Agenda was to introduce OTOAI to the Industry in the city & to increase the membership base in the State
The Maiden OTOAI Member’s meet in Ahmedabad was held on 21 December at the deluxe Hyatt Regency Hotel. It was well attended by 90 invited guests, sponsors, and office bearers of OTOAI.
The agenda for the meet was to introduce OTOAI to the Industry in the city, use it as a networking event with Members of OTOAI and non-members, with an intention to increase the membership base in the State.
Along with the networking, we had also included an interesting mix of destination, product presentation and presentation by a professional GST expert, on the implications of GST in our industry…
The Office Bearers of OTOAI that were present for the event were Guldeep Sahni – President of OTOAI, Riaz Munshi – Vice President of OTOAI, Himanshu Patil – Executive Committee Member, Sujit Nair – Executive Committee member, Ankush Nijhawan – Executive Committee Member and Vineet Gopal – Chapter Head, Northern Region OTOAI
Karan Vakharia, the MC for the event called the proceeding to be started with inviting all guests to take their seat and introduced the OTOAI office bearers, the Sponsors, and the Presenters
The event kick started with a Welcome speech by Mahendra Vakharia – Chairman Western Chapter, OTOAI – who welcomed the invited Guests, OTOAI office bearers, OTOAI Member’s, invited Guests including Airline Heads based in Ahmedabad, and outstation members and guests. Urged the industry friends to keep updating the knowledge, and be proud of being part of an Industry which is the top contributors to World
It was followed by speech and insight on OTOAI from Guldeep Sahni – President of OTOAI and why one should become a member was discussed and highlighted. He also spoke about the future and potential of the Outbound Tourism Industry, and about the Turkey EduCon in March.
This was followed by presentations by Saugat Nandy – Director Western India – Marriott International – he explained about the merger / and the group strength, explained about the SPG Pro preferred partner programme for the Industry. Mansi from Dubai Parks did the presentation on Dubai Parks & Resorts. Ankush Nijhawan – MD Nijhawan Group, did the presentation on Nijhawan Group. Twinkle Shah of Ark Travels did a presentation on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Neha Johri – Country Manager India for Reunion Island Tourism Board, and Ms Rasika Mathur – Sr. Sales Manager India, Marketing & Sales Promotion – Reunion Island Tourism Board India. - did a presentation on the Reunion Island and explained to the participants about the Electronic Visa on Arrival etc.
Anil Bhargavan from Tally Solutions was the Guest Speaker and expert on GST – he explained the GST system and the implications on the Industry. Vineet Gopal - made special announcement of an Exclusive Fam Trip to Reunion Island for only OTOAi Members of Gujarat
A lucky Draw was also done and the Winner – Mr Jatin Shah – Manager – Tsunami Tours & Travels were the Lucky Winner. The prize of the Lucky Draw was Free Trip with OTOAI to Turkey Educon in March. But to qualify he will also have to become an OTOAI member if not a member.
The Event was concluded with Vote of Thanks given by Sujit Nair – EC member of OTOAi and Managing Director of Akquasun Holidays India Pvt Ltd
Mementoes were given to each Speaker / Presenter of Product
The Maiden Member’s Meet of OTOAI in Ahmedabad was a huge success and was well attended from the Industry. The feedback and response from agents were very encouraging and will definitely motivate TEAM OTOAI to have much more such events in the future.