FICCI to organise 2nd Virtual Edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E-Conclave


FICCI is organizing the Second Virtual Edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E Conclave: The Road to Resilience & Recovery on August 5 -6, (Thursday- Friday), 2021.

The Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E Conclave, will offer an interactive virtual knowledge forum for brainstorming, knowledge sharing & meaningful dialogues between Policymakers, Industry leaders from the government & the private sector on how to plan the road to recovery and shape the future of the Industry. From hard lessons to hopeful horizons, this Conclave will be an important platform for leaders to reconnect, reaffirm and rebuild the sector. 

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Shri G Kishan Reddy

Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has been invited to inaugurate the conclave virtually

Objective of the Conclave 

  •  Create a plan of action to revive Travel, Tourism & Hospitality in the country 
  • Connect the Industry Leaders & Policymakers digitally to ideate, network and share knowledge 
  • Prepare a blueprint on building confidence among industry and tourists 
  • Plan on sensitizing the stakeholders on COVID preparedness. 
  • Focus on various key aspects like technology, skill development, sustainability, mobility etc that could play an important role in the coming future 
  • Prepare a Whitepaper after the conclave collating all important points of discussion 

The event will receive participation from several State Tourism Boards, Hotels & Resorts, Ayurveda & Wellness, Airlines/Online Travel Agencies, Start-ups/ Transport companies, Travel Agents/ Tour Operators, Associations/ Travel Media, Technology companies, Students, and many more. 

Highlights of Event 

  • Interactive Thought Leaders Sessions 
  • State Specific sessions 
  • Insights from leading Industry professionals 
  • Showcasing Global trends & analysis  

Programme Schedule: Day 1: August 5 (Thursday), 2021

Inaugural Session

  1100 – 1105 hrsSetting the tone by Shri Dilip Chenoy, Secretary-General, FICCI
  1105 – 1110 hrsWelcome Address by Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI & Chairperson, FICCI Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
1110 – 1120 hrsTheme State Address by Shri Anbalagan. P, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, Government of Chhattisgarh*
  1120 – 1130 hrsSpecial Address by Shri Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism, Government of India*
  1130 – 1145 hrsInaugural Address by Chief Guest Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER)*
  1145 – 1150 hrsSumming up & Closing Remarks by Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI & Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
 Inaugural Session Moderated By Shri Dipak Deva, Co-Chairman, FICCI Tourism Committee and Managing Director, SITA, TCI & Distant Frontier
End of Inaugural Session
Plenary1 FICCI to organise 2nd Virtual Edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E-Conclave
1430 – 1530 hrsPlenary Session 1: Re-defining the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality landscape of India
The crisis has brought together the Government and Industry leaders across the sector’s value chain to work shoulder to shoulder. How best this collaboration perceives the road to recovery and rethinks the existing tourism policies.  

Moderator: Mr. Ashish Kumar, Co-Chairman, FICCI Travel Technology & Digital Committee


1. Smt. Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
2. Mr. Suman Billa, Director, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), Technical Cooperation & Silk Road Development
3. Mr. Rohit Kapoor, CEO- India & South East Asia, OYO Hotels & Homes
4. Mr. Dhruv Shringi, Co-Chairman, FICCI Tourism Committee, Chairman, FICCI Travel Technology & Digital Committee & Co-Founder & CEO, Yatra Inc.
5. Mr. Rajesh Magow, Co-Founder & Group CEO, MakeMyTrip
6. Ms. Roma Datta, Director – Travel, Gaming & Services, B2B, Media & Telco, Google India

1630 – 1730 hrsPlenary Session 2: COVID Preparedness & Vaccination for Travel, Tourism & Hospitality
As the world weathers the Pandemic storm through vaccination and capacity building, what measures the Central & State Government, Industry & International destinations are taking to ensure safety, building trust and confidence among Travellers.  

Moderator: Ms. Deepali Nandwani, Editor, TravelDine  

Special Address by

Dr. B. Chandra Mohan, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government Tourism, Culture, and Religious Endowments Department, Government of Tamil Nadu

Address by

Shri Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, IAS, Director – Tourism, Government of Odisha  

1. Mr. J K Mohanty, Co-Chairman, FICCI Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Committee, Chairman, FICCI Domestic Tourism Committee & Managing Director, Swosti Group
2. Mr. Naveen Kundu, Co-Chairman, FICCI Domestic Tourism Committee & Managing Director, EBIXCash Travel & Holidays
3. Mr. Ankush Nijhawan, Chairman, FICCI Outbound Tourism Committee & Managing Director, Nijhawan Group & Co-Founder TBO Group
Session 2 FICCI to organise 2nd Virtual Edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E-Conclave
1815 hrs – 1915 hrsPlenary Session 3: The Road to Recovery – Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

The Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industry is already taking steps towards the road to recovery against a backdrop of an evolving pandemic. The rollout of the global vaccination program is the first step towards the revival of the economy.

