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| TTG Events and Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) Forge Partnership for IT&CM 2012 |
IT&CM India is an international MICE business, education and networking event that advances opportunities of “Promoting India to the World and the World to India”. It is the first in the IT&CM series of events that also offers international and leading India exhibitors and buyers in the industry a dedicated avenue to showcase and procure luxury travel. IT&CM India organizer, TTG Events and OTOAI have now entered into a strategic partnership that is slated to further increase participation at the event by attracting OTOAI members, bonafide Indian buyers, to the occasion.
Under the terms of the partnership, TTG Events and OTOAI will share resources and expertise to raise awareness about this international event in India, as well as to enhance the quality and quantity of the domestic buyer registration. OTOAI is bringing in quality buyers from their member base across the country, thus providing the event’s exhibitors a pool of Indian buyers with strong purchasing power. OTOAI members account for 30% of all outbound business from India.
Mr. Vineet Gopal, Joint Secretary of OTOAI, had this to say, “We maintain stringent criteria for active membership. Only organisations of a certain size and scale, with recommendations from overseas suppliers as well as national tourism offices can become members of OTOAI. In addition, active membership will be renewed after every two years subject to the condition that the applicant completes 20 hours of training/attended seminars conducted by the National Tourism Boards.”
Currently OTOAI has a membership base of about 130 reputable outbound tour operators including small and mid-sized tour operators, tour operators with PAN India presence and multinational tour operators. Some of the eligible buyers from OTOAI include Abercrombie & Kent India, TUI India, Kuoni India, Kesari Tours, Pearl Travels and N Chirag Travels, amongst others.