More than 1200 delegates are expected to attend the 33rd annual convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), to be held from September 7-10, 2017, in Bhubaneswar, according to Lally Mathews, Honorary Secretary, IATO and Co-chairman of IATO Convention.
The convention will have full support of the Government of Odisha. Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha, said, “We will offer all support to IATO to make their convention a success. There has been a lot of development on the tourism front in Odisha from the last time when IATO held its convention in Bhubaneswar in 2008 and we hope to showcase the state’s various tourism circuits to the delegates through the post fam tours.”
Mathews said that the theme for the convention this year is ‘India Tourism- Time to reinvent ourselves,’ and Mayfair Bhubaneswar will be the host for the convention. “Odisha offers everything, be it beaches, pilgrimage, hill station, wildlife, shopping, Ayurveda and medical tourism etc. and these are our main considerations to have our convention in Odisha and see these products. Concurrently with our convention, there will be an India Travel Mart which is an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase exciting and diverse range of destinations and conference venues,” said Mathews.