Category Archives: Associations

Maha among the most mature market in India for adventure: Tejbir Singh

Tejbir Singh Anand, VP of ATOAI, says that Maharashtra is one of the most mature markets in India for adventure tourism. “It is a fantastic market. Its not just about money; its also about the attitude and aspirations. In Maha we find people who are more aspirational have a long bucket list. It definitely tops as a source market, with Pune and Mumbai being the icing on the cake.”

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Andaman Association of Tour Operators organises roadshow in Coimbatore

The Andaman Association of Tour Operators (AATO) in partnership with the Travel Agents Association of Coimbatore, took center stage on 01 August 2023, as they organized a highly successful roadshow at the prestigious Hotel Grand Regent in Coimbatore. The event aimed to foster mutual growth and cooperation between the two vibrant travel communities, while promoting the mesmerizing tourism opportunities in the Andaman Islands. With a turnout of 50 travel agents from Coimbatore, the event was graced by the presence of AATO’s President, M. Vinod, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in elevating the Andaman Islands as a prime tourist destination. The roadshow proved to be an invaluable platform for networking and knowledge sharing among the participants. Highlighting the event’s significance, M. Vinod, President of AATO, said, “We are excited to collaborate with the Travel Agents Association of Coimbatore for this incredible roadshow. This platform has allowed us to showcase the diverse and breathtaking tourism opportunities that await travelers in the Andaman Islands. We are confident that this event will lead to fruitful partnerships and an increase in tourist footfall to our beautiful islands.” The event commenced with a panel discussion on “Tourism Opportunities in Andaman” that was moderated by the Joint Secretary of AATO, Saikat Biswas. The discussion delved into the untapped potential of the Andaman Islands as a year-round travel destination, featuring its pristine beaches, rich cultural heritage, and thriving marine life. The insightful session garnered active participation from travel agents and industry experts, enabling the exchange of ideas on promoting sustainable and responsible tourism practices.

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HRAWI hosts seminar in Panaji on simplifying GST for the hospitality industry

The Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) organised an insightful seminar aimed at simplifying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the hospitality industry in Panaji. The seminar was held on the heels of the 50th GST Council meeting which took place on July 11, 2023, in New Delhi. The event saw attendance from 42 hospitality professionals including hotel and restaurant owners from across Goa. CA Jinit R Shah, a seasoned Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of experience, conducted the seminar, providing in-depth knowledge and practical insights on GST related topics to the participants. The seminar focused on a variety of GST-related topics that are relevant to the hospitality industry. These topics included the rates applicable to restaurant services within hotel premises with different room tariffs, free food supplied to staff, food packaging, tips and service charge, covers charges, and sponsorships. For hotels, Mr Shah shared insights on the break-up of room tariffs and the applicable GST rates, including when there is provision for extra beds, or when guests use hotel utilities such as laundry services or consume from the mini-fridges in the rooms, among others. “The GST has been a complex and challenging tax regime for our industry and this seminar has helped us to better understand the rules and how to comply with them. His insights and practical examples tailored specifically for the hospitality sector have been immensely valuable for our members. The seminar has empowered professionals to navigate the GST landscape with confidence and efficiency, addressing doubts and providing valuable resources. The seminar has not only helped us clarify doubts on a variety of GST related topics but, has also equipped us better to …

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Tour Operators Association of Assam launches in-house newsletter

The Tour Operators Association of Assam has launched a quarterly in-house newsletter titled ‘Tea Break: Sip, Savor and Soak in Assam’s Travel Delights. The newsletter was unveiled by the Secretary to the Govt of Assam, Tourism Department,  Kumar Padmapani Bora in Kolkata in the presence of Ranuj Kumar Borkotoky, Director, Tourism and Samprity Goswami, Deputy Secretary, Tourism. The newsletter will contain activities, industry news and other curated contents related to the industry in Assam. TOAA Advisor and Editor of the newsletter, Ranjeet Das mentioned, “Our endevour will be to make this newsletter a highly informative, upbeat series, containing inspirational articles for our readers.” Arijit Purkayastha, one of the editorial board members further informed, ” The newsletter is also embedded in TOAA website for our online readers. We wish to reach out to the worldwide platform to promote Assam’s tourism avenues.”  

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ATOAI announces Adventure Tourism Seminar & Roadshow, scheduled to take place on 13th July in Mumbai

ATOAI Seminar & Adventure Tourism Roadshow scheduled to take place on 13th July in Mumbai. This eagerly awaited event promises to be great chance for adventure enthusiasts, travel professionals, and industry stakeholders from India, to come together, exchange knowledge, and develop connections within the adventure tourism sector. Offering an ideal platform for participants to share best practices, learn from industry experts, and explore different world of adventure travel altogether. With intend of enhancing skills in selling products, attendees will have the chance to attend interactive sessions dedicated for best practices and effective sales techniques. These sessions will provide valuable insights in marketing and selling experiences, enabling participants to reach new heights in their business ventures. Certified First Aid, CPR & Wilderness Responder & Responsible Adventure Travel course is a two-day program of 16 hours. It is certified course aimed at providing participants with the necessary skills to respond to emergency situations in the wilderness. 30 participants were certified. Ajeet Bajaj, President, ATOAI, expressing his excitement, said, “We are excited to bring together adventure travel enthusiasts, industry professionals, and stakeholders at the ATOAI Seminar & Adventure Tourism Roadshow. This event aims to promote best practices, provide valuable insights, and facilitate networking opportunities within the adventure tourism community”. “We look forward to creating a platform that encourages the growth of adventure tourism in India and showcases the incredible adventures our country has to offer,” he furthermore added. Key Highlights Chance to meet authentic sellers of adventure products. With range of exhibitors showcasing their offerings, attendees will gain first-hand knowledge of the thrilling adventure tourism experiences available in India. Adventure Sports Cover 360 is ATOAI Adventure Insurance and Rescue Partner for these regional …

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