67th TAAI Convention from July 6 – 9 in Colombo

Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) on the invitation from the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB) will be holding its 67th Convention and Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka from July 6 – 9, 2023 in Association with the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO).

TAAI, which was supposed to host its Convention in Sri Lanka last year, is sticking to its commitment and taking a good-size delegation to the Island Country, which is recovering well from the economic crisis experienced last year. The Convention will have post-tours, offering people a good chance to experience all that Sri Lanka has to offer.

Mrs. Jyoti Mayal, President, of TAAI, says, “We have been waiting for almost a year to host our Convention in Sri Lanka and we are happy that this is finally happening. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, and we are positive that our members will create good synergy with the local tour operators in Sri Lanka and collectively we will be able to increase the tourist traffic between the two countries that are already bound by the Spiritual thread. SLTPB wants India Tourism Industry to be part of its growth story and witness the revival of the island country. Sri Lanka has already welcomed around 75,000 Indian visitors this year (up till April 30) making India its biggest source market. They are excited to roll out the red carpet for around 500 Indian delegates, including media, who will attend the Convention. With the focus to formulate a Vision Plan for the future of TAAI, the Convention will witness meaningful discussions and debates that will help our members become stronger in their business area.”

Mr. Lokesh Bettaiah, Hon. Secretary General, TAAI sharing details of the Convention registration said that it is mandatory for all delegates to register online for this Convention. “We have made the process extremely user-friendly with all details regarding hotels and airlines clearly listed on the website along with all payment gateways. The Online Registrations will start from May 28 (Sunday) and we encourage you all to register in good numbers,” he said.

Mr. Amish Desai, Managing Committee Member, TAAI disclosed the theme of the Convention as – Transcending Borders – Transforming Lives.

Mr. Jay Bhatia, Vice President, TAAI shared the schedule of the Convention. The opening ceremony will take place at 7 pm at BMICH. On July 7 and 8, there will be Business Sessions and Knowledge Discussions from 10 am – 1 pm. From 2 – 5 pm, there will be B2B Meetings for around 200 delegates while the balance of delegates will go on city tours and sightseeing on both days. A theme Dinner is planned for July 7 at Temple Trees, the official residence of the PM of Sri Lanka and on July 8, a Gala evening is planned at the Heritance Negombo Hotel, which is a beautiful property, where delegates will be able to enjoy a fun evening on the beach. On July 9 the delegates can opt for day excursions from Colombo to Bentota / Kandy / Galle. They can also go for an overnight tour of the said places. 50 delegates per excursion/ post tours shall be accommodated on first-cum-fist basis. More details on Speakers and Sessions will be shared as and when will be decided,” he outlined

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