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Thought Leaders to Address IATO Convention 2021

The upcoming Annual Convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), to be scheduled from December 16-19 in The Leela Gnadhinagar, Gujarat is set to offer a new dimension to the India tourism.  The Convention will see a galaxy of leaders sharing their mind with the audience. The theme of the Convention is Brand India : The Road to recovery. 

The inauguration of the 4-day Convention will take place in the evening of December 16, 2021.  The Chief Guest for the Convention is Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister, Gujarat. He will be joined by other Ministers of Gujarat, Union Tourism Secretary, Arvind Singh; Hareet Shukla, Secretary, Tourism, Devasthanam Management, Civil Aviation & Pilgrimage, Govt. of Gujarat   and office bearers of IATO such as Shri Rajiv Mehra, President; E M Najeeb, Senior Vice President, IATO and Convention Chairman and Rajnish Kaistha, Hony. Secretary and Co-Chairman of the Convention. 

The Convention will have as many as 8 business sessions: Brand India - The Road to Recovery for Revival of Business, Hotels in the New Normal, Connectivity: New Frontiers, SEIS: New Policy under FTP  2021- 2026, Responsible Tourism, Automation and Digital Marketing, Preparedness under New Normal and Dekho Apna Desh. The Valedictory session is taking on December 18, 2021. There are state presentations also by Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab and Rajasthan. 

T3 carries here the agenda of the Convention: 

PROGRAMME

36th IATO ANNUAL CONVENTION

16th – 19th DECEMBER 2021, GANDHINAGAR, GUJARAT 

 

THEME

BRAND INDIA - The Road to Recovery

 

DAY 1 - Thursday, 16th December, 

1630 - 1710 hrs    Delegates start arriving at The Leela Gandhinagar, High Tea and proceed to the convention hall for inaugural function

1710 - 1725 hrs    Cultural Programme

1730 - 1735 hrs    Arrival of Chief Guest. Start of Inaugural Ceremony with Traditional Welcome and lighting of lamp

1735 -  1740 hrs   Welcome Address by Shri E.M. Najeeb, Senior Vice President, IATO and Chairman 36th IATO Annual Convention

1740 - 1750 hrs    Presidential Address by Shri Rajiv Mehra, President - IATO

1750 - 1800 hrs    Address by Shri Hareet Shukla, Secretary, Tourism, Devasthanam Management, Civil Aviation 

                          & Pilgrimage, Govt. of Gujarat

1800 - 1810 hrs    Address by Shri Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

1810 - 1830 hrs    Address by the Guest of Honour, Shri Arvindbhai Raiyani, Minister of State for Transport, Civil  

                          Aviation, Tourism, and Pilgrimage Development, Govt. of Gujarat*

1820 - 1830 hrs    Address by the Guest of Honour, Shri Purnesh Modi, Minister of Road & Building, Transport,

                Civil Aviation, Tourism and Pilgrimage Development, Government of Gujarat*

1830 -  1835 hrs   Release of IATO Manual 2021-22

1835 -  1845 hrs   Presentation of IATO Hall of Fame Awards 2021. Acceptance speech by the recipients.

1845 – 1900 hrs   Address by the Chief Guest – Shri Bhupendra Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat

1900 – 1910 hrs   Presentation of Mementos

1910 - 1915 hrs    Vote of Thanks by Mr. Rajnish Kaistha, Hony. Secretary and Co-Chairman, 36th IATO Annual

Convention

1930 – 1945 hrs  Inauguration of India Tourism Fair/Mart – 2021 at The Leela Gandhinagar 

 

2000 -2230 hrs    Culture Programme. Evening Entertainment by Abhijeet Sawant Group. Dinner at The Leela

Gandhinagar, hosted by Gujarat Tourism.

 

DAY 2 -  Friday, 17TH December, 2021

0630 – 0800 hrs   IATO Run for Responsible Tourism

0950  hrs             Delegates to assemble in the convention hall and take seats

1000 – 1005 hrs   Starts of Business Sessions - Opening Remarks by Mr. Ravi Gosain, Vice President, IATO

1005 – 1100 hrs   Business Session 1 – Brand India - The Road to Recovery for Revival of Business

Moderator – Mr. Pronab Sarkar,  Immediate Past President IATO

Speakers

Mr. Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

Dr. V. Venu, Addl. Chief Secretary (Tourism), Government of Kerala

Mr. Hareet Shukla, Secretary Tourism, Devasthanam Management, Civil Aviation Pilgrimage, Govt. of Gujarat 

Mr. Anil Chadha, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Limited – Hotels Division

Mr. Rajeev Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd

1100 - 1120 hrs   Special Session on Gujarat Tourism

Moderator – Mr. Rahul Chakravarty, COO, IATO

Speakers

Mr. Jenu Devan, Managing Director, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd.

