35th IATO Annual Convention, 12th to 15th September 2019, Kolkata, West Bengal

Our annual convention is one of the most important events on the Indian Travel calendar.

It attracts delegates not only directly involved in handling travellers, but also brings in a strong participation from states as well as numerous senior dignitaries from the political and administrative arms of central and state governments.

The convention is the main gathering of stakeholders in the tourism industry and the ground for forming strategies and policies for the coming year. The event also attracts widespread trade and mainstream media coverage.

To grow, you need to invest. Invest in your business in your employees, in your marketing. As important are those direct investments, you also need to invest in your industry. Today is an era of co-operation and not competition. We need to use this convention as a venue to share ideas, to exchange strategies and to devise a road map on taking the industry forward After all, you only reap what you sow.

So come and join in the celebration of who we are as an industry, in recognition of the service we do to the nation and in the growth of industry we work in. Join us in Kolkata.

 35th IATO Annual Convention, 12th to 15th September 2019, Kolkata, West Bengal
General Information


IATO's Annual Convention is regarded as one of the most important events on the Indian tourism and attracts strong participation of decision makers from the private sector, central & state governments and brings in dignitaries from across the country and overseas. There can be no better opportunity to communicate your message directly to such a targeted audience. At one platform, you will have the who's who of the Indian travel industry. A number of sponsorship opportunities are available where you can showcase and promote your product or services.
  • Participation in Marketing Innovation Competition Details for each category (Details in form D) You may download the form from the below link.
  • Taking booth in Indian Tourism Fair (Details in form C). You may download the form from the below link.
  • Sponsoring Door Prizes that will be announced every day during the business sessions
Sponsoring Gift items to be put into delegates' kit bags. Please note, no printed brochures /material would be accepted for delegate kit bags. Sample of gift proposed may be sent to IATO office for approval.


Like previous years, members will enjoy a fun morning with the colleagues and participate in a 'Run for Responsible Tourism' at Kolkata. For those who do not want to run, enjoy a pleasant shorter walk with your friends in the morning. Refreshments will be served following the race. You can sign up when you register for the conference or if you forgot, send us an email.


Not only will you gain knowledge from attending the session, but you also have the opportunity to win one of the many great door prizes.

 35th IATO Annual Convention, 12th to 15th September 2019, Kolkata, West Bengal
Tentative Programme

Thursday, 12th September,  2019            

1000 - 1700 hrs          Registration at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata, West Bengal  

1000 - 1700 hrs          Registration for IATO Run for Responsible Tourism at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata            

1030 – 1230 hrs         Interactive meeting of Tour Operators/Travel Agents at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata, West Bengal                

1315 - 1415 hrs          Lunch at ITC Royal Bengal Kolkata  

1600 - 1900 hrs          Inaugural Function at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata

1930 - 2230 hrs          Culture Programme, Cocktails and Dinner at Eco Park, Rajarhat, Kolkata

Friday, the 13th September, 2019

0930 -  1015 hrs         Inauguration of India Tourism Fair/Mart – 2019 at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata

1015 – 1145 hrs          Business Sessions/State Presentations  

1145 – 1200 hrs          Tea Break/B2B

1200 – 1315 hrs          Business Sessions/State Presentations    

1315 - 1415 hrs           Lunch/B2B

1415 - 1600 hrs           Business Session/State Presentations  

1600 - 1615 hrs           Tea Break/B2B

1615 - 1730 hrs           Business Session/State Presentations 

1745 hrs                       Depart for respective Hotels 

1930 - 2230 hrs           Cultural Programme, Cocktail and Dinner at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata 

Saturday, the 14th September, 2019

0630 - 0800 hrs           IATO Run for Responsible Tourism  

1000 - 1130 hrs           Business Sessions/State Presentations  

1130 - 1200 hrs           B2B/Tea Break

1200 - 1300 hrs           Business Session/State Presentation  

1300 - 1400 hrs           Lunch/B2B

1400 - 1500 hrs           Business Session/State Presentation    

1500 - 1545 hrs           Valedictory Session

1545 - 1600 hrs           Tea Break/B2B

1600 - 1730 hrs           Motivation Session

1730 – 1815 hrs          Award Presentation Ceremony

1830 hrs                       Depart for respective hotels  

1945 -2230 hrs            Entertainment, Cocktail and Dinner onboard M.V. Auspicious hosted by Vivada Cruise

Sunday, the 15th September 2019

Departure of delegates and Post Convention Tours.


  • Registration for the convention and IATO Run would be at ITC Royal Bengal 2019.

  • Inaugural Session on 12th September, 2019 Biswa Bangla Convention Centre Kolkata.

  • Inaugural Dinner on 12th September 2019 will be at Eco Park, Rajarhat, Kolkata.   

