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TAAI announces 66th Convention in Sri Lanka, signs tripartite agreement with SLTPB and SLAITO, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

TAAI announces 66th Convention in Sri Lanka, signs tripartite agreement with SLTPB and SLAITOOn the invitation from Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB) and Sri Lankan Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO), the Travel Agents Assocation of India (TAAI) shall be holding its 66th Convention in Sri Lanka from April 19 – April 22, 2022. A tripartite Agreement was signed on February 23, 2022 between the parties in Colombo. “TAAI will be organising its 66th Convention in Sri Lanka in April 2022. Sri Lankan counterparts shall be extending full support in terms of accommodation, logistics and all arrangements to welcome around 400-500 delegates from India’s oldest and nodal travel and tourism association,” stated Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI.

This convention shall not only strengthen bilateral tourism ties between the two countries but, will act as a catalyst in reviving the travel industry for both countries post the pandemic, she added. We shall create opportunities to sell products of Sri Lanka as a tourism destination but also shall be promoting Incredible India to local Sri Lankan stakeholder partners.

Jay Bhatia, Vice President, TAAI stated that TAAI Conventions (Indian Travel Congress) are the most eagerly awaited events of the travel and tourism industry not only in India but in the overseas markets as well. The visibility this annual event of TAAI brings to the global tourism stakeholders is fantastic. Generally, 500 to 1000 TAAI delegates are offered an excellent opportunity to network; attended B2B interactions, promote or buy and more importantly take home some great learnings from the knowledge sessions and updated information from the destination. We are excited and are looking forward to a great opportunity after nearly 2 decades to come back to Sri Lanka for our Congress.

To take things forward and further discuss measures to promote tourism, a joint sub-committee will be soon appointed by both the associations.

TAAI has a large membership who is actively involved in several industry verticals, and thus its focus is to promote these effectively and connect members with opportunities for all stakeholders i.e., airline ticketing, outbound tourism, MICE & specialty events, adventure sports, rail journeys and self-drives, cruises, destination promotion, wellness and weddings etc., said Bettaiah Lokesh, Hon Secretary General, TAAI.

“TAAI does these conventions for facilitation of bilateral tourism, interactions with dignitaries i.e., diplomatic missions, governments, high commissioners, ambassadors and networking events/ knowledge sessions/ round tables,” added Shreeram Patel, Hon Treasurer.

The 66th Convention shall be historic, creating greater opportunities and enhance travel and tourism from and to India, to create opportunities post the crisis of the pandemic. Present on the occasion from SLTPB and SLAITO to sign the MoU were Managing Director of SLTPB, KPP Siriwardana, DP Daluwatte, Director Events, President of SLAITO, Thilak Weerasinghe, IPP, Maheen Kariyawasan, along with their core teams and committee members and the four national office bearers of TAAI.

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