12th September, 2020

To All Members

Subject:- Update on IATO Activities (Monday, 31st August to Sunday, 6th September 2020)

Dear Members


Please find appended relevant activities of our association for the period (Monday,31st August to Sunday, 6th September 2020)

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  _Segments covered are_

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

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1.  Communication / Letters that addressed key issues

  _Segment 1 update sequence by date:31, August. 2,4,5 September_

Monday, 31st  August

        * Use of IATO Film for overseas promotions through Indian Embassies/High Commissions and India tourism offices overseas

On date IATO requested Mrs. Meenakshi Sharma, Director General (Tourism) on the subject conveying the message that India is waiting to welcome tourists and tour operators are also ready with the New Normal and hygienic preparedness once Visa/e-Visa and international flight operation is resumed.

The link for downloading the film:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ter-Mbpze-SviODESbOnBYY9WcZGle7B/view

Copy of the letter was marked to Additional Director General (Tourism), Dy. Director General (OM) and Asst. Director General (OM), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

Wednesday, 2nd September

        * Inspection of Bed & Breakfast units on hold till 31st December, 2020.

On date IATO wrote to Mr. Narendra Kumar, Assistant Director, Department of Tourism, Government of NCT of Delhi on the above subject and informed that as most of the offices its member tour operator members are closed or partially opened for essential work with skeleton staff, considering member’s health first, IATO is forced to take such decisions and unable to help in the matter and IATO will not be able to depute its members for inspection of Bed & Breakfast units. The practice of Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India by giving provisional approval for the renewal cases of Bed & Breakfast units and new cases to be kept on hold till 31st December or till the time situation improves, may kindly be followed.

  Copy of the letter was marked to Regional Director, India tourism North and Under Secretary (HRACC), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Friday, 4th September

        * Regarding hosting a virtual meeting/webinar with IATO members for those who wish to promote Namibia.

On date IATO wrote to Mr. Oscar Sikanda, Commercial Counsellor, High Commission of Namibia on the above subject.

Saturday, 5th September

        * Issues and problems of Tourism Industry - Your show regarding -Recovery of Hospitality, Tourism Key to India’s Economic Revival News Unlocked on 4th September 2020

On date IATO wrote to Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor, India Today Group/Aaj Tak on the aforesaid subject and requested that the views of IATO, may be kindly be taken so that any such news on India Today/Aaj Tak, problems and issues of the entire tourism industry can be covered.

A copy of the letter was marked to Ms. Neha Sharma, India Today Group/Aaj Tak

2.Webinars/ Panel Discussions/Circulars/Meetings

  _Segment 2 update sequence by date:31, August.2,3,4,5 September_

Monday, 31st August

IATO Interactive member meeting was held on Monday, the 31st August 2020 at 4.30 pm on Zoom Video Conference Platform.

Members were informed on the 26th of August

Wednesday, 2nd September

        * Dekho Apna Desh Webinar organised by India Tourism Bangalore on 2nd Sept 2020 at 11.30 hrs on subject "Lesser Known Destinations in Karnataka"

Members were informed on the 1st of September

Thursday, 3rd September

        * IATO Maharashtra virtual Training Session was conducted by Indian Hotels Company Limited on Thursday, 3rd September at 11 am. 

Members in Maharashtra were informed on the 1st of September.

        * Schedule of Interactive Meeting with the members for next 4 months

Members were informed on date

Friday, 4th September

        * Dekho Apna Desh webinar " Northeast India-A hotspot for Wildlife Tourism" was organized on 4th September 2020 at 04:00 PM.

Members were informed on the 3rd of September

Saturday, 5th September

        * Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series: Episode 52: Punjab - A historic perspective- 5th September 2020(1100-1200 hrs.)

Members were informed on the 3rd of September

Rahul Chakravarty