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Sri Lanka to host the 66th annual TAAI convention in April 2022

Signs Tripartite agreement with SLTPB and SLAITO

On the invitation from the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB) and Sri Lankan Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO), TAAI shall be holding its 66th Convention in Sri Lanka from 19th – 22nd April 2022.

A tripartite agreement was signed on February 23, 2022 between all the above-mentioned entities in Colombo. Present on the occasion to sign the agreement were from SLTPB and SLAITO to sign the MoU were of KPP Siriwardana, Managing Director, SLTPB; DP Daluwatte, Director Events, SLTPB; Thilak Weerasinghe, President, SLAITO and Maheen Kariyawasan, Immediate Past President, SLAITO along with their core committee members and four National Office Bearers of TAAI.


Sri Lankan counterparts shall be extending full support in terms of accommodation, logistics and all arrangements to welcome around 400-500 delegates from India’s oldest and nodal travel & tourism association, stated Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI.

This convention shall not only strengthen bilateral tourism ties between the two countries but, will act as a catalyst in reviving the travel industry for both countries post the pandemic, she added. She said, “We shall create opportunities to sell products of Sri Lanka as a tourism destination but also shall be promoting Incredible India to local Sri Lankan stakeholder partners.”

Jay Bhatia, Vice President, TAAI stated that TAAI annual conventions (Indian Travel Congress) are the most eagerly awaited events of the travel & tourism industry not only in India but in the overseas markets as well. He said, “The visibility this annual event of TAAI brings to the global tourism stakeholders is fantastic. Generally, 500 to 1000 TAAI delegates are offered an excellent opportunity to network; attend B2B interactions, promote or buy and more importantly take home some great learnings from the knowledge sessions and updated information from the destination. We are excited and are looking forward to a great opportunity after nearly 2 decades to come back to Sri Lanka for our Congress.”

TAAI has a large membership who is actively involved in several industry verticals, and thus its focus is to promote these effectively and connect members with opportunities for all stakeholders informed Bettaiah Lokesh, Hon. Secretary-General, TAAI.

Adding further, Shreeram Patel, Hon. Treasurer, TAAI stated that TAAI does these conventions for facilitation of bilateral tourism, interactions with dignitaries from diplomatic missions, governments, high commissions, ambassadors, etc. and for networking events, knowledge sessions and business round tables.

According to TAAI, the 66th TAAI Convention shall be historic, creating greater opportunities and enhancing travel and tourism from and to India, and creating opportunities post the crisis of the pandemic.