32nd IATO Annual Convention, 18-21 September 2016 at Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

9th August 2016 
 
To All Members, 
 
Dear Friends, 
 
Sub: 32nd IATO Annual Convention, 18-21 September 2016 at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) 
 
You will be glad to know that the dates and venue for the 32nd IATO Annual Convention have been finalized and convention would be held from Sunday, the 18th September to Wednesday, the 21stSeptember 2016 at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
 
The theme and the subjects for the business session are being decided and details will follow soon.
 
As you all know IATO Annual Convention is one of the most important events of the Indian travel calendar. It attracts delegates not only directly involved in handling tourists, but also brings in a strong participation from the various State Governments. Numerous senior dignitaries from the political and administrative arms of central and state governments are also part of this convention. The convention is the main gathering of stakeholders in the tourism industry and the ground for discussing and forming strategies and policies for the coming year. The event also attracts wide media coverage. 
 
There would be a host of activities like Travel Mart, Post Tours, Spouse Tours, IATO Run for Responsible Tourism, Cultural Evenings etc. 
 
Special hotel rates are being negotiated and will be conveyed soon. 
 
Members are requested to block these dates in your calendar and also book your air/train ticket for Chennai as the airfare at this stage are very low. 
 
The tentative programme of the convention is as under:-
 
18th September 
                                
1300 hrs – An interactive meeting of Tour Operators/Travel Agents with lunch at ITC Grand Chola
1930 hrs – Cocktail/Dinner for all delegates at Hotel Le Royal Meridien(Tentative)  
 
19th September
0930 hrs  - Inauguration of the convention
1130 hrs  - Inauguration of Travel mart followed by lunch
1400 -1800 hrs - Business Sessions
1930 hrs  - Cocktail/Dinner at ITC Grand Chola
  
20th September 2016
0630 hrs  - IATO Run for Responsible Tourism
1000 – 1300 hrs – Business Session
1300 – 1400 hrs – Lunch 
1400 - 1800 hrs -  Business Sessions 
1930 hrs – Cocktail/Dinner at ITC Grand Chola 
 
21st September 2016
Departure of Delegates and Post Convention Tours. Details for the post convention tours are as follows:- 
 
Post Tour no. 1 (21st September 2016)
 
Same day Kanchipuram. Dept at 0830 hrs and return Chennai airport to reach by 1700 hrs (book any flight departing after 1900 hrs)
    
Post Tour no. 2 – (21st September 2016)
Same day Mahabalipuram – Depart at 0900 hrs and return Chennai airport to reach by 1700 hrs (book any flight departing after 1900 hrs)
 
Post Tour No. 3  - (21st September – 22nd September 2016)
 
Over night Trip to Tirupati – On 21st September Depart at 0800 hrs for Tirumala Tirupati Devashanam via Vellore Golden Temple. Evening visit Tirumala Tirupati Devashanam for Darshan. Next day morning time free for independent Darshan by the delegates. At 1100 hrs leave for Chennai airport and reach Chennai Airport by 1800 hrs (book any flight departing after 2000 hrs)
 
More details will follow with the registration form.   
 
We seek your full support for making this convention a grand success and request you to participate along with your spouse, colleagues and senior staff by registering as delegates. We also seek you support for the advertisement in IATO manual. In case you would like to take a booth, please do so at your earliest as this year we have a huge demand for booths and it will be given strictly on First Come First Serve Basis.  
 
Further details of the convention would be sent shortly. 
 
With regards,
 
Pronab Sarkar        Rajeev Kohli                 Rajiv Mehra
President               Chairman Convention   Co-Chairman Convention