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Saturday, 28 April, 2018, 20 : 56 PM [IST]

Rajesh Mudgill makes a come back as Hony Secretary of IATO

EM Najeeb trounces Rajiv Kohli to become Senior VP at IATO elections
Although, key Managing Committee members were elected unopposed even before the elections, the biennial elections to the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), the apex body of tour operators in India, held today in Delhi had fair amount of surprises when votes were counted. In a major set back to the incumbent team, key challengers Rajesh Mudgill for the Hony Secretary and EM Najeeb for Sr Vice President romped home comfortably beating Amarish Tiwari and Rajiv Kohli respectively. 

 Rajesh Mudgill, Managing Director, Planet India Travels made a come back as Hony Secretary of IATO after an interval, while EM Najeeb, Managing Director, ATE Group gave sweet revenge for his loss by a small margin in the last elections. 

 Pronab Sarkar (President), Rajiv Mehra (Vice President), Rajesh Kayasth (Joint Secretary) and Ravi Gosain (Treasurer) were elected unopposed.

 The new EC members (Active) are Raj Bajaj, Tony Marwah, PS Duggal, Deepak Bhushan, and Vinay Tyagi. Sunil Gupta, Zia Siddique, and Vijay Sarthi were elected from the Allied category. 

Addressing the members after the results, Pronab Sarkar expressed the hope that the new members will bring new blood and new ideas into the association to take it into newer heights in coming two years. 

“We had placed our vision before the members and this victory is an acceptance of that vision by the members. We want to use the funds of the Association for the betterment of the members to enable them grow their business. Most importantly we want to involve more and more members in the affairs of the association so that we can collectively bring about the change,” said Mudgill sharing his vision for IATO with TravelBiz Monitor. 

Talking to TravelBiz Monitor after getting elected, EM Najeeb said, “This a wonderful association and we have to strengthen it. It has contributed substantially for the development of tourism in India in the past. But it is time we gave a new dimension to the association imbibing the changes that are happening around the world in the field of travel and tourism. While strengthening the organisation, we have to strive to deliver better value to our members. As an association we also have to work towards making India a preferred destination for travellers. I have my experience of working closely with Kerala Tourism in activating many new ideas. Probably, we can work on such ideas and adopt some of the good practices on the national level as well.”
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