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Wednesday, 09 January, 2019, 14 : 22 PM [IST]

IATO and ITTA agree to resolve issues amicably at a joint meeting

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Indian Tourist Transporters Association (ITTA) have agreed to resolve their disagreements emanated out of the abrupt decision of the latter to hike the coach fee from New Year.  Both the sides have agreed not to precipitate the matter further and agreed to resolve the issues amicably at a mediatory meeting called by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.  The leadership of both the Associations met separately after their meeting at MoT and discussed ways to solve the issue.

The issue has taken a turn for the worse within a couple of days of the implementation of the new rates by IITA, as the association, as alleged by the tour operators community, started deploying people at Delhi airports to verify whether all tourist coach operators are charging the renewed rates. There were also attempts to stop tourist vehicles with foreign tourists on board at different points in the capital creating a rift between tour operators and transport operators. 

“We discussed the issues and there was a realisation on both the sides that one cannot survive without the other.  We have reached some agreements and that will be formalised soon,” said Rajesh Mudgill, Hony. Secretary, IATO.  He said that Associations can only give “indicative tariff” and rest should be left to “market forces” of demand and supply. 

 Kanwarjit Singh Sawhney, Vice President, ITTA also confirmed that the “meetings were cordial” and a “joint agreement” will be formalised as early as possible.

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