32nd IATO Annual Convention Inaugurated with Pomp and Show at Chennai at The Grand Chola Chennai by Hon’ble Minister Tourism, Govt. of Tamil Nadu Thiru. Vellamandi N. Natarajan and Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare and Archaeology, Govt. of Tamil Nadu Thiru. Pandiarajan K in the presence of hon’ble Minister of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Ashok Chandra Panda. Secretary Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India Shri Vinod Zutshi, Principal Secretary Tourism, Culture & Religious Endowments Dept. Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of Tamil Nadu Mr. T.K Ramachandran, Commissioner of Tourism & Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, Govt. of Tamil NaduMr. Har Sahay Meena and host of other senior center and state government of officials from various ministries, media members, invited guests and delegate from all over India.
In his welcome address, Mr. Rajeev Kohli, Sr. Vice President & Chairman IATO 32nd Convention profusely thanked the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for making this event possible in Chennai with her blessings. He also briefly introduced the IATO programme for the convention with the request for everybody’s active participation in various events for the Convention. He specially mentioned about value additions like IATO Run for Responsible Tourism, Motivational speaker and very thought provoking business sessions specially arranged for the delegates.
Kohli also talked about the acute shortage of language speaking guides and no vehicle permit is available for Tourists Vehicles for luxury cars and coaches. He also stated that the luxury tax on hotels being charged on the published tariff and also the tax is very high compared to other states.
This should be kept not more than 10%. This would make Tamil Nadu package cost competitive and our members would be able to market Tamil Nadu package in international/domestic tourist markets and in turn increase in inflow of tourist to Tamil Nadu.