New Delhi: On the sidelines of the first ever India Tourism Mart organised in Delhi, a MoU was signed by R Sunil Kumar, President, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Shi Lin, Vice Director General, Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Commission (YPTDC) on Tuesday to promote travel and tourism.
The 65th Convention and Exhibition of TAAI from November 27-29 at Kunming, Yunnan was announced at the meeting in the presence of Chinese delegation including Liu Huibo, Vice Director of International Marketing, Department of YPTDC; Fang Limin, Vice Director of International Marketing Department of YPTDC; Li Bijian, Deputy Chief Minister of the Embassy of China and Tianxin, Director of Indian Office of the Culture and Tourism, Ministry of China.
This will be the first annual convention that TAAI is organising in China and has materialised after a long period of discussions.
Delegates attending the convention will be hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel, Kunming. Located on the South West frontier of China, flights are directly available from Delhi and Kolkata to Kunming. TAAI aims to promote lesser known destinations through the convention. Pre and post convention tours will also be held in cities close to Kunming like Shangri-La, Dali and Lijiang.
Kunming is the capital of Yunnan, also known as the ‘City of Spring’ with its pleasant climate and flowers in bloom all through the year. With a rich history and culture, Kunming is a very popular tourist destination in South West China and was once the door to the Silk Road.
TAAI has always emphasied the development of tourism ties between India and destinations that offer great scope to attract more Indian travellers. TAAI enjoys a history of reflecting major numbers of outbound tourists from India to destinations that have become venues for its conventions. This always works well in drawing tourists from abroad as a result of conventions and exhibitions held by TAAI in those places, ensuring high visibility for India.
TAAI has held conventions in South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East in the previous years.