THE IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) and Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) are setting up a joint working committee, which would address issues facing the trade such as airline commissions and service taxes.
With each association fielding three members, Rajendra Churiwala, director-eastern region, IAAI, explained: “We wish to set an example in the travel trade in India that individual agendas of various associations do not supercede the higher good of the industry. Each stakeholder’s concerns and problems must be represented and addressed. We need unity, and IAAI and ETAA are leading by example.”
Biji Eapen, president of IAAI, added: “We are also planning to interlink IAAI and ETAA websites. This will help leverage the membership pool of both associations.”
Eapen also revealed that IAAI will hold its annual convention in New Delhi in February 2015, but the two associations may propose a joint event instead.