29th June 2018

To All IATO Members,

Sub: 34th IATO Annual Convention, 6 – 9 September 2018, Vishakhapatnam

Dear Members,  

We are delighted to announce the 34th IATO Annual Convention being held in Vishakhapatnam from 6 - 9 September 2018, with the full support from Andhra Pradesh Tourism. We have also been assured full support from the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu who has given his consent to grace the Inaugural Function on 6th September 2018 as the Chief Guest.

The venue of the convention is Novotel Hotel Vishakhapatnam.

Let us assure you that you will find this year’s convention to be unique in its character and engaging in its format. We will have good content and interesting business sessions and will move further to a different level by adding quality speakers and more time for networking.

This year’s convention theme is inspired by the challenges our industry is facing to meet the target of 20 Million Tourists by 2020 set up by our Ministry. 

“Mission 20 Million Tourists - Challenges & Possibilities”

We want to focus on the challenges which we have and would explore the possibilities to achieve our target. This convention will be about revitalising our business, our industry, ourselves to take a holistic approach on Challenges and Possibilities.  

The dates will be 6th to 9th September 2018. The inauguration will be in the evening of the 6th September 2018 and the last session ends on the 8th September 2018 followed by closing dinner.  However, for the tour operators and travel agents, there will be an exclusive half day session on 6th September 2018 in the forenoon.   

There will be post-convention tours starting from 9th September 2018 onwards which will include a day trip; 2 trips of 1 night/2 days; and 2 trips of 2 nights/3 days, all terminating at Vishakhapatnam airport by 4 pm respectively. Details of post-convention tours are attached.    

We are in the process of finalizing the logistics and shall send you he registrations details soon but in the meantime please block your calendars. Also please book your air tickets on the cheaper rates presently being offered by various airlines.

IATO convention is the platform which gives you an opportunity to meet your industry colleagues, network and share thoughts and help contribute to the national discussion process on tourism. You owe it to join the IATO convention and support our industry.

More details will follow soon with registration details.  

Very Best Regards


Pronab Sarkar                                 Rajiv Mehra                                             Rajesh Mudgill                            

   President                                   Chairman Convention                             Co-Chairman Convention

                                                        & Vice President                                         & Hony. Secretary


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