38th IATO Annual Convention, 29th to 2nd October 2023, CHHATTRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR(AURANGABAD),MAHARASHTRA
Our annual convention is one of the most important events on the Indian Travel calendar.
It attracts delegates not only directly involved in handling travellers, but also brings in a strong participation from states as well as numerous senior dignitaries from the political and administrative arms of central and state governments.
The convention is the main gathering of stakeholders in the tourism industry and the ground for forming strategies and policies for the coming year. The event also attracts widespread trade and mainstream media coverage.
To grow, you need to invest. Invest in your business in your employees, in your marketing. As important are those direct investments, you also need to invest in your industry. Today is an era of co-operation and not competition. We need to use this convention as a venue to share ideas, to exchange strategies and to devise a road map on taking the industry forward After all, you only reap what you sow.
So come and join in the celebration of who we are as an industry, in recognition of the service we do to the nation and in the growth of industry we work in Join us in Maharashtra.
38th IATO Annual Convention, 29th to 2nd October 2023, CHHATTRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR(AURANGABAD), MAHARASHTRA
IATO's Annual Convention is regarded as one of the most important events on the Indian tourism and attracts strong participation of decision makers from the private sector, central & state governments and brings in dignitaries from across the country and overseas. There can be no better opportunity to communicate your message directly to such a targeted audience. At one platform, you will have the whoIATO's who of the Indian travel industry. A number of sponsorship opportunities are available where you can showcase and promote your product or services.
- Participation in Marketing Innovation Competition Details for each category (Details in form D) You may download the form from the below link.
- Taking booth in Indian Tourism Fair (Details in form C). You may download the form from the below link.
- Sponsoring Door Prizes that will be announced every day during the business sessions
IATO RUN FOR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
Like previous years, members will enjoy a fun morning with the colleagues and participate in a 'Run for Responsible Tourism' at Aurangabad. For those who do not want to run, enjoy a pleasant shorter walk with your friends in the morning. Refreshments will be served following the race. You can sign up when you register for the conference or if you forgot, send us an email.
Not only will you gain knowledge from attending the session, but you also have the opportunity to win one of the many great door prizes.
38th IATO ANNUAL CONVENTION
29th - 2nd October, 2023 at
INBOUND TOURISM- What Lies Ahead !
DAY 1 – Friday, 29th September 2023
1000 - 1700 hrs Registration at Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International.
1000 - 1700 hrs Registration for IATO Run for Responsible Tourism at Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International.
1315 - 1415 hrs Lunch at Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International. Delegates staying at other hotels will be taken to Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International. Lunch will be served till 1400 hours.
1615 - 1645 hrs Delegates start arriving at Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International for the Inaugural Function. High Tea and proceed to the convention hall for inaugural function.
1700 - 1900 hrs Inaugural Function
1915 hrs Inauguration of IATO Exhibition/Travel Mart
2000 - 2230 hrs Culture Programme/Evening entertainment. Cocktails hosted by IATO. Dinner hosted by _________________
DAY 2 - Saturday, the 30th September, 2023
1000 - 1010 hrs Delegates to assemble in the convention hall and take seats
1015 - 1020 hrs Starts of Business Sessions - Opening Remarks by Mr. Rajnish Kaistha, Sr. Vice President, IATO
1020 - 1120 hrs Business Session 1
1120 - 1135 hrs State Presentaion 1 – Special Session on Maharashtra Tourism
1135 - 1200 hrs Tea/Coffee Break/Networking/B2B
1200 - 1220 hrs State Presentation 2 & 3
1220 - 1315 hrs Business Session 2
1315 hours Announcement of Door Prizes
1315 - 1415 hrs Lunch/Networking/B2B
1415 - 1435 hrs State presentations 4 & 5
1435 - 1535 hrs Business Session 3
1545 - 1605 hrs State Presentation 6 & 7
1605 - 1630 hrs Tea/Coffee Break/Networking/B2B
1630 - 1730 hrs Business Session 4
1730 hrs Announcement of Door Prizes
1745 hrs Depart for respective Hotels
1930 hours Depart departs from respective hotels for at WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International.
