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December 13, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A group of industry experts launched Global Tourism Council, an advisory body, on Friday at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India.Iqbal Mulla, Chief Council, Global Tourism Council(GTC) said at the launch press meet: “GTC has Indian roots with  global infrastructure and works as one platform with experts from different verticals who are available for advise on different segments of tourism for  cohesive growth of the industry. We also want to help the Government bring-in investment into the country for infrastructure growth and develop bilateral relationships with other countries.”

The council aims to foster relationships with major industry bodies and tourism organisations in the world.

Rajiv Duggal, Deputy Chief Council, GTC, said: “our vision is to be one the world’s largest nongovernmental organisation with a minimum of 100 industry bodies in three years time. We will partner with the trade and tourism professional to felicitate enterprise. We will organise knowledge forums, investment forums, industry conclaves, travel evangelist shows and also help in operational audits that can streamline costs for a travel company.”

Global Tourism Council members-Rajiv Duggal, Salwa Abdel Aziz, Iqbal Mulla and Manoj Gursahani

The council has already had a few Memorandums of Understating (MOU) with Dome Entertainment for a Global Fest, Mumbai 2017, a two day event with multiple country participation for a one-on-one film fraternity and global industry discussions and with Barkha Ray Films for Global Film Festival, Maharashtra 2017, for a 3-day film festival and carnival. It has an MOU with International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, Berlin, an MOU with Global Panorama Showcase to be held in 6 cities in 2017 and with for creating an accreditation system for India’s transport industry.

Dr Salwa Abdel Aziz, Chairman Salwa Group of Companies Egypt and Chairman Egypt India Business Council who is an advisor on international trade at GTC, said: “India and Egypt have similar culture and enjoy such long tourism and business relations. It’ll be wonderful to take these forward with the help of GTC.”

Next sitting of the council is expected to be in Egypt, for which dates are not yet finalised.

GTC is not governed by elections and has no individual members. Its membership is strictly against invitation. Members will advise on projects for a fee. Manoj Gursahani and Sheldon Santwan are Governing Council Members of GTC.

Mr Mulla affirmed that the council will be active on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by helping the needy in the industry.

Written by Anand & Madhura Katti

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