IATO President and Office Bearers
Mr. Pronab Sarkar (President)
Swagatam Tours Pvt. Ltd.
203, Swagatam Chambers 23 - A,
Shivaji Marg, Najafgarh Road,
Moti Nagar, New Delhi - 110015
Ph : 011- 25444000,25444001,25444009
Fax : 011-25444010/11
Mr. Sarkar graduated from Delhi University in 1975 with specialization in tourism as a vocational subject. After college at the age of 20, he joined the Tourism Industry & worked in an esteemed tourism company in New Delhi. He is one of the founder members of Destination Management Company “Swagatam Tours Pvt. Ltd.” which was established in 1986. The main operation of the company is inbound tourism meant for bringing tourists from worldwide nations. Mr. Sarkar has been recently elected as the President of IATO, prior to which he was the Hony. Secretary. He has been associated with IATO for last 15 years and has served IATO in various capacities.
He has travelled abroad extensively and has visited many foreign countries for growing his venture and promoting Indian tourism. Presently he is working towards generating business from Middle East, Far East, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and UK regions. He has a good reputation and is a well-known personality in tourism industry due to his ethical business practice. He has in-depth knowledge in tourism field. He believes ‘Knowledge is to share’ and actively participates in contributing his knowledge and experience to the younger generation to develop the career in tourism industry. He is always helpful to the needy and poor people. He has an NGO “Social Interactive Training and Education” to help poor children and running free coaching center for BPL students.
Mr. Rajeev Kohli (Senior Vice President)
Creative Travel Pvt.Ltd.
Creative Plaza, 283
Udyog Vihar, Phase-2,
Gurgaon -122016, Haryana
Ph: +91 - 124 - 456 7777,
(M): +91- 98 10 047 777
Rajeev Kohli was born into the industry and has a passion for travel and showing India to the world. With 23 years of industry experience, today he is Joint Managing Director of Creative Travel, a family legacy of two generations that has showcased this part of the world for over 40 years. Creative has grown to become a prominent, respected and independent DMC offering the finest of cultural experiences, personal immersions and natural wonders all over India and South Asia. At Creative, he focuses on marketing and strategy initiatives. He also has also contributed in making Creative the most globally awarded DMC in South Asia winning over 57 global and nationals awards & recognitions for our service and creativity. Rajeev is also passionate about incentive travel and has taken his team to win 6 SITE Crystal awards for excellence in incentive travel programs, the most of any company in all of Asia.
Rajeev also has a strong upbringing in contributing back to industry. He currently in a second term as the 2017 President of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), the first Asian to ever take this global leadership position. He is also Senior Vice President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), India's apex body for the incoming tourism industry. Rajeev has been the Vice Chairman of the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) and past President of the India Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents. He also speaks at various industry forums across the world and also has many articles and thought papers under his name. He feels that his upbringing has been one that has taught him to respect people, to stay value integrity and to be happy with what one has.
Rajeev has a Master's in Business from the University of Southern California with specializations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. He is also a 'Certified Incentive Specialist'.
In 2015, Rajeev was awarded the prestigious "IMEX Academy Award", a highly prestigious recognition for contribution to a chosen profession.
Rajeev often writers for trade publications and is commonly quoted as an expert source in the media. Rajeev lives in Delhi with his wife and two teenage sons.
Mr. Rajiv Mehra (Vice President)
Uday Tours & Travel Pvt. Ltd.
10/2459 , Beadonpura
New Delhi - 110005
Fax: 011 - 28757108
Graduated in Economic (Honors) from Delhi University (Hans Raj College), Rajiv Mehra is the Director of Uday Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. He has 39 years of vast experience in the tourism industry. He did his schooling from St. Columbus, New Delhi. He joined the tourism Industry in 1977 and later set up his own company i.e. Uday Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd. in 1990. He is currently the Vice President of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO). Prior to being elected as the Vice President, he was the Executive Committee member of IATO. He has been associated with IATO for last 21 years and was especially contributing for IATO annual conventions in a big way. He has extensively travelled and has visited over 30 countries of the world.
Mr. Lally Mathews (Hony. Secretary)
Vacations Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.
136 A Humayunpur ,
Opp, B-6/106, Safdarjung Enclave,
Graduated in Commerce from Hislop College, Nagpur, Lally Mathews comes from a defense background. He has 40 years of vast experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He did his schooling from Mount St. Mary, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi. He joined the hospitality industry in 1976 and later set up his own company i.e. Vacations Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. in 1990.He is currently the Hony. Secretary of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO). Prior to being elected as the Hony. Secretary, he has served IATO in the capacity of Hony. Treasurer, Hony. Joint Secretary and the Executive Committee Member. He has been associated with IATO for last 25 years and has been contributing to IATO in various capacities.
