India Tourism Mumbai welcomes 6 member car expedition team of travel agents

India Tourism Mumbai, the Regional Office of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for Western & Central Region organised a reception and felicitation for a six-member team comprising Travel Agents and Tour Operators who are on a self-driven car expedition across India spreading the message of “Vocal for Local and Promoting Domestic Tourism” on 24th October at Sun & Sand Hotel, Juhu, Jubilee Room, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

The Regional Director (West & Central Region), India Tourism and the Vice President and Chairman of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) welcomed the Six members team of Travel Agents who are on a car expedition (self-drive) across India spreading the message of “Vocal for Local” and to promote Domestic Tourism in a function held in Mumbai today. Speaking during the event, Venkatesan Dhattareyan, Regional Director, India Tourism Mumbai stated that this expedition proves that adventure is part of the tour operator and Travel agents and that dreams do come true with perseverance and hard work.

He further added that Domestic tourism continues to be an important contributor to the tourism sector providing much-needed resilience. Focusing on domestic tourism potential, encouraging fellow countrymen to explore their own country, taking a much-needed break within their own borders will be a winning strategy for India as the country eases the lockdown in a phased manner. In 2019, it grew by 25.3 per cent to reach 2321.98 million visits. Venkatesan also touched upon the steps taken by the Ministry to bring the tourism sector back on track.
Jyoti Mayal President, Travel Agents Association of India who addressed the function on a virtual mode recounted the role of TAAI in driving the tourism economy of the country and the support that it provides to Ministry of Tourism in an advisory role.

The team members shared their experience of travelling to state capitals of 29 States in India and all Union Territories except the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. The team highlighted the COVID safety protocols followed by hotels, accommodation units, restaurants, be it big or small in every city which made them feel safe. The team also through social media and interaction with the press had highlighted the attractions at every place they have visited. The team commended the road conditions across the country and the talked about how unique each place in India was thus making it truly incredible.

The aforesaid Car Expedition left Surat on 18th September 2020 and has travelled across India covering the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Odisha, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and also the Union Territories of Delhi, Chandigarh and Puducherry.