Jyoti Mayal, Director New Airways Travels has been elected as the President of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) for the period 2019-2021. Jyoti, former Secretary-General of TAAI has registered a thumping victory against the outgoing Vice President Sanjay Narula, Founder & CEO of Apex Travel & Tour in the straight contest.

Lokesh Bettaiah, Triway Travels, Bangalore is the new Secretary and Shreeram Patel, Unicorn Travels have been elected as the Treasurer while Jay Bhatia, Tulsidas Khimji Holidays has been elected unopposed as the Vice President of TAAI.

The Managing Committee members got elected for the next two-year term are Anoop B Kanuga (Bathija Travels, Mumbai); Rajan Sehgal (Airborne Travels Delhi); P Murugesan (Pioneer Aero Travels Chennai); Devesh Agarwal (Victoria Travels Kolkata); Paras Lakhia (Utopia Travel Services Ahmedabad); Sunil Notani (Air Amani Travels Bhopal) and R Venkatachalam (Naveen Air Travels Trichy).

While commenting on her election as the President of TAAI, Jyoti said, “Today history is created. A landslide victory for me and my team. A beautiful feeling of leadership to see my full team being elected and a wonderful sense of pride that first time in the history of TAAI in 68 years to have both husband and wife lead the oldest nodal body TAAI as the President. I am humbled and honoured to have the strength of my members to support me to achieve my goals and vision to take TAAI to next level in this testing time.”

She also added that her first and foremost priority as the President of India’s premier travel and tourism body is to recognise the tourism and travel industry sector as a recognised industry by both union and state governments. To achieve this target, we should have a very strong say with the airline companies and governments.

“We will fulfil our promise to the industry by constituting a strong board of advisors with Government, Airlines and influencers and Women empowerment in our membership along with Clarity on GST with the correct favourable policy and Ease of doing business with Embassies and consulates. We will ensure the proper representation of all regions and chapters of TAAI and total revamp of TAAI Secretariat with a self-sufficient manner. The lack of coordination with various central ministries including the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Commerce will be sorted out with a strong media connect. The awareness to consumer and industry also in our main agenda list,” added Jyoti.