His hobbies are travelling, watching sports and outdoor sports activities. He has travelled abroad extensively and has visited many countries and has participated in global international travel marts.
Mr. Amaresh Tiwari (Hony. Treasurer)
A.T.Seasons & Vacations Travel Pvt Ltd
C-24/A, Acharya Niketan Main Road,
Mayur Vihar Phase-I ,
New Delhi - 110091
Managing Director – A.T. Seasons & Vacations Travel Pvt. Ltd.
Director & Co-Founder – Chrysalid Outdoors Learning Centre India Pvt.Ltd.
Director – Youreka Nature Campouts Pvt. Ltd.
Hony. Treasurer – Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO)
Hony. Secretary – India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB)
Hony. Treasurer – Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) – SITE India Chapter
Amaresh Tiwari is working in the Tourism Industry from 2 decades and he had travel extensively across the continents and specialize in execution of MICE, and Inbound Tours. He devoted large amount of time to the associations cause and contributed lots for the association growth, last 6 years he is in the IATO and ICPB Governing Board. He is one of the first few who started Volunteer Tourism in remote areas and started Rural Tourism thus contributing to the societies.
Through his second venture Chrysalid Outdoors, he has set up camping sites across India and thus generating job opportunities in Rural Area and developing the local economy to shape up.He won several awards and participated in various forums and conferences as speaker.
Mr. Sandeep Jain (Hony. Joint Secretary)
Special Holidays Travel Pvt. Ltd.
B - 73, Sector - 6,
Noida – 201301,
Ph: +91-120-242 4555,
(M): +91- 981 035 6126
Director – Special Holidays Travel Pvt Ltd
Director - Navaha Group of Resorts
President – Jain Milan Swastik NOIDA
Best President Awardee by Bhartiya Jain Milan, an Apex Jain Organisation
Pride of NOIDA Awardee
Jt. Secretary – IATO
Vice President – Rotary Club
President Elect – Rotary Club
Mentor Board at CFO for SMEs
Board Member in CSIE Advisory Board
University Topper, a Science Graduate and dual Management degree holder as “Masters in Tourism Administration” and also “Masters in International Business” from the premier – Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi. Active in Tourism Industry with a rich experience of over 2 decades. Director of Special Holidays Travel Pvt Ltd, winner of National Tourism Award. Also Recipient of the prestigious “Pride of NOIDA” award. Working actively on creating new tourist destination with a thrust to bring these to the World Tourism Map for a healthy Tourism growth, thereby, launched resort venture as Navaha Group of Resorts.
Globally well-travelled and has participated in various International Travel exhibitions and conferences. A visiting lecturer as the key note speaker in Tourism Management Institutes & Universities in India & abroad. An avid Golfer and active member with various Trade associations and a Paul Harris Fellow, have been active in promoting Inbound Tours business.
Mr. Subhash Goyal (IMM. Past President)
Stic Travels Pvt. Ltd.
G-55, Connaught Circus,
Opposite Palika Parking Exit Gate,
New Delhi - 110001
Dr. Subhash Goyal, PHD, M.B.A, B.Com. (Hora Gold Medalist from Sri Ram College of Commerce) is the Chairman of STIC Travels Group, one of India’s biggest travels Group with branches in all the major cities of India. Representing some of the world’s best brands like United Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air China, Srilankan Airlines, Holland America Cruise Line, Europcar, Sal Tours, Wyndham Group of Hotels, etc.He is the Immediate Past President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), and has also served as IATO’s President for more than ten years. Dr. Goyal is the Chairman of Haryana Tourism Mart and the President of The Confederation of Tourism Professionals of India.
Dr. Goyal is the member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Expert Committee on Tourism. He is also the Chairman of the Civil Aviation & Tourism Committee of the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI). He is also the Advisory Board of several Govt. bodies and contributes frequently to National dailies like Hindustan Times, Economic Times, Times of India & various Travel & Trade Magazines on tourism/ aviation subjects. Mr. Goyal is a well-known TV personality frequently appearing on ABP News, ZEE News, Aaj Tak, CNBC, CNN-IBN, NDTV, DD News for interviews/ discussions/ talks etc. Dr. Goyal is an author of a book entitled “Poverty Eradication & Economic Development Through Tourism” which has won him wide recognition and acclaim.