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.
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)