Indian Tourism: Time to reinvent ourselves
The 33nd annual convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will be held from September 7 to 10 at the Mayfair Hotel in Bhubaneshwar in the eastern State of Odisha.
Tourism Minister of the State, Ashok Chandra Panda, personally came to Delhi on August 2 to invite members of IATO to attend the convention in large numbers and see the many attractions of the State. Panda said that footfalls will increase after the IATO meeting. He said the Sate received over 76,000 foreign tourists and nearly one crore – 10 million – domestic tourists.
He revealed that the State has embarked on a more aggressive tourism policy, and connectivity was improving with more international flights.
Convention Chairman Rajiv Mehra and Co-chairman Lally Mathews said that over 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the 3-day event, and many will take post-convention tours to see the many attractions and facilities of the State, which has 480 kms of coastline.
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The IATO convention was last held in Odisha in 2008, and since then, much has changed. Travel and tour agents should see the places as they are today so they can promote them.
IATO President Pronab Sarkar said that the Chief Minister and others are going all-out to see that the event is a grand success.
The theme of the convention is: Indian Tourism – Time to Reinvent Ourselves.