Outbound Souk | 2016-10-11
The 63rd TAAI Convention charms Abu Dhabi

The 63rd TAAI Convention charms Abu Dhabi with a huge Success


The INDIAN TRAVEL CONGRESS 2016 organized by Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) from the 14th to 16thOctober 2016 has been a huge success. This 63rd Convention & Exhibition of TAAI was held at the most famous and incredible “Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi” and featured about 700 Delegates. The Convention was also highlighted by the most popular ITTE – India Travel Trade Expo offering an excellent B2B opportunity to the visiting delegates to connect themselves with vendors from all over.


The convention was ably supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) who had inspired TAAI to decide Abu Dhabi as the venue for this most outstanding tourism event of the year. TCA played a key role in hosting the Inaugural evening at the Emirates Palace; free visas to the delegates; Pre-Post tours to the Delegates; City Tours and extending overall support to ensure success of the event. Emirates Palace had gone all out to offer to delegates greatest of comfort and opulence backed by the rich quality of some great service.


This year, TAAI Convention will always be recalled for the most outstanding manner it was presented to the Delegates amidst the best of convention venues in the world. Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI remarked “Organizing a Convention of this huge magnitude in less than 40 days strongly reflects the TEAM WORK by TAAI and invaluable support from our Partners in the Industry. The success of the event is a strong attribute of TAAI and its eminence”

The Convention was inaugurated by India’s acting Ambassador Her Excellency Neeta Bhushan, Acting Ambassador of India to Abu Dhabi; by the Director General of TCA His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash and Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI on 14th October, 2016 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

The Director General of TCA also released the convention special – the third issue of TAAI’s Travel & Tourism magazine NAMASTAAI on the 14th October.


TAAI presented three prominent industry awards on 14th October. Zubin Karkaria, CEO of VFS Global was presented with “TAAI’s Award of Distinction for his outstanding leadership and growth in the industry; Dev Karvat, Managing Director of Trawell Tag Cover More was presented the “TAAI’s Awards of Excellence” for his most significant contribution to the Industry and Shyam Nijhawan, Chairman of the Nijhawan Group was presented the “Life Time Achievement Award” for his decades of contribution and support to the Industry.



On 15th & 16th October, at the Emirates Palace, TAAI held its “Knowledge Sessions” featuring subjects of relevance and importance encouraging the delegates to embrace change and be prepared for a fast evolving scenario that demands newer approaches to service the growing travellers. The Convention theme “Tomorrow begins NOW” with a tag line,“rise above the routine” was well received and served as an excellent focus for the debates held.


On the evening of 15th October, TAAI presented NAMASTE INDIA GALA, promoting India and its significant industry contribution and leadership. The evening was based on the landmark in the history of Indian Aviation, where JRD Tata, had flown the first commercial flight, on 15th October 1932 from Karachi to Mumbai. TAAI honoured the Airlines present at this occasion for their role in making INDIA a country-in-great-demand for the growth of Aviation.


On 16th October, the Farewell Gala Dinner was another striking feature of the Convention. This festive and thrilling event was held at the most incredible FERRARI WORLD Abu Dhabi, in YAS Island and was hosted by Yas Island.


Another special value feature of the Convention has been the large presence of Media. About 40 media personnel from India, representing TV; Digital; Print and Social Media joined the Convention at Abu Dhabi.


Airlines that fly into Abu Dhabi & Dubai were a big support to the Convention. They offered special fares for Delegates. Etihad & Jet Airways carried the maximum delegates while there has been valuable support from Oman Air; Emirates; Air India and IndiGO.


The 63rd Convention & Exhibition of TAAI, well known as the India Travel Congress 2016, was illuminated with excellent arrangements; pomp and gaiety amidst luxurious arrangements; fascinating entertainment; city tours from TCA to some of the most iconic locations of Abu Dhabi and many other amazing happenings.


Pre & Post Tours were an impressive aspect of the Convention and the delegates were overjoyed with this icing on the cake.


This event brings in a strong partnership between India and Abu Dhabi through the TAAI-TCA relationship and has now inspired the Indian industry leaders to take a closer look at Abu Dhabi for its myriad wonders and huge potential to attract Indians and Indian events.

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