Odisha Tourism Minister interacts with the travel trade from North India

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) recently organised its interactive luncheon meeting at Eros Hotel, New Delhi. The special guest for the meeting was Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Tourism and Culture (IC), Government of Odisha. The 33rd Annual Convention of IATO will be held from September 7-10 at the Mayfair Hotel in Bhubaneswar in the eastern State of Odisha. The theme of the convention is ‘Indian Tourism- Time to Reinvent Ourselves’.

Speaking at the interactive luncheon meeting, Panda said that the state Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik is keen on making the 33rd Annual Convention of IATO in Bhubaneswar from September 7-10, 2017 a grand success.

Over 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the three day event and many will take post-convention tours to see the attractions and facilities of the state, which has 480 kms of coastline.

Present during the luncheon meeting were Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO; Rajiv Mehra, Vice President, IATO; Lally Mathews, Honorary Secretary, IATO; and Sandeep Jain, Honorary Joint Secretary, IATO among other members from the apex body.

The Minister had personally come to Delhi to extend the invitation for the upcoming Convention for IATO members in Delhi. Panda asserted that the footfalls to the state will eventually increase after the Convention.