19th July 2020
To All Members,
SUBJECT: Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 6th July to Sunday, 12th July 2020)
Dear Members

Please find appended relevant activities of our association for the period (Monday, 6th July to Sunday, 12th July 2020) 
Segments covered are

1.Communication / Letters that addressed key issues
2.Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings
3.Media Coverage
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1.  Communication / Letters that addressed key issues Segment 1 update sequence by date: 6,9, July

Monday, 6th July  

IATO meeting with Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog -  for the request to help the tourism industry for survival  
Updating on the above, IATO requested Mr. Amitabh Kant that the recommendation made to Niti Aayog are forwarded by his good office to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce. Copy of the letter was marked to JS Tourism.
Members were informed on Monday, 6th July. 
Thursday, 9th July   
IATO`s inputs for Revival and Rebound of Tourism post-COVID -19. A Virtual meeting was called by Joint Secretary Tourism on 9th July inviting IATO and other associations to discuss revival and rebound of tourism post-Covid-19. Following our meeting with the Joint Secretary (Tourism), IATO gave its inputs which included Confidence-building measures, MDA Scheme, Overseas Marketing, strengthening of India tourism offices, and appointment of Marketing Representatives. 
2.Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings Segment 2 update sequence by date: 7,9 July
Tuesday, 7th July  

IATO Interactive meeting with members was held on Tuesday, the 7th of July
2020 at 4 pm
Members were informed on Monday, the 6th of July. JS MOT was supposed to address the members but due to an extended meeting with the Hon’ble Minister, he could not join us and shall make it next time.
Thursday, 9th July  
IATO Online Survey on COVID-19 Pandemic Effect on Employment in Travel & Tourism Industry Members were requested to participate in the survey that will aid IATO in soliciting financial and other support from the government. However,
it is very disheartening that out of 1700 members so far only 255 members have participated in the Survey. In order to get the required figures about the loss of jobs and other effects on Employment, we expect bigger participation of our members in this online survey, which is very confidential as no company name or email is being asked. 
3.  Media Coverage
Segment 3 update sequence by date: 6,11 July
Monday, 6th July  
Outlook Magazine in their latest edition did a cover story on how the tourism sector has been badly hit by the pandemic. IATO has been quoted in it. 
Saturday,11th July
Along with the reduction in entry fee at ASI monuments, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has also demanded a visa waiver scheme for two years


All the above UPDATES are available on IATO WEBSITE
Thanks and regards,
Rahul Chakravarty