The IATO Executive Committee after the elections has relooked and restructured the IATO Regional and the State Chapters to expand its wings and strengthen membership bases.
Mr. Sejoe Jose, Managing Director, Marvel Tours Pvt. Ltd. has been given the bigger responsibility to look after the Southern region and has been appointed as the Chairman of IATO Southern Region which would cover Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andaman Nicobar, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, etc. Earlier he was the Chapter Chairman of Kerala. He will take over from Mr. E.M. Najeeb who has been the Chairman of the Southern Region and has immensely contributed to the growth of IATO in the Southern Region.
Mr. James Kodianthara, Managing Director, Concord Exotic Voyages (I) P. Ltd. has been appointed as the Chairman of the IATO Kerala Chapter in place of Mr. Sejoe Jose.
Mr. Jitendra Kejriwal, Chairman, Arika Tour & Travels (P) Ltd. Mumbai has taken over as Chairman Maharashtra Chapter replacing Mrs. Vasuki Sundaram.
Separate chapters have been created for Uttarakhand and Ladakh with Mr. Nidhish Sharma, Managing Director, Garhwal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. Dehradun, and Mr. Tsering Namgyal, Managing Director, Windhorse Expeditions India, Ladakh being appointed as Chairman for Uttarakhand and Ladakh respectively.
Mr. Rajiv Mehra while welcoming the new regional/state chapters mentioned that he is sure that this will help strengthen the IATO membership base pan India and especially in Uttarakhand and Ladakh as there was no separate Chapter Chairman in these two states. With having State Chairman located at those places, besides increasing membership base, IATO will have better coordination and interaction with the state governments and the local trade.