This exclusive panel of policymakers will discuss the various initiatives they are taking to reopen travel by not only managing safety & security but also through key policy reforms which will help the tourism industry to move “beyond recovery”
Moderator: Mr. Anil Chadha, Co-Chairman FICCI Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Committee, Chairman FICCI Hotels Committee & COO ITC Hotels
Dignitaries :
1. Dr. K Jayakumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Government of Sikkim*
2. Smt. Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra
3. Shri Vishal Kumar Dev, Principal Secretary, Tourism Department, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha
4. Smt. Pooja Singhal, Secretary Industries, Tourism, Art & Culture Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Jharkhand
5. Smt. Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Rajasthan*
6. Shri Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Secretary to Government, Tourism Department, Government of Karnataka
Plenary4 FICCI to organise 2nd Virtual Edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E-Conclave

Programme Schedule: Day 2: August 6 (Friday), 2021

                  1030 – 1130 hrsPlenary Session 4: Destination Experiences in a Post  Pandemic  World
Trust and confidence are the two key factors that a traveler is seeking out for new destinations travel experiences in a post-pandemic world. The panelists will discuss what are the best practices for the destinations to market themselves and redesign traveler experiences to address their sentiments and win their confidence.

Moderator: Mr. Rajan Sehgal, Co-Founder- PASSIONALS, President – Indian Golf Tourism Association & Member – MANAS under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. Of India

Address by: Shri Anbalagan. P, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, Government of Chhattisgarh*


1. Shri Yashwant Kumar, IAS, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, Government of Chhattisgarh
2. Mr. Rajiv Mehra, President, The Indian Associations of Tour Operators (IATO)
3. Mr. Rajeev Jalnapurkar, Chairman- India Association of Amusement Park & Industries & Director Ramoji Film City
4. Mr. Syed Junaid Altaf, Executive Director, FIL Industries Pvt. Ltd
  1200 – 1300 hrsPlenary Session 5: Vision 2030 for Travel, Tourism & Hospitality
A discussion with Industry stalwarts on how they perceive the various segments of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality will shape up and how technology will play an important role in redefining the global tourism ecosystem and engaging with travelers in a post-pandemic world

Moderator: Mr. Kartik Sharma, Co Founder, Dcode AI


1. Mr. Anshul Gupta, Industry Leader – Travel & Hospitality, Accenture
2. Chef Ranveer Brar, Celebrity ChefMs. Aditi Balbir, Managing Director, V Resorts
3. Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Mystifly
4. Mr. Gavin Eccles, Managing Partner, GE Consulting & Advisory
5. Mr. Rakshit Desai, Chairman, FICCI Corporate & MICE Tourism Committee & Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions*
1430 – 1530 hrsPlenary Session 6: Importance of Indian alternate healing system; Ayurveda and Wellness:

In the midst of the pandemic with the threat of another wave looming, the Wellness and Medical activities serve as a ray of hope for Guest arrivals. Ayurveda, the Indian alternate system of Medicine with its 5000 years of existence has garnered global interest.

The use of nature-based medical solutions is popular with the public looking for alternatives. Additionally, Post-Covid rejuvenation and detoxification, immunity-boosting packages are more common and demand is steadily increasing. Workcation (a healthy mix of work and vacation) is becoming a trend in younger professionals. To promote India as a Medical destination, the Government of India is developing new policies. The practice of Yoga is famous the world over and if promoted together with Ayurveda will result in a unique selling point. Let’s hear from the experts.

Moderator: Mr. Sajeev Kurup, Chairman, FICCI Ayurveda & Wellness Tourism Committee & MD – Ayurvedamana Hospitals  

Address by:
Shri Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry Of Tourism, Government of India  

Panelists :  
1. Dr. G.G. Gandharan, Subject Expert- Ayurveda & Wellness
2. Dr. Vaidya M. Prasad, Subject Expert – Ayurveda & Wellness
3. Dr. Madan Thangavelu, Chairman, Ayush Valley Foundation
4. Ms. Irina Lukina, Owner & Managing Director, Indian Holiday
5. Mr. Karthik Davey, Managing Director, Idee Globus Reisen
1630 – 1730 hrsPlenary Session 7: Valedictory Session  

Welcome Address by:
Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI & Chairperson, FICCI Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group  

Moderator: Ms. Diksha Tiwari, TV Anchor, RJ, Journalist & Emcee


1. Sushri Usha Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Culture & Adhyatm, Government of Madhya Pradesh
2. Shri Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Government of Odisha*
3. Adv. P.A. Mohamed Riyas, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala*
4. Shri Vasanbhai Ahir, Hon’ble Tourism Minister of State, Government of Gujarat
5. Shri Tamradhwaj Sahu, Hon’ble Minister of Public Works, Department Home, Jail, Dharmik Nyas and Dharmasv, Tourism, Government of Chhattisgarh*
6. Shri Yogeshwara C P, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Ecology & Environment, Government of Karnataka*
7. Shri Aaditya Thackeray, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism & Environment, Government of Maharashtra*  

Summing up of the session by
Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI & Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group  

Vote of Thanks by
Shri Souvagya Mohapatra, Chairman, FICCI Eastern Region Tourism Committee & Managing Director (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan), Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts

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