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IATO Annual Convention in Kochi from 8-11 September

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egtmedia59Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will organize its 29th Annual Convention from 8 -11September, 2013 at Le Meridien Hotel, Kochi (Kerala).

Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India will attend day 1 of the convention.

Subhash Goyal, President, IATO, said: “Kerala has set an unprecedented growth in tourism. With IATO’s support most of the States where we had our earlier conventions achieved a good pace of development. We usher the state into a future of progress and prosperity.”IATO Mananging Committee

Kerala received 794,000 foreign tourists (+8.28 percent over 2011) and 10.7 mn domestic tourists (+7.41 percent) in 2012.

Total revenue from the tourism sector was US$ 3.56 bn (Rs.211.25 crore) in 2012 compared to US $ 3.21 bn (Rs.19,037 crore) in 2011.

Foreign exchange earnings from tourism increased from US$ 710.82 mn (Rs.4,221.99 crore) in 2011 to US$ 765.7 mn (Rs.4,548 crore) in 2012.

Last year’s convention had given a boost to Mumbai and Maharashtra.

Arun Anand, Convention Chairman, IATO, said “Every year, we try to promote a new state and work for an integrated growth. We are repeating Kerala due to sea change in its tourism scene. There’s an overwhelming response and support from the State Government and the travel industry. Kerala with its infrastructural developments holds lot of prospects and potential for inbound tourism.”

Kerala has recently started sea plane services to connect its popular coastal destinations.

The theme of this year’s convention is ‘Tourism – Innovations & Partnerships’.

Lally Mathews, Co-Chairman Convention and Honorary Secretary of IATO, said: “Our objective is to innovate, build our members trust, consumers’ interest in the destination through new products and to connect with decision makers. Thus our partnership with the State goes beyond our convention”.

E.M. Najeeb, Co-Chairman Convention and Chairman IATO Kerala Chapter, said: “Post convention tours have been drawn up to give a   real experience of Kerala.  These are being given final touch.  Delegates must take advantage of the post convention tours covering Kumarakom, Thekkady, Munnar, Kovalam, and Wayanad and workout enchanting packages for their overseas clients.”

Kerala is the leading inbound leisure tourist destination in India. Its ‘Gods own country’ campaign has been drawing tourists to its beaches, backwaters, hills, wildlife, ayurveda and wellness.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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