05th January 2021

To All Members,

Subject: Update on IATO Activities (Monday 21st December to Sunday, 27th  December 2020)

Dear All,

Please find appended the update on IATO Activities (Monday 21st December to Sunday, 27th  December 2020)

Rahul Chakravarty




Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 21st December to Sunday, 27th December 2020)

Dear Members

Greetings !

Please find appended relevant activities of our association for the period (Monday, 21st December to Sunday, 27th December 2020)

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:22 December

Tuesday, 22nd December

Ø Request for introducing ECLGS 3.0 for the long term impacted tourism and hospitality sector

IATO requested Mr. Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary (Tourism) to support its cause and take up with the Ministry of MSME to support and help the industry. The letter highlighted that tour operators are not getting bank loans unless they had prior relationship with the bank Pre-Covid.  MSME announced ECGLS 1.0 and 2.0 that covers only 20% on existing loan and it is not sufficient to cover 18 months’ period to survive.

It appended a prayer to the Hon’ble Minister for MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari to introduce ECGLS 3.0 for the tourism and hospitality industry so that they can get an additional 20% fund making it 40% on the existing loans. This should be with or without previous loan with the banks to help the industry to survive in this critical time.

A copy of the letter was marked to Director General (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, New Delhi 

A separate appeal on the same subject was sent to Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India to consider introducing and releasing ECLGS 3.0 with a request if the outstanding amount on which the 20% is calculated could be taken as per the present date rather than on the 28th February, 2020, as it would be meaningful benefit to the entire sector. 

2.       Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings

       Segment 2 update sequence by date:21,23,24,26 December

Monday, 21st December

IATO’s Brainstorming Session of some selected members was held on the subject “Where we want to see the Tourism Industry in 5 years from Post Covid-19 and how you propose to achieve it at 4 pm on Zoom. Members present for the session gave some valuable inputs and suggestions, on which IATO will work based on its merit as deem fit

Wednesday, 23rd December

Ø "COVID-19 SOPs on Safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry & Establishments" by ESIC. Two movie clips with links, one Hindi and the other in English enclosed.

Ø  Survey being conducted by Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi on revival of Tourism Industry

Members requested to respond to the questionnaire by clicking on the below-mentioned link.



Thursday, 24th December

Ø IATO Joins WTTC Safe Travel Stamp

You will be pleased to know that on our request, IATO has been granted the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp along with other international associations recently. IATO will grant Safe Travel Stamp to its member on fulfilling the Global Safe Travel Protocol and the terms and conditions attached with this circular. Members who wish to get Safe Travel Stamp may go through the circular sent to members or contact the IATO Secretariat.

Ø Video Recording of Motivational Webinar "Turn Setback into Comeback' by Mr. Shiv Khera on 7th October 2020

IATO in association with TravTalk had organized a Motivational Webinar “TURN SETBACK INTO COMEBACKS” by world renowned motivational speaker Mr. Shiv Khera on 7th October 2020 as a part of IATO’s Skill Development Program. The webinar was attended by a large number of tourism professionals, which included IATO members, non-members, students of various tourism institutes. The talk has been uploaded on the following links which members can watch or download it and share with their employees also.



Saturday, 26th December  

Ø Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series: Episode 69: Secrets and Delights of Indian Cuisine was organized on 26th December 2020 1100 – 1200 hrs.


Ø IATO made a member of the Home Stay classification committee in Gujarat.