For the first time in the history of Travel Agents Association of India, or TAAI, the oldest and largest travel tourism association in India, the entire set of national office bearers have been elected unopposed for another term, in a strong vote of confidence in the leadership provided by TAAI President Jyoti Mayal and her team of national office bearers.
In a press statement, TAAI says that it had invited nominations from its members for the posts of President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary-General, Honorary Treasurer and seven Managing Committee members for the term 2022-2024.
The last date to file the nominations was September 15 and for withdrawal of nominations was September 23. And, for the first time in the history of TAAI, all the National Office Bearers and proposed Managing Committee members have been chosen unopposed for the term covering the period from 2022 – 2024 as there were no nominations filed to contest elections, challenging the current Office Bearers or nominations of MC members. The elections were scheduled to be held on September 29 in Mumbai where the team has once again taken over their positions.
“We have done our best for the fraternity. We left no stone unturned and represented the travel trade on every front. Our hard work won us many accolades because TAAI’s relentless support to the travel trade and tourism industry has been appreciated at both national and international levels. Our presence at UFTAA, with Global Tourism Boards, with FAITH and state tourism boards as well as IATA shall certainly be more aggressive and interactive,’’ says Jyoti Mayal, who has been elected unopposed as President of TAAI.
Jay Bhatia stays on in his position as the Vice President. “The team worked day and night despite of challenges faced due to the unprecedented event like Covid-19, which halted our industry. However, we ensured that our voice be heard by the highest echelons and that adequate support must be extended to our trade. I am thankful to all who have been there with us during the tough times, encouraging and supporting us. This term of 2022-2024 shall definitely see more endeavours from this committee especially with more interactions with the government and the airlines along with other stakeholder partners which shall benefit our members,’’ says Bhatia.
Bettaiah Lokesh, who too continues as the Honorary Secretary-General said that against all challenges, the TAAI leadership worked for the benefit of the members. “Members were paying their annual subscriptions and our responsibility was to ensure that all statutory and regulatory compliances must be adhered to as per the law and meetings are conducted. Indeed, it was tough but we burnt the midnight oil and made the association strong and faced all such challenges & delivered our best,’’ he says.
“We managed to run offices smoothly. The secretariat, both at Mumbai and Delhi offices, kept the channel of communication open with members with limited resources. The efforts put in by our team at the secretariat resulted in continuous membership subscriptions coming-in post Covid-19,” says Shreeram Patel, who stays on as the Honorary Treasurer.
The press statement adds that along with the Office Bearers, the following seven Managing Committee will play a crucial role in running the association smoothly. They include Anoop B Kanuga, Devesh Kumar Agarwal, Dr P Murugesan, Paras Lakhia, R Venkatachalam, Sameer Karnani, and Amish Desai who too were elected unopposed by the members of the Premier Association.