The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has signed an MoU with South African Tourism to conduct joint educational workshops on the destination for the entire travel trade fraternity. Jay Bhatia, Chairman, Tourism Council, TAAI, said, “The ‘Learn South Africa’ module will be conducted in 15 cities across India where we have our chapters from July 13 to August 4, 2015. This will not be limited to just TAAI members but extended to the entire fraternity. They can sign up for this through the South African Tourism board.” Certificates shall be given to each participant attending the training and interacting with the trade from the tourism and suppliers from South Africa. Participants will also qualify for a fam trip to South Africa which shall be organised by the tourism board.
The Consul General of Vietnam in Mumbai, Vu Son Thuy, says Vietnam will be conducting a training workshop jointly with the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) on June 5, 2015 in Mumbai. “We were actually planning a workshop followed by a roadshow but the roadshow has been postponed to September 2015. There will be four big suppliers from Vietnam present at this workshop along with one representative from the Tourism Authority of Vietnam. We have signed a long-term agreement with TAAI – five years to be exact – and we will continue to do many more activities with them,” says Thuy.
Over 500 Indian delegates have been welcomed in Bali on the occasion of TAAI’s 62nd Convention and Exhibition. TAAI members and dignitaries including the Vice-Governor of Bali and the Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board have been present during the inaugural lighting of the lamp ceremony. Amarjeet Singh Takhi, Consul General, Consulate of India in Bali has also extended a warm welcome to all those present. Discussing the choice of destination, Sunil Kumar R, Vice-President, TAAI says, “This platform provides us with a domain to carry forward the objectives of promoting tourism to India, identifying India’s outbound industry as a key player and the business’s sessions highlight and discuss the theme of the convention, reflections redefining relevance.” The key note address has been delivered by Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice-Chairman, Mercury Travels and he has been recognised by TAAI as ‘The Knight of Knowledge’.
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The TAAI Convention scheduled to be held in Bali from March 26-28, 2015 will have many firsts. For the first time, at least seven eminent international speakers from seven nations will be addressing the TAAI sessions. Also, in a first, TAAI will be introducing an exclusive media panel for interaction with delegates to take advantage of the extensive research done by the media to help the delegates plan for their future business. The TAAI business sessions will focus on these areas- “Reflection – redefining relevance”
and “The strength of being unique – What is your niche?”