The Indian Travel Congress - 2013, 61st Convention & Exhibition of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) will have 'Connect, Co-operate, Collaborate' as the theme. The event will be held from December 13-16, 2013 at Vivanta by Taj - Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru. The event will be held in conjunction with India Travel Trade Expo (ITTE) and TAAI Travel Awards.
The Chief Guests of the Convention will be K Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, and R V Deshpande, Minister for Tourism, Government of Karnataka. Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, has also consented to be part of the event. The inauguration of the Convention will be followed by a gala dinner. The inauguration of ITTE will be held on the second day, followed by business sessions. The TAAI Travel Awards will be held in the evening of the second day. On December 15, networking and business sessions will continue, followed by a farewell dinner. TAAI will have its AGM on the last day.
Explaining the significance of the theme, Iqbal Mulla, President, TAAI, said, "Keeping in mind the present scenario and challenges faced by the travel and tourism industry, we have designed our theme, which we believe is appropriate for the current scenario. The need of the hour is to 'Connect – Co-operate – Collaborate' for the benefit of our businesses. The Convention will give an opportunity to interact and develop relationships with industry stakeholders. We are working on pre- and post-Convention tours and finalising business sessions."
He went on to say, "In today’s time, we interact with many people at social functions, conferences, etc. Connect is the mantra of today. Co-operation leads to networking, team morale and a generally congenial atmosphere, and hence co-operation is necessary for a profitable business. Collaboration is highly diversified teams working together inside and outside of an organisation with the purpose to create value by improving innovation, customer relationships and efficiency while leveraging technology for effective interactions in the virtual and physical space.”