Relations between India and China are seemingly at their lowest ebb in recent history over the Doklam border, a narrow plateau lying in the tri-junction region of India, Bhutan and China. The issue that is being worked out through diplomatic channels is being closely watched by the World including the office of USA President Donald Trump. Lately, USA had approached both Delhi, and Beijing, seeks talks and peaceful resolution to the said issue.
Tourism is one such sector that becomes the first casualty, be natural, or man made disaster, or spread of any disease and now even a stand-off. One such recent casualty of the escalation of the India-China row it seems has become the Travel Agents Association of India’s (TAAI) annual convention that was scheduled to be held in China in August 2017.
TAAI had seized a magnificent location for its 64th convention in China’s Kunming City. TAAI managing committee led by Sunil Kumar R, President TAAI; Marzban Antia, Vice President; Bettaiah Lokesh, Hon. Secretary General; Jay Bhatia, Hon. National Treasurer and its executive members had decided that its 64th Convention & Exhibition of TAAI, with Discovery as an important option, be held from the 18 till 20 August 2017 in Kunming.
But, a recent communique from the association reads “The TAAI 2017 Convention, which was proposed at Kunming, China, scheduled from 18-20 August 2017. In our communication to our Membership dated 23rd June 2017, we advised that registrations shall open on the 5th of July 2017. However, in view of certain pending approvals and Airline seat confirmations, it has been decided to hold our Convention at a later date.”
“We shall inform you of the new schedule for our convention soon,” it adds.
According to an TAAI insider, the original plan was to take over 1200 delegates as part of the TAAI convention to China as to cement Indo-Chinese ties in tourism ahead of the 9th BRICS Summit to be held in Sept 2017 in China’s Xiamen city. “A UNWTO study predicts the India soon will have 50 million outbound tourists; and with a over 100 million outbound Chinese tourists- both countries stand to gain in the tourism sector. We thought that just before the BRICS summit, our convention will be an enabler to strengthening the tourism ties between the two countries, while now we’ll have to wait for the strategic outputs of the said summit to reshape our convention,” added the source.