2000 - 2230 hrs Evening Entertainment. Cocktails & Dinner hosted by IATO at WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International.
DAY 3 – Sunday, the 1st October 2023
0630 – 0800 hrs IATO Run for Responsible Tourism
0950 hrs Delegates to assemble in the convention hall of WelcomHotel by ITC Hotel, Rama International.
1000 – 1050 hrs Business Session 5
1050 - 1110 hrs State Presentation 8 & 9
1110 - 1200 hrs Business Session 6
1200 - 1220 hrs Tea/Coffee Break/ Networking
1220 - 1230 hrs State Presentation 10
1230 - 1315 hrs Business Session 7
1315 hours Announcement of Door Prizes
1315 - 1415 hrs Lunch/Networking/B2B
1415 – 1435 hrs State Presentation - 11 & 12
1435 – 1530 hrs Valedictory Session
1530 – 1600 hrs Tea Break/Networking/B2B
1600 – 1700 hrs Motivational Session
1700 – 1745 hrs Award Presentation Ceremony
1745 hrs Announcement of Door Prizes
1800 hrs Depart for respective hotels
1930 hours Depart from respective hotels WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Rama International.
2000 - 2230 hrs Evening Entertainment. Cocktails Hosted by IATO. Dinner hosted by ITC Hotels and IATO.
Day 4 - Monday, the 2nd October 2023
Delegates check out. Post-Convention Tours
Programme is subject to change due to any force majeure reason.
Door prizes will be announced as mentioned above. However, door prizes will be given to delegates who are physically present in the hall at the time of announcement.
Click here to register REGISTRATION OPEN
|38th IATO Annual Convention
29th September – 2nd October 2023,Chhattrapati Sambhajinagar(Aurangabad),Maharashtra
|Last date for registration is 15th September 2023 (Without late fee).|
|Member: Rs. 5310 /- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, spouse complimentary|
|Non-Member: Rs. 7670/- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, Spouse Complimentary|
|Spot Registration at The Venue, Welcomehotel by ITC Hotels, Chhattrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad)|
|Members Rs. 6490/- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, Spouse Complimentary|
|Non Members - Rs. 8850/- per delegate - Inclusive of GST @ 18%, Spouse Complimentary|
|38th IATO Annual Convention CHHATTRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR : Hotels|
|S. No.||Name of Hotel||Rates (Rs.) CPAI|
|1.||Welcomehotel by ITC Hotels - Rama International||5600||6160|
|2.||Vivanta by Taj||5600||6160|
|4.||The Fern Residency||5320||5320|
|7.||Hotel Grand Kailash||3360||4025|
|8.||Click Hotels by Suba||2500||2500|
|38th IATO Convention Chattrapati Sambhajinagar : Spouse Tours|
|S.No.||Tour Name||Tour Details|
|1.||Shopping Tour||30th September 2023|
|2.||Aurangabad City Tour||1st October 2023|
|38th IATO Convention Chattrapati Sambhajinagar : Post Convention Tours|
|S.No.||Rate||Tour Details (On twin Sharing Basis)|
|1.||Rs. 590 Per Pax||2nd October, 2023
Ellora Caves and Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
|2.||Rs. 590 Per Pax||2nd October, 2023
Trip of Lonar Crater
|3.||Rs. 590 Per Pax||3rd October, 2023 : Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves|
|4.||Rs. 1180 Per Pax||2nd - 3rd October, 2023 : Trip to Shirdi enroute Ellora Caves|
|5.||Rs. 1770 Per Pax||2nd - 4th October, 2023 : Two nights/three days – Aurangabad/Shirdi/Nashik Mumbai -Wine Tour|
Registration Form without payment will not be accepted.
All columns must be filled in as these are required for confirming bookings to the hotel.
Last date for registration is 15th September, 2023 (without late fee).
