Indian Affiliation of Tour Operators elects new president in document turnout
The newly elected Rajiv Mehra has been an active IATO member for many years, holding key positions and overseeing the registration of conventions
- The poll attracted a record number of voters, with the verdict deemed broken as some of those who won today belong to the other group that lost and sought change.
- A controversial topic was the waiver of membership fees due to the COVID times.
- IATO is the national body of the tourism industry and has over 1,600 members covering all segments of the tourism industry.
In a highly competitive election today, March 6, 2021, Rajiv Mehra was elected President of the IATO, defeating Lally Mathews by a narrow margin. EM Najeeb retained his position as Senior Vice President. Concord’s Harish Mathur won a seat on the Executive Committee by a considerable margin.
The poll attracted a record number of voters, with the verdict considered broken as some of those who won today belong to the other group who lost and sought change. Shortly after the win, Mehra said his team would do their best to take all of the membership with them so that the problems and issues ahead could be resolved.
It is watched with interest how the new team deals with issues that irritated some of the winners of the other group led by Lally Mathews. This includes waiving membership fees due to the COVID times and dealing with the Ministry of Tourism.
IATO is the national body of the tourism industry. It has over 1,600 members covering all segments of the tourism industry. IATO was founded in 1982 and today has international acceptance and connections. It maintains close ties and constant interaction with other tourism associations in the US, Nepal and Indonesia, where the USTOA, NATO and ASITA are their member organizations, and strengthens international networking with professional associations to facilitate the visit of international travelers not only to India but the entire region.
The association works closely with the government on all critical issues affecting the tourism industry in India, with tourism being the top priority. It works closely with all government ministries and departments, chambers of commerce and industry, diplomatic missions and others. IATO acts as a common medium between decision makers and the industry, presenting both sides with the full perspective, aligning their common agenda of tourism facilitation. All IATO members adhere to the highest standards of professional ethics and offer their customers personal service.