36th IATO Annual Convention was a grand success
The 36th IATO Annual Convention held in Gandhinagar from 16-19 December 2021 was a grand success and more than what we had expected, said Mr. Rajiv Mehra, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO). This convention was by far one of the best conventions of IATO as per feedback received not only from the members but few industry stalwarts who were present in the convention. This all could happen with whole-hearted support from the Mr. Hareet Shukla, Secretary Tourism, Mr. Jenu Devan, Managing Director & Commissioner Tourism, Govt. of Gujarat and his team.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel inaugurated the convention along with Mr. G. Kamala Vardhan Rao, Director General Tourism, Govt. of India and Mr. Hareet Shukla, Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Gujarat.
Mr. Ashish Vidyarthi, famous Bollywood actor and motivational speaker was the Speaker in the motivational session, who inspired the members that we need to stand strong during this crisis and look for future opportunities.
On all three days, we had good evening entertainment programmes with singers like Abhijeet Sawant, Jimmy Felix and Urvashi Arora and members truly enjoyed it along with the Karaoke singing competition.
The Leela Gandhinagar, the Venue of the convention, was as imposing as its quality of excellent hospitality. All arrangements including transport were perfect to order.
This year’s IATO Run was a great fun and all participants enjoyed the morning cold breeze in an almost zero pollution environment with AQl level below 50. Flag off was done by Ms. Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel, silver medallist in table tennis in 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics. She was also felicitated by IATO during the inaugural function.
Following the convention, 5 post convention tours were organised and over 200 delegates explored Gujarat by visiting places of their interest like Statue of Unity, Somnath, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Modhera, Bhuj, Patan, Little Rann of Kutch.
The basic purpose of having this convention was to bring our members come out of their house, relax their mind, interact with each other and rebuilding confidence. Having Karaoke Singing competition was to give an opportunity to the talented members to enhance confidence and to perform on the stage, said Mr. Rajiv Mehra.