  • All business sessions, tourism mart, B2B meetings and lunch on 13th and 14th September 2019 will be at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata.

  • Dinner on 13th September 2019 will be at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata.

    Dinner on 14th September 2019 will be onboard M.V. Auspicious hosted by Vivada Cruise.

  • IATO Secretariat will function from ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata from 10th September 2019.   


Click here to register   REGISTRATION CLOSED

Online registration for the 35th IATO Convention, Kolkata is closed. Spot registration will open from 10 September 2019 @ 1000 Hrs at the venue Hotel ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata. Looking forward to welcome you in Kolkata the city of joy.

35th IATO Convention Kolkata : Registration Fee
Last date for registration is 31st August 2019 (Without late fee).

Member: Rs. 5310 /- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, spouse complimentary
Non-Member: Rs. 7670/- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, spouse complimentary

Members Rs. 6490/- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, spouse complimentary
Non Members - Rs. 8850/- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, spouse complimentary

35th IATO Convention Kolkata : Hotels
S. No. Name of Hotel Rates (Rs.) CPAI
Single Double
1. ITC Royal Bengal Kolkata (Venue Hotel) 6490 6490
2. ITC Sonar Bangla Kolkata 6490 6490
3. Vivanta (earlier known as The Gateway Hotel EM Bypass Kolkata) 4720 4720
4. Ibis Kolkata Rajarhat 3425 3425

35th IATO Convention Kolkata : Spouse Tours
S. No. Tour Name Place
1. City Sightseeing Tour Half Day City Tour - Complimentary (13th September 2019)
2. Shopping Tour Half Day Shopping Tour - Complimentary (14th September 2019)

35th IATO Convention Kolkata : Post Convention Tours
S. No. Rate Tour Details
1. Rs. 590 Per Pax Same Day Return - Pingla Pattachitra Activity (15th Sept. 2019)
2. Rs. 590 Per Pax Same Day Return - Bansberia, Chinsurah, Chandernagore & Serampore (15th Sept. 2019)
3. Rs. 1180 Per Pax One Night/Two Days - Sundarban Experience (15th–16th Sept. 2019)
4. Rs. 1180 Per Pax One Night/Two Days - Rajbari Bawali(15th–16th Sept. 2019)
5. Rs. 1770 Per Pax Two Nights/Three Days - Bishnupur & Shantiniketan (15th–17th Sept.2019)
6. Rs. 1180 Per Pax One Night/ Two Days - Bandel- Exotic Heritage Group (15th–16th Sept. 2019)
Important Information 

Registration Form without payment will not be accepted.

  • All columns must be filled in as these are required for confirming bookings to the hotel.

  • Last date for registration is 31st August, 2019 (without late fee).

  • Registration forms duly filled in along with the fee need to be forwarded to: Indian Association of Tour Operators, 310, Padma Tower- II, 22, Rajendra Place, New Delhi-110008.

  • All payments by cheque/demand draft should be drawn in favour of “Indian Association of Tour Operators” on any Delhi bank.

  • For additional delegates, please use photocopy of the blank form.

  • Late fee supplement of Rs. 1000/- would be charged for Registration Forms received after 1st September 2019.

  • Any change or substitution in the name of the delegate will attract a charge of Rs. 500/- per substitution as secretarial charges.

  • If cancellation is received on or before 31st August 2019, the amount will be refunded, after deduction of Rs. 1000/- towards secretarial charges. No refund will be made if cancellation is received on or after 1st September, 2019. The registration fee includes participation at all sessions, social functions receptions, lunches, dinners, city sightseeing, spouses programmes etc.

  • While IATO has negotiated special discounted rates with the hotels and will help you in getting room reservation on first-come-first serve basis, the delegates shall have to pay all hotel charges including room tariff directly to the hotels.

  • Hotels will charge one night retention in case of cancellation received on or after 2nd September 2019.

  • In case of cancellation received after 8th September 2019 in case of no show, hotel will charge retention for the whole nights booked.

  • For such cancellations/No shows, Hotel will send the invoice/bills to IATO which will be sent to the concerned delegate for settlement directly with the hotel under intimation to IATO.

35th IATO Annual Convention, 12th to 15th September 2019, Kolkata, West Bengal 
Spouse Tours and Post Convention Tours

Various post-convention tours and spouse tours have been arranged for the delegates and for their spouses as details given below. Delegates interested to join the tour may indicate tour no. on the registration form. (Program and number of tours shall remain subject to change).


Spouse Tour No. - 1

13th September – City Sightseeing Tour.  Departure at 1400 hrs from ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata after Lunch.

