A fresh initiative of TAAI, Women in TAAI and Tourism (WITT) organised its first conclave in New Delhi to celebrate Women’s Empowerment.
The event’s success can be gauged by the fact that more than 200 TAAI & WITT members along with extensive media were present during the deliberations.
Initiated in 2021 by the dynamic president of TAAI, Jyoti Mayal, WITT is an integral part of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI).
Bettaiah Lokesh, Hon Secretary General, delivering the introductory remarks and setting the tone of the conclave, apprised the attendees of the contribution of women in various sectors; be it politics, leadership, decision making on various fronts, education, healthcare, etc.
In her welcome address, Mayal shared a three-step approach to Entrepreneurship, Employment, & Leadership based on which women are contributing to the world.
WITT achieved its core objective which is to involve “Woman in Tourism” to join hands to empower the women of India, when Shri G Kamala Rao, Director General, Ministry of Tourism praised and appreciated the efforts made in his keynote speech. He went on to highlight the importance of women in Indian culture and quoted various verses from ancient Sanskrit texts wherein the importance of women has been demarcated.
Praveen Kumar, Former – Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) communicated that he would take up with the MSDE the sensitivity of having more women-centric programs initiated and floated to extend support to the community.
The first session, Weaving Tales, moderated by Jyoti Mayal had the presence of esteemed panellists Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism; Navina Jafa, Cultural Activist; Shazia IImi, Politician & Journalist; Jahnabi Phookan, Past President, FICCI Flo; Sanjay Bose, ITC’s Hotels; Aarti Manocha, Celebrated Wedding Planner.
Comprehensive capacity building programmes at various levels & empowered women to lead were also deliberated.
The second session, Create your Sunshine, had esteemed panellists Sandeep Dwivedi, COO Interglobe; Nandita Kanchan, Commissioner of Income Tax (Delhi); Charu Wali Khanna, Advocate; Parineeta Sethi, Publisher; Sonia Bharwani, VFS; Aditi Malik, Soft Skills Expert.
Moderating the session Jay Bhatia sought inputs from everyone on various issues related to taxation, legal, skills required, and the contribution of women in various sectors.
SATTE team that partnered with WITT unveiled the Shakti Awards logo at the conclave and, felicitated various women leaders.
To conclude, Shreeram Patel, Hon Treasurer delivered a Vote of Thanks with a special mention of VFS Global, SATTE, Indigo, Government of India – Incredible India, Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) for supporting the cause & making the conclave a success.
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