Last date for registration of Post Tour is 9th September 2023
Registration forms duly filled in along with the fee need to be forwarded to: Indian Association of Tour Operators, 310, Padma Tower- II, 22, Rajendra Place, New Delhi-110008.
All payments by cheque/demand draft should be drawn in favour of “Indian Association of Tour Operators” on any Delhi bank.
For additional delegates, please use photocopy of the blank form.
Late fee supplement of Rs. 1000/- would be charged for Registration Forms received after 16th September 2023.
Any change or substitution in the name of the delegate will attract a charge of Rs. 500/- per substitution as secretarial charges.
If cancellation is received on or before 16th September 2023, the amount will be refunded, after deduction of Rs. 1000/- towards secretarial charges. No refund will be made if cancellation is received on or after 17th September, 2023. The registration fee includes participation at all sessions, social functions receptions, lunches, dinners, city sightseeing, spouses programmes etc.
While IATO has negotiated special discounted rates with the hotels and will help you in getting room reservation on first-come-first serve basis, the delegates shall have to pay all hotel charges including room tariff directly to the hotels.
Hotels will charge one night retention in case of cancellation received on or after 22nd September, 2023.
In case of cancellation received after 25th September 2023 in case of no show, hotel will charge 100% retention for the whole nights booked.
For such cancellations/No shows, Hotel will send the invoice/bills to IATO which will be sent to the concerned delegate for settlement directly with the hotel under intimation to IATO.
It will be compulsory for all delegate to follow Sops/Guidelines issued by the MoHFW and the state Government.
38th IATO Annual Convention, 29th to 2nd October 2023 CHHATTRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR(Aurangabad), MAHARASHTRA
Spouse Tours and Post Convention Tours
Various post-convention tours and spouse tours have been arranged for the delegates and for their spouses as details given below. Delegates interested to join the tour may indicate tour no. on the registration form. (Program and number of tours shall remain subject to change).
Spouse Tour Details
Spouse Tour 1 -
On 30th September 2023 - Shopping Tour:- After lunch Depart at 1400 hours from ITC Rama International and return at 1730 hours.
Spouse Tour 2
On 1st October 2023 - Aurangabad City Tour:-Depart at 1000 hours from ITC Rama International. Visit The Taj of Deccan- The BiBi Ka Maqbara. The Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is a beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb (1658-1707 A.D.). This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother during 1651 to 1661 A.D. An inscription found on the main entrance door mentions that this mausoleum was designed and erected by Ata-ullah, an architect and Hanspat Rai, an engineer. The mausoleum draws its inspiration from the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra (constructed between 1631 and 1648 A.D.) and hence it is rightfully known as the “Taj of Deccan”. Panchakki, Located close to Bibi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad, Panchakki is a water mill complex consisting of a court, a madrasa, the house of a minister, a mosque, houses dedicated to females and a sarai. The mill derives it names from the grinding mill used to grind grains for the pilgrims. Surrounded in hues of blue and shades of green, Panchakki is a perfect picnic spot and a much-frequented attraction in Aurangabad. Continue your tour for your Favourite Shopping at Aurangabad for Himroo Fabric and Paithani Sarees Himroo is a fabric made of silk and cotton, which is grown locally in Aurangabad. Himroo was brought to Aurangabad in the reign of Mohammad Tughlaq, when he had relocated his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, Aurangabad. The word Himroo is originated from a Persian word ” Hum – Ruh” which means “similar”. Himroo is a replication of Kinkhwab, which was woven with pure golden and silver threads in olden days, and was meant for the royal families. Himroo uses Persian designs , and is very characteristic and distinctive in ppearance . Himroo from Aurangabad is in demand for its unique style and design. Some historians believe that Himroo was the innovation of local craftsmen with very little Persian influence.The paithani saree is known for its amazing oblique design with a kaleidoscopic effect that makes the saree unique. The beautiful motifs of birds like peacocks and swans with other motifs from nature like the Kamal, Asavali, Amar vell and so on. The colours of paithani sarees include blue, black, white, green-red, purple and so on. The beautiful paithani saris is a favourite of Maharashtrian brides and are styled in various ways for different kinds of looks. Back to Rama International at 1330 hours.