Half day city tour with an introduction about the glory of Bengal, visit the Idol makers colony – Kumartuli, Drive around the heritage buildings of Dalhousie Square, visit the Mother Teresa’s House, the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity followed by Victoria Memorial (garden only), Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Kalighat Kali Temple.

Spouse Tour No. - 2

14th September – Shopping Tour. Departure at 1030 hrs from ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata - Half day visit to Gariahat Market. Return by lunch.


Post Tour No. 1 - Same Day Return – ( Rs. 590 Per Pax) Pingla Pattachitra Activity – Lunch hosted by Bangla Natak.

15th September 2019:

Depart from your hotel to see the village, interact with artists, attend demonstration of natural colour making, have lunch at village, if time permits visit Madur weavers' village at Sabang (half an hour away), drive back to Kolkata Airport 1730 hours .

Naya village in Pingla is home to 250 Patachitra painters or 'Patuas'. Patuas paint stories in a series of frames on long scrolls of cloth using natural colors. A day visit to Naya, Pingla to take a village tour, see the beautifully painted walls and the colour trail, participate in workshops to learn to make natural colours. Visit the Folk Art Centre to learn about different kinds of scrolls, the stories and marvel at the wide range of diversified products.

Post Tour No. 2 - Same Day Return – ( Rs. 590 Per Pax) Day Excursion Trip to Bansberia, Chinsurah, Chandernagore & Serampore

15th September 2019:

After Breakfast Proceed to Bansberia (55kms) to see the 2 unique temples of Bengal Terracottah architecture. The Ananta Basudeva and Hanseshwari Temple lie adjacent to each other. Ananta Basudeva Temple is octagonal in shape built in 1679 built by Raja Rameswar Dutta. Sculptured inscriptions from Mahabharata, Ramayana and Krishnalila can be found on the walls. Lunch at The Park.

From Bansberia drive to Hooghly to see the Imambara constructed by Haji Mohd. Mohsin in 1861. This prayer hall of Shia Muslims is a beautiful evidence of Islamic Architecture. Drive to Chinsurah, once a Dutch colony. Visit Octagonal Dutch Church, Residence of Dutch General which is now Mohsin College, Armenian Church, Chinsurah Court.

Next visit Chandernagore, which was French Colony and still carrying the touch of the bygone days in Museum, Institute De Chandernagore, St. Joseph Convent, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Hotel de Paris (Presently City Civil Court) and The Strand.

Last point in the circuit is Serampore .This Danish Colony was previously known as Fredericknagore. Most important evidence of Danish Settlement is Carey’s College built by Sir William Carey in 1819, now known as Serampore College. Other architectural sites are College of Textile Technology, Roman Catholic Church, Danish Governor’s Palace (Presently City Civil Court). Then drive back to Kolkata Airport to reach by1730 hours.

Explore the rich colonial heritage of Bengal along the banks of the most important river of Northern and North Eastern India – The Ganga or referred to as Ganges. Over the centuries traders from all over the world have come by sea, river or land and settled on the banks of the Ganges in Bengal and have imparted this state with its most unique character.

Post Tour No. 3 - 15th–16th September 2019 One Night /2 days (Rs. 1180 Per Pax ) – Sundarban Experience :-

Transfer to Gothkhali (109Kms/3Hrs) through beautiful countryside’s and rural bazaar. Arrive at Gothkhali Jetty and board in to the motorized boat. After Briefing and interpretation by our local guide cum naturalist over welcome drink, cruise through Vidyadhari, Durgaduani and Gumdi rivers to the Sudhanyakhali watch tower and visit to Sajnekhali Interpretation centre. Experience the Island Cruise and arrive at Island and check in into Resort. Evening you might enjoy the infotainment by the local villagers. Overnight at the Sundarban Tiger Camp/Tora Eco Resort.

Morning after breakfast experience the village walk and to be followed by a manually oared country boat ride. Check out of the village camp and board the local boat for a cruise to NaubankiDeulbharani – Panchamukhani and numerous creeks and visit Dobanki to experience the Canopy Walk in the Tower. Lunch onboard the cruise, followed by transfer to Kolkata to reach airport by 17:30 hrs.

is a part of the world`s largest delta of mangrove forest formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna and recognized as one of the most unique eco-systems of the world. An UNESCO World Heritage Site Sundarban’s Mangrove forest covers an area of 4264 sq. km with 104 tiny islands.

Post Tour No. 4 - 15th–16th September 2019 One Night /2 days (Rs. 1180 Per Pax ) – Rajbari Bawali :-

DAY 01 (15/09/19): KOLKATA – BAWALI
Depart from your hotelafter Breakfast and transfer to RajbariBawali (35 Kms / 1.5hrs) - Just over an hour away from Kolkata, this palatial structure has been restored to create a luxury heritage boutique hotel which opened its doors to the public in 2016. There are a variety of activities & experiences to keep the guests engaged while some enjoy a relaxing weekend using up the spa and swimming pool facilities, others venture out to experience the rural Bengal village life with guided tours that also includes a village walk, a cycle tour and more.

