In a move to strengthen the association, the Indischer Verband der Reiseveranstalter (IATO) has appointed a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to enlarge the scope and area of operations in the 1600-member body.
Rahul Chakravarty has been appointed to the post, taking over on April 1. He has extensive experience in the Verband der indischen Industrie- und Handelskammern (FICCI) where he looked after tourism for 15 years.
Gour Kanjilal, who was the Executive Director of IATO for the past 14 years, has resigned, citing age and other considerations for his departure.
At the IATO meeting today on April 3, the leadership, including Pronab Sarkar, E. M. Najeeb, and Rajesh Mudgal, lauded the services of Kanjilal who had earlier served in the Tourism Ministry in India and abroad.
The IATO leadership is confident that Rahul, with his vast experience, will help the organization to grow.
The monthly meeting of IATO discussed some other issues, such as the visa, various committees to boost the association, and greater awareness of the association in the country and abroad.
The September travel mart in Delhi will also be promoted by the association.