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Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 09 : 56 AM [IST]

OTOAI to deliberate on the theme ‘Digitalisation – The way forward' at South Africa convention

The fourth convention of the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), scheduled to be held in South Africa from August 11 to 14, 2018, will focus on the theme, ‘Digitalisation – The way forward'. The convention in Cape Town will witness a day-long B2B interactions, followed by knowledge sessions and seminars. While making the announcement at the press conference in Delhi yesterday at the India Habitat Center, Himanshu Patil, Vice President & Chairman – Convention, OTOAI said, “Our 4th convention is expected to witness participation of more than 200 members. Registrations are underway and have already received more than 70 registrations.”

In order to make the convention a success, OTOAI will be closely working with the South African Tourism (SAT) and African Link Travel. SAT be coordinating with OTOAI on various aspects such as selection of members and media, and will also be assisting them in deciding the pre and post familiarisation tours. African Link Travel will be taking care of the logistical arrangements for the convention. 

Present at the conference, Alpa Jani, Manager Trade Relations, SAT, commented that only those OTOAI members who have successfully completed the South Africa specialist programme will be participating at the convention. “SAT has always given priority to educating the travel trade about our offerings, and the OTOAI convention is one big platform that will help us in educating and giving first-hand experience to the travel trade through pre and post familiarisation tours,” she added. 

Patil while throwing light on the convention mentioned that cost of registration for members will be ex-Delhi INR 77,000 and ex-Mumbai INR 69,000. Pre-convention familiarisation tours will be held from August 8, while post-familiarisation tours will begin from August 14. The destinations chosen for familiarisation tours are Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Sun City and Johannesburg.
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