Mr. Mike Vaghela, Managing Director, Vaghela Hospitalities

1120 – 1130 hrs   State Presentation 1 – Uttar Pradesh Tourism

1130 – 1200 hrs   Tea/Coffee Break 

1200 – 1210 hrs   State Presentation 2 – Uttarakhand Tourism

1210 – 1305 hrs   Business Session 2 - Hotels in the New Normal

Moderator -  Homa Mistry, CEO, Trail Blazer Tours

Speakers

Mr. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Hotels & Chairman FAITH

Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO, The Indian Hotels Company Limited

Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, C.O.O., The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Mr. Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts 

1305 – 1315 hrs   State Presentation 3- Jammu & Kashmir Tourism / Announcement of Door Prizes

1315 – 1415 hrs   Lunch/B2B

1400 - 1450 hrs    Business Session 3 – Connectivity: New Frontiers

Moderator - Mr. Aashish Gupta, Consulting CEO - FAITH

Speakers 

Mr. Shri Rajiv Jalota, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust

Mr. Suman Prasad Singh, Joint Secretary, Min. of Road Transport & Highways, Govt. of India*

Mr. Rajiv Jain, Addl General Manager (Tourism), Indian Railway Catering & Tourism   Corporation (IRCTC)

Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer, IndiGo

Mr. Raj Singh, Chairman, Antara Luxury River Group

1450  - 1500 hrs  State Presentation 4  - Kerala Tourism

1500 -  1550 hrs   Business Session 4 - SEIS: New Policy under FTP  2021- 2026

Moderator – Mr. Pronab Sarkar, Immediate Past President, IATO  

Speakers 

Mr. Raj Muthuraj, Additional DG. Directorate General of Foreign Trade

Dr. Abhay Sinha, Director General, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC)

Mr. Bipin Sapra, Partner,  Ernst & Young LLP   

1550 – 1600    State Presentation 5 – Karnataka Tourism   

1600 – 1630 hrs   Tea/Coffee Break       

1630 – 1715 hrs  Business Session 5 – Responsible Tourism

Moderator  - Ms. Anjuna Dhir,  Executive Director,  Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI)

Speakers

Mr. Arunkumar M. Solanki, Addl Chief Secretary, Forests & Environment, Government of Gujarat *      

Mr. Michael Dominic, C.E.O. CGH Earth

Mr. Rakesh Mathur, President, The Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI)  

Mr. Anirudh Chaoji, Hony. Treasurer, Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI

1715 – 1725 hrs   State Presentation 6 – Punjab Tourism / Announcement of Door Prizes

2000 - 2230 hrs    Evening Entertainment by Jimmy Felix and Group.  Karaoke Singing competition. Dinner hosted by The Leela Gandhinagar and IATO at The Leela Gandhinagar.

DAY 3 - Saturday, the 18th December 2021

1000 – 1100 hrs   Business Session 6 - Automation and Digital Marketing

Moderator -   Mr. Ravi Gosain, Vice President, IATO  

Speakers

Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India

Mr. Hemant Mediratta, Chief Advisor, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts

Prof. Seema Gupta, Ex Professor of Digital Marketing, IIM Bangalore

Mr. Syed A. Asim, Director, De Box Global                           

1100 – 1110 hrs   State Presentation 7 – Rajasthan Tourism

1110 – 1120 hrs    State Presentation – 8 

1120 – 1150 hrs    Tea/Coffee Break/ B2B

1150 – 1240 hrs     Business Session 7 - Preparedness under New Normal 

Moderator - Mr. SanJeet, Director, DDP Publications Pvt. Ltd.

Speakers

Mrs. Rupinder Brar, Addl. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India

Ms. Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India

Mr. Parveen Chander Kumar, Sr. Vice President – S&M, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd.

Mr. Harish Mathur, Executive Committee Member, IATO

1240 – 1250 hrs    State Presentation – 9/Announcement of Door Prizes

1250 – 1350 hrs    Lunch/B2B

1350 – 1420 hrs   Business Session 8 –  Dekho Apna Desh 

Moderator -  Mr. Rajiv Mehra, President, IATO

Speaker -   Mrs. Rupinder Brar, Addl. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of

1420 – 1430 hrs   State Presentation 10

1430 – 1530 hrs   Valedictory Session

Chief Guest-  Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; and Union Minister of State, Ministry of Tourism*

Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India

Mrs. Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India

Mr. Hareet Shukla, Secretary Tourism, Devasthanam Management, Civil Aviation &Pilgrimage, Govt. of Gujarat

Mr. Jenu Devan, Managing Director & Commissioner Tourism, Govt. of Gujarat

1530 – 1600 hrs   Tea Break/B2B

1600 – 1700 hrs  Motivational Session – Motivational Speaker – Mr. Ashish Vidyarthi

1700 – 1745 hrs   Award Presentation Ceremony/Announcement of Door Prizes

2000 - 2230 hrs     Evening Entertainment by Urvashi Arora Group.  Dinner hosted by IATO

Day 4 - Sunday, the 19th December 2021

Delegates Check out. Post-Convention Tours

*Confirmation awaited

Note:

Door prizes will be announced as mentioned above. However, door prizes will be given to delegates who are physically present in the hall at the time of announcement.

Programme is subject to change due to any force majeure reason.   

 

 

 

 

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