11th January 2021

To All Members,

Dear All,

Please find appended the Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 28th December 2020 to Sunday, 3rd January 2021)

Rahul Chakravarty


Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 28th December to Sunday, 3rd January 2021)

Dear Members


Please find appended relevant activities of our association for the period (Monday, 28th December to Sunday, 3rd January 2021)

_Segments covered are_

1.         Communication / Letters that addressed key issues

2.         Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings/Chapter news

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1.  Communication / Letters that addressed key issues

_Segment 1 update sequence by date: 31 December __ _

Thursday, 31st   December

Ø Request to issue Guidelines/Procedure for Issuance of Airport Entry Passes for the Tour Operators

IATO thanked Mrs. Usha Padhee Joint Secretary Ministry of Civil Aviation for her help and support to have extended the issuance of airport Entry Passes for the tour operators. Following up on the request made on 24th July 2020 IATO urged to her to kindly address the change, if any, in procedure and guidelines for the passes, which were being finalised.
Under her guidance India is operating flights under Air Bubble agreement with various countries and there are lot of passengers travelling
to/from India, who need airport assistance including elderly Indian nationals, families with small children and foreigners with business visa etc. but member tour operators who applied for the passes have been denied and they could not receive / offer the desired service to their foreign clients at the airport. With the prospect of revival of inbound tourism, guidelines for airport entry passes will enable our members to apply for passes accordingly and offer the desired service to the inbound tourists at the airport

A copy of the letter was sent to A. Director General (Tourism), B. Additional Director General (Tourism) C. Joint Director General (Travel Trade), and D. Asst. Director General (Travel Trade), Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.

2.       Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings

_Segment 2 update sequence by date: 31December,2 January__ _

Thursday, 31st   December

Ø Video of Digital Marketing Webinar organized by IATO

IATO in association with TravTalk had organized a Digital Marketing Webinar on 16th October 2020. This was followed by 40 hours training program which was competed in 9 weeks and 100 members participated. It aimed to enhance knowledge on digital marketing titled "ESTABLISH VIRTUAL TOUR SHOP: ENSURE SUCCESS POST COVID 19. For the benefit of our
members it has been uploaded on a link appended which members can watch or download it and share with their employees also.

https://www.facebook.com/337695879643088/posts/3631475570265086/ [1]

Saturday, 2nd January 2021

Ø  Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series: Episode 70: Winter in Kolkata- 10 hidden places for the soul traveler organized on 2nd January 2021(1100-1200 hrs.)

[1] https://www.facebook.com/337695879643088/posts/3631475570265086/