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TAAI Convention to be hosted in Singapore on Royal Caribbean cruise

The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has announced that it will host its next annual Convention in Singapore from August 22 – 25. Offering a different experience to its members and delegates for the convention, the association is hosting the annual-trade event on a cruise. Royal Caribbean International‘s ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ vessel will host the entire 66th TAAI convention.

Inviting the members to attend the convention in large numbers, office bearers and Managing Committee (MC) members of TAAI reiterated the importance of strengthening bilateral ties with international tourism boards and popular tourists destinations like Singapore from India. Earlier, the association has announced Sri Lanka as the host for its Convention from April 19 – 22 but amidst political unrest and volatile situation in the island nation, TAAI decided to ‘postpone’ its convention.

Soon after the Sri Lanka snub, it was expected that the association might head to Almaty for its next convention, which TAAI initially said will be rescheduled and take place in August. TAAI had signed MoUs with Kazakh Tourism and Almaty city Tourism last year to explore the possibility of holding the TAAI convention in Almaty. A TAAI delegation had also visited Almaty to explore the possibilities but nothing got finalised.

With TAAI heading to Singapore now, two popular South Asian nations are in trade’s limelight with TAFI heading to Malayisa for its Convention in September. TAAI hosted its last convention three years back in 2019, when it went to Kunming, China for its flagship event.

Sharing more details on the convention, Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI said that the association’s members are excited to witness and attend the convention from a long time since this will be the first TAAI convention in the post-pandemic era. “The association’s strength is in facilitating business-to-business and people-to-people contacts to support its members. And, therefore, we are inviting members to embark on a journey to rebuild the network and relationships post-pandemic,” she added.

According to Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI, the association has already signed an MoU with the Almaty city Tourism to explore the possibility of holding the TAAI convention in Almaty. “If everything works out well, we are looking at having the annual convention in Kazakh South capital, Almaty, towards the end of August or beginning of August this year,” Mayal said at a ‘Department of Tourism of Almaty City Roadshow’ organised at the aegis of TAAI in New Delhi.

Mayal further added that that the close proximity of Singapore & the opportunity to promote regional tourism is the need of the hour to strengthen bi-lateral relations, develop trade, investments & tourism, to experience the serene beauty of destinations like Singapore and Penang, Malaysia.Jay Bhatia, Vice President added that the TAAI’s 66th Cruising Convention will be a lifetime experience. “The Cruise-to-Cruise experience will begin and end in Singapore. We have roped in the Royal Caribbean International and shall be boarding the ‘Spectrum of the Seas. The largest, best, and newest Cruise ship in the world, ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ offers great food, warm hospitality, and various other unique experience,” apprised Bhatia.

“Those looking forward to learning; networking; exploring; connecting to situations and people beyond their current, ones must immediately plan their participation and not miss out on exciting and momentous opportunities emphasised,” Bettaiah Lokesh, Hon Secretary General, TAAI.

While, Shreeram Patel, Hon Treasurer, TAAI informed that they will soon be rolling out the registration opportunity. “This 66th Cruising Convention is designed to be numbers restricted, however, basis availability we shall accommodate the maximum number of members,” Patel assured.

As per SLAITO sources, considering the concerns expressed by the TAAI leadership at today’s tripartite meeting, it has been decided to reschedule the TAAI Annual convention scheduled for April 19 to 22 in Colombo to a convenient date in June or July. It is said that the Indian side shared their concerns about the current situation in Sri Lanka and expressed their apprehension about the free movement of delegates.





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