Conventions are More Fun in The Philippines-DOT hosts OTOAI’s maiden convention
INVC, Chandigarh, The Department of Tourism, Philippines had successfully hosted the 1st Annual OTOAI Convention from 1-4 December, 2013 in Manila. The maiden convention received an overwhelming response from the outbound travel agents and tour operators from India.
The covention, aptly named, ‘The Changing Face of Indian Outbound’ focused on various aspects of domestic as well as international travel. The convention featured six business sessions featuring national and international speakers and discussed the huge increase in India outbound and subsequent future marketing strategies. It also brought to light the evolving profile of the travel agents in India and the rapidly changing tourism scenario.
The convention was held at the Solaire Resort & Casino addressed some important issues of the travel agents’ community. The Convention was witnessed by some 350 delegates from the trade industry. The convention was primarily focused to highlight and take forward the interest of all the stakeholders involved in the Outbound Tourism of India. Outbound Tourism from India is one of the fastest growing market segments in World Tourism and countries ignoring this huge business opportunity are doing so at their own risk.
Speaking on the occasion OTOAI President, Guldeep Singh Sahni, said, “The Philippines is a beautiful destination and has lots to offer to a traveller. We want Philippines to fight back the aftermath of Haiyan and I hope the OTOAI Convention helps the destination benefit with increased tourist arrivals.
We also expect a new level of partnership between India and Philippines and hope to bring pan-India tour operators on one platform.”
Riaz Munshi, Vice President, OTOAI had been appointed as the Convention Chairman while Vineet Gopal, Joint Secretary, OTOAI, was appointed as the Co-Convention Chairman.
“We are proud to have hosted the 1st Annual OTOAI Convention in the Philippines. The success of the association's maiden event is a great accomplishment not only for the association but also for us. It gave the participating members from OTOAI a great opportunity to come face-to-face with people from the travel industry in the Philippines. The event served as a platform for Philippines to extend its tourism ties with their counterparts from India and helped educate them about the country's tourism products through educational sessions. It will go a great way in helping Tourism Philippines achieve its targeted visitor arrival figures from India next year as we look on to getting introduced to new businesses from India through the association. OTOAI plays an important role in the travel industry in India and we will look forward to hosting more of these kinds of event in future”, said Mr. SanJeet Department of Tourism Attaché, India.