19th October 2020

To All Members,

Subject: Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 5th October to Sunday, 11th October 2020)

Dear All,

Please find appended the Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 5th October to Sunday, 11th October 2020)

Rahul Chakravarty


Dear Members


Please find appended relevant activities of our association for the period (Monday, 5th October to Sunday, 11th October 2020)

  _Segments covered are_

        * Communication / Letters that addressed key issues
        * Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings/
        * Media Coverage

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        * Communication / Letters that addressed key issues

  _Segment 1 update sequence by date:6,7 October_

Tuesday, 6th October

        * IATO Inputs/suggestions for Draft National Strategy on Rural Tourism

On date IATO wrote to Mr. Om Prakash, Under Secretary (NT), Ministry of Tourism with reference to his email of 29th September 2020 seeking feedback/suggestions on Draft National Strategy on Rural Tourism, IATO put forward that

        * Under Farm Stay units, on application all such units should be given recognition in two categories Silver and Gold depending upon the facilities available for which criteria could be made.
        * There should be a minimum requirement of rooms and other facilities in such Farm Stays units.
        * All these Farm Stay Units projects should have sufficient agricultural land available to show the clients - the way how the
agricultural products are grown according to the season.
        * There are many agricultural universities/institutes functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India or state governments nearby to these farm stay units. A standard policy should be made by the Government to allow tourists both international and domestic to visit such universities/institutes as these are of much interest for the tourists. If required necessary permission be granted or fee could be charged from such visitors.

Wednesday, 7th October

        * IATO's Suggestions/Inputs on Cruise Tourism

With reference to his email of 4th October 2020 seeking suggestions/Inputs on cruise tourism, on date IATO wrote Mr. Jitendra
Jadhav, Asst. Director, Niche Tourism Division, Ministry of Tourism and offered segment-wise detailed suggestions on

     I.        Sea Cruise tourism

   II.          Promotion of cruise tourism in Andaman & Nicobar

        * River Cruise tourism

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

  _Segment 2 update sequence by date:5,7,8,10 October_

Monday, 5th October

        * SATTE GENX: 5th & 6th Oct 2020 from 11am – 7pm IST

Members were informed on the 28th of September. IATO President was one of the Panellist on 6th Oct 2020.

        * Appointment of Returning Officer for the IATO Elections

All members were informed that the EC has appointed Mr. Homa Mistry, C.E.O, Trail Blazer Tours (I) Pvt. Ltd. as the Returning Officer for the IATO elections, in place of Late Mr. Akshay Kumar. All further communication with regard to elections with the members and the contestants will be made by Mr. Homa Mistry through the IATO Secretariat.

        * IATO - Save Tourism - All India Campaign

All members were informed on date about IATO’s initiative taken for Save Tourism – All India Campaign under the umbrella of FAITH.

Activities planned

  1.FAITH Joint Press Conference on Thursday, the 8th October 2020

  2.Social Media Campaign

  3.Post Card Writing Campaign

Wednesday, 7th October


IATO in association with TRAVTALK organised a Motivational Session for its members as part of its skill development program. The webinar was held on Wednesday, the 7th October 2020 at 1130 am.

Mr. Shiv Khera the renowned motivational speaker was the Guest Speaker for this webinar and spoke on the topic – _Turn Setbacks into Comebacks _and covered the following: -

        * Cope with the current crisis
        * Prepare for success and win
        * Motivate yourself and others

There was overwhelming response and about 3700 tourism professionals joined the session which included IATO members and members of other associations, students of tourism institutes on all India basis etc.

Thursday, 8th October

        * FAITH National Press Conference on 8th October 2020 at 11 am - 12 pm and IATO Save Tourism - All India Campaign

Live Press Conference was available on YouTube and Members were informed on the 6th of October.

Saturday, 10th October

        * Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series: Episode 59- Jewel of Vidarbha was organised on 10th October 2020 (1100-1200 hrs.)

Members were informed on the 8th of October

3.Media Coverage

  _Segment 3 update sequence by date:5,8 October_

Monday, 5th October

The link of story in Hindu with IATO’ quote on the subject of tourism flow to J&K and Ladakh.

        * Jammu and Kashmir-Ladakh tourism sector hit


        * IATO Gujarat along with ADTOI Gujarat had organized FAM tour of Dholavira from 02 / 04 October 2020 for 02 nights / 03 days. This FAM was sponsored by Gujarat Tourism to create awareness for restarting tourism in Gujarat.

https://twitter.com/iato_india/status/1313104641903611904 [2]


Thursday, 8th October

        * FAITH National Press Conference on 8th October 2020 at 11 am - 12 pm and IATO Save Tourism - All India Campaign

IATO President addressed the media and stressed on then facets Operational Cash Subsidy, SEIS, Foreign Exchange Status for the tourism industry and prevent the cascading effect of GST. It is pertinent to make India a competitive destination, he added.

  _For Travel and Hospitality Industry, It Is to Survive Before Revive and Thrive_