Explore the village and later transfer back to reach Kolkata Airport by 1730 hours.

The Rajbari Bawali:
An extraordinary architectural masterpiece which was built 300 years ago with a true village life experience in Bengal.

Post Tour No. 5 - 15th–17th September 2019 2 Night /3 days (Rs. 1770 Per Pax ) – Bishnupur & Shantiniketan :-

After an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Shantiniketan (175kms/3.5hrs). After light refreshment at Tourist Lodge at Shantiniketan proceed to visit Amar Kutir. It is a cooperative that produces leather goods, Kantha stitched sarees, bamboo crafts and batik. The cooperative, Amar Kutir Society for Rural Development, established in 1978, is an organization built to promote the village arts and crafts. Founded by Rabindranath Tagore, it was formerly an ashram for political prisoners who were released from the colonial British jails. After Amar Kutir, visit to Uttarayana Complex and Kala Bhawan. Drive to Bishnupur (110kms/03hrs) and overnight at hotel.

Morning after breakfast proceed for a tour of a cluster of Terracottah Temples built in 16th century. Here also you can take subject diversion if the architecture makes you tired and meet the scroll painters and Dashavatar card makers or visit the famous Bishnupuri silk weavers workshop. Post lunch drive to Panchmurah village of Terracottah artisans. Evening free for individual activity and leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 03 (17/09/19) | BISHNUPUR – KOLKATA

Morning after breakfast transfer to NSCB Airport Kolkata (145Kms/4.5Hrs), Tour Ends.
  • BISHNUPUR: Be a part of the glorious past that is reflected in its rich temple architecture, music, handcrafts like pottery & weaving. Bishnupur is famous for its brilliant & detailed terracotta temples that has withstood the ravages of time.
  • SHANTINIKETAN: Known world over for being the home of Nobel Laureate “Rabindranath Tagore”, Shantiniketan has truly abided by its meaning “Abode of Peace”, visit the university town and get lost in time.

Post Tour No. 6 - 15th–16th September 2019 1 Night /2 days (Rs. 1180 Per Pax ) – Bandel- Exotic Heritage Group - Ganges Voyager 2/Bengal Ganga

DAY 01 (15 Sep. 2019)
At 12 noon Embarkation/Boarding at Botanical Garden Jetty, Howrah, Kolkata. Lunch onboard and sailtowards Bandel. Cultural program on sundeck. Dinner onboard/ Over Night at Bandel Down to Uttarpada.

Day 2 (16 Sept 2019)

07:30 hrs           Start Sailing towards Botanical Garden. Breakfast onboard

10:30 hrs           Disembarkations

Transfer back to reach Kolkata to reach by 1200 hours. Members can take flight after 2.30 pm


  • All post tour will conclude at Kolkata Airport at 1730 hours.
  • For the members who wish to stay in the hotel on return after the post tour, IATO has negotiated the same room rates as applicable during the convention. Please fill in the same on the form in case you want to stay at the Hotel.
  • Registration for post-convention tours would be on FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS and will close on 22nd August 2019.
  • All delegates to carry Original Government approved Identity Card (Driving License/Aadhar Card/Passport/Voters ID card) of each and every residing guests, including children. The same has to be submitted at the time of check-in.at any hotel and Sundarbans Excursion especially. Please note that Pan Card will NOT be accepted as a proof of identity.
  • Delegates who are taking any of the Post-Convention from Post Tour No. 1 to 5 should book their flights/ train tickets departing Kolkata any time after 2000 hours. Members taking post tour no. 6 can book flight after 2.30 pm.
  • Accommodation will be on sharing room basis.
  • Post tour charges are mentioned below which will include transport and accommodation per pax on sharing a twin bedded room on room plus breakfast basis.

                Post Tour no. 1 -  Rs. 590 per pax  

                Post tour no. 2  -  Rs. 590 per pax  

                Post tour no. 3  -  Rs. 1180 per pax  

                Post tour no. 4  -  Rs. 1180 per pax  

                Post tour no. 5  -  Rs. 1770 per pax  

                Post tour no. 6  -  Rs. 1180 per pax  

 35th IATO Annual Convention, 12th to 15th September 2019, Kolkata, West Bengal


 35th IATO Annual Convention, 12th to 15th September 2019, Kolkata, West Bengal
Download Brochure and Forms
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Form A - Delegate Registration Form 
Form B - Application Form for Advertisement in India Tour Operators’ Manual 2019-19
Form C - Indian Tourism Fair 2019
Form D - Application Form for Competition for Marketing Innovation