Theme:  Indian Tourism & The National Agenda

President:  Maharaj IS Wahi, Travel Promotion Bureau Pvt. Ltd.

Convention Chairman:  Deepak Sengupta,    Heritage India Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd.

Co-Chairman: Lally Mathews, Vacation Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

Chief Guest:  Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal

A brief detail:

  • Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, inaugurated the convention.
  • Keynote Address: YC Deveshwar, Chairman ITC Ltd.
  • Dinesh Chandra Dakua, Minister-in-Charge, Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal inaugurated the Indian Tourism Fair.
  • Valedictory Address: MP Bezbaruah, Ex-Secretary Tourism, Govt. of India
  • Hall of Fame award: Ram Kohli, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd.  

Business Sessions:

  • Relevance of Tourism in the National Agenda
  • Redefining Priorities-Synergizing Efforts
  • Connectivity-the Key to Success.
  • Showcasing the East.
  • Look east for Eco Adventure, Inbound and Domestic Tourism.
  • Crisis Management- How to Make it work.
  • Despite the financial crunch the convention saw good participation. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, CN of West Bengal was the Chief guest.
  • One of the recommendations made was to formulate an action plan for the Eastern Region with special emphasis on the North-East, based on public-private co-operative.
  • It is also recommended that both, the government and the industry, should get together to create an effective mechanism for crisis management.
  • It recommended the upgradation of Bagdogra Airport to boost tourism in North East.