sin­gle-win­dow li­cense wherein peo­ple can ac­cess and per­form in var­i­ous spots.” This, she said, will en­sure greater foot­falls into Mum­bai with vis­i­tors en­joy­ing live en­ter­tain­ment. IATO’s Ma­ha­rash­tra chapter is also work­ing on push­ing cruise tourism and tak­ing stock of the de­vel­op­ment of the new cruise ter­mi­nal.

Va­suki Sun­daram Chair­man (Ma­ha­rash­tra Chapter), In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Tour Op­er­a­tors (IATO)

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