In an effort to empower the travel trade sector in India, which has been drastically hit by the pandemic, the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) has waived off the annual membership fee for the financial year 2021 – 22.
The Association had reduced the fees by 50% for the financial year 2020 – 2021. The move is a testament to the fact that the association recognises and empathises with the challenges being faced by the outbound tour operators in India today.
“This is not the time to make money or fill up reserves,”Riaz Munshi, President, OTOAI explained.
“We understand the plight of our fellow industry colleagues and this gesture is our way of showing our solidarity to them. The outbound from India has been severely affected and it will indeed take a while before things go back to normal. The second wave has hit all businesses, especially tourism (which had started to pick a little in December / January) severely and different entry laws/requirements by different countries have made outbound travel very challenging. I would also like to urge people in the travel fraternity to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest possible so that whenever tourism opens, our customers do not hesitate to reach out to us and it will also send out a positive message to the world,” he added.