IATO 17th Convention - Jodhpur, 23 - 26 August 2001, Hotel Taj Hari Mahal

Theme:  Tourism: The Engine for Economic Growth


Officiating President:  Major Murli Dhar Cosmopolitan Tour Operators and Travel Agents


Convention Chairman:  Vijay Thakur, India Vision Tours and Travels

Hall of Fame Award:  Ghulam Naqshband-Sita World Travel (India) Ltd., Dominic Joseph - Casino Group of Hotels

A brief detail:
  • The convention had a record participation outside Delhi of over 1000 delegates.
  • Chief Guest: Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan.He also inaugurated the convention.
  • Valedictory Address was given by Ananth Kumar,Union Minister of Tourism and Culture.
  • Bina Kak, Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan inaugurated the Indian Tourism Fair.
  • Keynote Address was delivered by Maharaja Gaj Singhji II of Jodhpur.

Business Sessions:
  • 10th Five Year Plan – Will it be Tourism Friendly?
  • Infrastructure – the Edifice of Tourism Industry
  • State as the Tourism Facilitator
  • How to Market a Concept Called Tourism
  • E cotourism: Integrating People and Nature
  • Domestic Tourism – A Sleeping Giant