Post-Convention Tours Details (On Twin Sharing Basis)
Post Tour 1
On 2ND October 2023 – Same day trip of Ellora Caves and Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:-
Depart at 0730 hours for visit of Grishneshwar Temple, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, sometimes referred to as the Ghrneshwar or Ghushmeshwar Temple, is one of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva that is referenced in the Shiva Purana. The word Ghrneshwara means "Lord of compassion".The temple is an important pilgrimage site in the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light). Forenoon excursion to ELLORA CAVES (29 kms). which encompass 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art datting from 4th to 9th Century A. D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash temple meant to be replica of lord Shiva's celestial abode, Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. (Ellora caves are closed on every Tuesday). Later transfer to Chhattrapati Sambajinagar (Aurangabad) and Shirdi airport to connect flight for onward journey. Members can take any flight departing any time after 3.30 pm from Aurgangabad or Shirdi.Note:No lunch will be provided due to flight timings/tight schedule.
Post Tour 2
on 2nd October 2023:- Same day Trip of Lonar Crater:
Depart at 0730 hours:- 170 Kms one way from Chattrapati Sambajinagar [Aurangabad] Lonar Lake, also known as Lonar crater, is a notified National Geo-heritage Monument, saline, soda lake, located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, India. Lonar Lake is an astrobleme created by a meteorite impact during the Pleistocene Epoch. It is one of only four known hyper- velocity impact craters in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth. The other three basaltic impact structures are in southern Brazil. Lonar Lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 kilometres (3,900 ft) and is about 137 metres (449 ft) below the crater rim. The meteor crater rim is about 1.8 kilometres (5,900 ft) in diameter. Lonar Crater sits inside the Deccan Plateau – a massive plain of volcanic basalt rock created by eruptions some 65 million years ago. Its location in this basalt field suggested to some geologists that it was a volcanic crater. Today, however, Lonar Crater is understood to be the result of a meteorite impact. The water in the lake is both saline and alkaline. Geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalists and astronomers have published studies on various aspects of the ecosystem of this crater lake. The crater's age is estimated to be 52,00 ± 6,000 years. On return transfer to Chhattrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad) airport to connect flight for onward journey. Tour ends at Aurangabad.Note:Members taking this tour will have to stay in Aurangabad and make their own arrangements for their stay for 2nd October and can take any flight on 3rd October 2023 from Aurangabad or Shirdi.
Post Tour 3
on Tuesday, the 3rd October 2023:- Full day excursion to AJANTA CAVES:
Depart at 0730 hours, Morning full day excursion to AJANTA CAVES (106 kms). dating back to the 2nd century B. C. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and frescoes portraying in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries. Tour ends at Aurangabad at about 5 pm on 3rd October. Note:Members taking this tour will have to stay in Aurangabad and make their own arrangements for their stay for 2nd October and 3rd October and can take any flight on 4th October 2023 from Aurangabad or Shirdi as Ajanta Caves are closed on Monday, the 2nd October
Post Tour 4
On 2nd and 3rd October 2023:- One night/two days trip to Shirdi enroute Ellora Caves:
Day 1 – on 2nd October 2023:- Depart at 0800 hours by surface for Shirdi enroute visiting Ellora. ELLORA CAVES (29 kms) which encompass 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art dating from 4th to 9th Century A. D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple meant to be replica of lord Shiva's celestial abode, Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. (Ellora caves are closed on every Tuesday). Afternoon visit Shirdi Saibaba Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - on 3rd October 2023:- Morning visit Shani Shingnapur Temple. This is a very famous temple of Shani Bhagvan 65 kms from Shirdi towards. Ahmednagar. This is a must visit place when you are visiting Shirdi . You would need to spend around 4 hours for this trip. Shani Bhagvan idol is in the open and you can either go to the queue to reach near the idol to pour oil or walk along to see and come around the statue . Later drop at Shirdi or / Chhattrapati Sambhanagar (Aurangabad) airport to connect flight for onward journey. Members can take flight departing any time after 2 pm from Aurangabad or Shirdi.
