Recently concluded Annual Convention of Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India has reposition ADTOI as the primary nodal agency in promoting Domestic Tour Programmes within India. Considered as a revitalisation to the ailing Domestic Travel Industry, ADTOI had emerged out as a phoenix and is now looked upon as a saviour by the trade partners.
It was not simply a Annual General Body meeting, rather it really looked into various needy topics, says Rakesh Lamba, Managing Director of Prakriti Holidays who was also the moderator of the “Ethical Tourism Policy Business Session” organised within the convention. ‘We are managing our businesses at a time, when technological advancements are also generating their market places and we need to define a system of fair-play to address the issue’.
‘With varying topics as Future of Travel to Promoting Domestic Travel through Desh Dekho, Desh Khojo, ADTOI has proved it is indeed the primary body of the Domestic Travel fraternity’, speaks Mr. Sisupalan of Jai Maruti Holidays who has travelled all the way from the souther state of Kerala to the Temple City of Khajuraho, leaving all his busy schedules back home. ‘It is the need of hour when world across travel and tourism is gaining much importance with WTTC indicating better growth in short-hauls and domestic travels, I am happy to be here’ – he adds.
Supported by Madhya Pradesh Tourism, the Annual Convention of ADTOI was conducted from 8th to 11th April 2016, at Hotel Ramada, Khajuraho. Speaking at the Inuagural session Mr.Vinod Zutsi, Secretary, India Tourism, Governement of India, stated that the Government is all set to support Domestic Tourism sector and will develop better air and road connectivity for major Tourist destinations within India. “With this convention we could even bring the government on board and involve them in the process of developing a better platform for the industry”, claims Mr.Jyoti Kapur, President, ADTOI.
Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, Co-Chairman of the 7th Annual Convention is in a jubilant mood when he says that it is a collective effort, and we organised this convention into success within a short period.
The convention saw an unusual step of identifying new destinations near major tourist destinations through the Business Session “ Unknown India- Unravelling the unexplored Destinations” which discussed the importance of ‘Seeing India first and Foriegn later’. ‘It is for the first time, such a discussion is happening and I am happy to be a part of it’, says noted travel writer and photographer Dr. Kaynat Kazi, who was a panelist on Unknown India.
Agreeing that the agenda presented by the Convention is not going to be closed with the ending of convention, Mr. Anurag Agarwal, General Secretary narrated that the future plans are to submit a detailed plan of action to the Ministry of Tourism and Prime Minister of India. “Our aim is to get Domestic Travel Industry a Make-In-India status”, he stated.