IATO discusses the revival strategies and current challenges with members

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Announces its 37th convention in Bangalore, Karnataka scheduled in September during the Interactive Luncheon in Delhi

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) held an interactive luncheon for its members and media partners at the Le Meridien, New Delhi last month. The event aimed at discussing the current concerns of the industry to revive Inbound Tourism. IATO has been constantly in touch with the Central Government to help the tour operators recover their respective businesses with the help of the Ministry of Tourism and has often written to the PMO several times. During his speech, Rajiv Mehra, President- IATO shared the list of concerns that IATO had submitted to Tourism Minister in the recent meeting with G. Kishan Reddy including the concerns like marketing and promotions of India, reinstating of the MDA Scheme, airfares reduction by reducing taxes on ATF, rationalisation of GST on Tourism, restoration of tourist visa for the international travellers and more. He also announced that the 37th Convention of IATO is scheduled to take place in Bangalore, Karnataka tentatively in the month of September this year. The other official details are yet to be disclosed.

Besides the above concerns that were widely discussed during the luncheon, the association members were updated about the issues that have been taken up to the Ministry asking for much- needed attention and addressal. Rajnish Kaistha Hony. Secretary highlighted that IATO had not just requested for restoration of the e-tourist visa but also to resume scheduled international flight operations to bring down the airfares which were very high on air bubble flights. “We will continue all our efforts till we achieve our goals,” Kaistha concluded on a positive note. Ravi Gosain, Vice President- IATO thanked the members & media partners while S.C. Kamra, Advocate and Taxation Consultant was invited to speak about the queries revolving around TCS and e-invoicing.