Post Tour 5
on 2nd to 4th October 2023:- Two nights/three days – Aurangabad/Shirdi/Nashik Mumbai -Wine Tour:
Day 1 – on 2nd October 2023:- Depart at 0800 hours for Shirdi. After lunch in Shirdi, leave for Nashik (100 kms ). On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit Trimbakeshwar Temple. Trimbakeshwar town is an ancient Hindu Pilgrim centre located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. Trimbakeshwar is abode of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is the Linga in the temple is in the form of a three faced embodying Tridev, Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The present Trimbakeshwar temple was constructed by third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740-1760) on the site of an old temple. There are entry gates on all the four sides, viz. East, West, South and North. As per spiritual conceptions the direction East denotes the beginning, West denotes maturity, south denotes fulfillment or completion and the North stands for the revelation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2:- On 3rd October 2023:- Morning full day visit SULA VINEYARDS. SULA WINES are produced with grapes harvested from Nasik and Dindori estate vineyards as well as from local contract farmers operating under the expert guidance of the Sula team. Sula’s philosophy reiterates that good wine can only come from good grapes, and grapes can only be good as their terroir – the magical combination of geographical and climatic conditions – permits.Sula vineyards are proud to present their new tasting room – India’s first, located right in their Nasik estate designed by Californian architects Andy Hope (of the stanford design school) and laurel roth, the 2000 sq. ft. tasting room boasts a blue mosaic balcony bar with a spectacular view of the vineyards and the surrounding lakes and hills. the 34 feet bar itself runs continuously from the inner room to the open balcony and is softly lit by wine bottle lamps hanging from the ceiling. More wine bottles glow alluringly from embedded backlit cases in the wood paneled wall, while a large window in the back offers a view directly into the winery’s operational bottling room. A large glass-sided display area showcasing sula t-shirts, corkscrews, stemware and ice-buckets for sale complete the charm of the tasting room. the tasting room is a great place around which to build a 1 or 2 day getaway. Tour the vineyards and winery of Sula’s friendly, knowledgeable wine-makers who are always on hand to answer questions about viticulture and wine-making process from grape to bottle. end your tour in the tasting room where you will be led through the proper steps to see, swirl, swift and sip wine. Afternoon visit GROVER ZAMPA VINEYARDS. A remarkable combination formed as a result of a merger between Grover Vineyards Ltd and Vallee De Vin Pvt Ltd, Grover Zampa Vineyards boasts the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry today and owns brands that are widely recognized in the Indian wine market. We, at Grover Zampa, spend our summers capturing the essence of our grapes with international techniques and practices that we have brought to India to create great wines expressing the best of the terroir. Our twin location, the Nandi Hills in Karnataka and the Nashik Valley in Maharashtra, gives us the opportunity to benefit from the best of India. The natural protection of the Nandi Hills and the terraced slopes of Nashik offer fresh climate and fertile soil, the perfect conditions for vine growing. Maintaining quality all along the wine-making process is for us, a key element. Our grapes are processed in temperature controlled cellars equipped with modern materials and our own bottling lines. Michel Rolland, the world famous wine consultant, helps us in creating fine wines of distinctive style. Come to visit the winery, learn about the secrets of wine elaboration, and experience wine tasting at the heart of our remarkable wine cellar... Overnight at the hotel. Day 03:- on 4th October 2023:- At 0830 hours leave by surface for Mumbai airport ( 166 kms - 4 hrs) to connect flight for onward journey. Members can take flight any time after 4 pm from Mumbai Airport.Note:No lunch will be provided due to flight timings/tight schedule.