Chairman’s Note

We have now approached the end of the calendar year with the festive spirit of Christmas and New Year knocking doors. It has been a very successful year for AITTC and some of our significant achievements are listed below.

  • Strong growth in membership numbers
  • Providing input for the Tourism sector for India governments ‘Australia Economic Strategy’ which will now be a key driving force behind the business relationship be-tween the two countries.
  • Continuing with Accor Hotels for corporate sponsorship
  • Participating at the Luxperience in Sydney – one of Australia’s leading luxury travel trade show
  • Participating at Indian business chambers interactive session in Canberra, hosted by the Indian High Commissioner.
  • Participating at the CAPA Aviation Summit in Sydney
  • Meeting ‘Friends of India’ parliamentarians in Canberra at a session hosted by the Indian High Commissioner.
  • Hosted jointly in partnership with Indian Consulate office in Sydney a grand evening on treasures of North East India.
  • Hosted jointly in partnership with Indian Consulate office in Sydney a round table with India focused outbound tour operators, airlines , hotel and media to identify opportunities and challenges for growth in travel from Australia to India
  • Hosted jointly in partnership with India Tourism Singapore another know India seminar attended by several India focused outbound tour operators, airlines , hotel and media
  • Hosted jointly in partnership with our member Far Horizon – a Delhi based top end inbound tour operator an information session mainly on the Brahmaputra River Cruising

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Not to be ignored our regular networking and discussions with stakeholders, attending travel trade conferences and behind the scene strategic work with members, stakeholders and the industry itself to boost bilateral travel between Australia and India.

After almost six year since inception, I am very proud to say that today AITTC is seen as a contributing force in the Australia-India travel and tourism sector. As there are many opportunities to do more, our aim is to evaluate what best can be achieved for the industry in the im-mediate future with our limited resources.

We are currently in planning mode for next calendar year. Key themes in mind are to increase destination knowledge through various strategic means, introduce newer products and negate perceptions affecting growth. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Phillip Boniface our Co Chairman or any of our Board Members if there are any suggestions on our way forward.

Finally I wish all of you a very happy and enjoyable Christmas and a safe journey into the New Year. I thank all my Board members for their valued contributions, in particular Co- Chairman Phillip Boniface, for driving tirelessly many of our day to day agenda items. My thanks to Accor Hotels and AIBC our MOU partner or their continued support.I also express my deepest sympathy for the bush fire victims and extend our sincere appreciation for the volunteers for their tireless work in managing the fire hazards.

I also take this opportunity to welcome Mr A Gitesh Sarma as the new Indian High Commissioner to Australia, replacing Dr A M Gondane who has taken up retirement and Mr Sanjay K Muluka as the new Consul (Commerce & Trade) and Head of Chancery in Sydney, replacing Mr Chandru Appar who has gone back to the MEA headquarters in New Delhi on a new role. While thanking Dr Gondane and Mr Appar for their continued support for AITTC, I look for-ward to working their replacements assuring from our side unchanged level of cooperation.

Sandip Hor
Chairman

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