PATA India Chapter

Chapter Members: 234 organisations
Chapter Dues:

Travel Agents & Tour Operators – Rs. 6,000.00
Educational & Other Institutes – Rs. 7,500.00
Airlines/ Hotels/ Media – Rs. 10,000.00
State Tourism Boards – Rs. 15,000.00
(The Membership Fee is subject to Service Tax @ 12.36%)


Chapter Activities:

Events 2014

PATA India Chapter Vice Chairman, Vikram Madhok, participated in the 9th PATA Chapter Colloquium held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on 19 September 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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PATA India Chapter along with Ministry of Tourism organized a workshop on Crisis Prevention & Recovery Management on 24th February 2014 at New Delhi.

Mr. Bert Van Walbeek of 'The Winning Edge' and Chairman of PATA Rapid Recovery Task Force (PRRT) conducted the programme, aimed to share & disseminate the PRRT concepts of Pro-active and Reactive Crisis Operations and Communication, as well as specific knowledge in the areas of:

- Women Protection & Safety
- Natural Disaster/ Calamity like Uttrakhand flash floods
- Terrorism threats & attacks


WWF-India and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announce the ‘WWF PATA Bagh Mitra Awards 2013’ for outstanding contributions towards tiger conservation in India

WWF-India and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced the awardees of the WWF-PATA Bagh Mitra Awards 2013 for outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations towards tiger conservation in India, in an awards ceremony conducted at the WWF-India Secretariat on January 17th, 2014. The function was attended by nearly 100 guests. Mr. Inder Sharma, Life Member PATA presided over and  supported the event.  Mr. Parvez Dewan, Chairman, PATA India Chapter and Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

Instituted in 1999 jointly by WWF-India and PATA and funded with contributions from  PATA Foundation, Mr. Soli Godrej, then President of WWF-India, Mr. Inder Sharma, alongwith other travel and tourism trade luminaries,  the WWF- PATA Bagh Mitra Awards are a celebration of India’s wild tigers and the incredible efforts to protect and conserve them for future generations. For over a decade, the Awards have recognized exceptional contributions by organizations and individuals in conserving tigers and their habitats across the length and breadth of the country, by the Forest Department and other government department officials, management of Tiger Reserves and other organizations.

This year’s awardees are Mr. Daulat Singh Shekawat and Dr. Rajiv K. Srivastava for individual contributions and the Forest Development Agency (FDA), Parambikulam, Kerala for institutional contributions towards tiger conservation.

Mr. Daulat Singh Shekawat, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve has made critical contributions in management of human-wildlife conflict and rescuing large cats involved in conflict situations in and around important Protected Areas in Rajasthan, including the iconic Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve and Keoladeo National Park, with over 34 years of dedicated service. “This award is an inspiration and will provide confidence, enthusiasm and motivation to do more for tiger conservation”, he said.

Dr. Rajiv K. Srivastava, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, implemented several key measures to conserve the population of tigers and its habitat in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu, from April 2008 to August 2011. He has also implemented innovative measures to manage human-elephant and human-carnivore conflict around the Tiger Reserve. Currently, the Field Director of the Annamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, he shared his reaction on receiving the award, “It is a proud moment for me and my team to receive this award. This award will motivate me to work harder and involve more people in the cause of tiger conservation.”

The FDA has played a key role since its inception in ensuring that the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (PKMTR) has moved towards a people-inclusive management system, with inclusive development as one of its main objectives. The organization has ensured that the reserve acts as a direct source of livelihood to a large number of entirely forest-dependent communities and incentivizes them to participate in conservation. The FDA has also been instrumental in developing crucial sustainable resource-use practices and achieving convergence and harmony between various conservation-focused and human rights-focused legislations such as the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and the Forest Rights Act, 2006. The organization has also made significant contributions in managing human-tiger conflict around the reserve and generating public awareness on issues related to tiger conservation. Accepting the award on behalf of FDA, Mr. K. Vijayananthan, IFS and Deputy Director, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve and Chief Executive Officer, FDA Parambikulam, said, “This is a proud moment for our communities and team and a big achievement for us. This is also a recognition of the success of our people-inclusive management system.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India said, “The WWF-PATA Bagh Mitra Awards are a celebration of the extraordinary contribution made by people and institutions in the field of tiger conservation over a number of years. It is imperative that we recognize their dedication through events like this to give impetus to the cause of tiger conservation in India.”

Mr. Inder Sharma recounted the importance of environment and wildlife to tourism and encouraged both environmentalists and the tourism trade to sustain their efforts and also continue to recognize the men and women in the field of this noble cause. He took the opportunity to thank WWF India for their technical support in identifying worthy winners of the WWF India and PATA Bagh Mitra Awards. He mentioned that the fund created for this purpose stood at Rs. 1.34 Million and should there be need for financial support, he would use his good offices to help the cause. He also thanked the Ministry of Tourism and Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF India for their unflinching support.

Events 2013

Annual General Meeting 2013
PATA India Chapter’s 43rd Annual General Meeting held on December 26th , 2013 at The Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.  Honorary Secretary, Mr. SanJeet presented the report on annual activities of Chapter. Audited accounts for the year 2012-13 along with Budget for 2013-14 were approved & adopted.
The AGM also witnessed election of the Executive Committee Members for the period 2013-2015

222nd  Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee Meeting held on December 26th, 2013 at The Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Update & Outlook Meeting with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
PATA India Chapter Members interacted with officials of Ministry of Tourism on December 17th, 2013. This interactive session was led by Mr. Parvez Dewan, Secretary – Tourism, Government of india. Additional Director General - Tourism, Mrs. Usha Sharma and Mr. Ajay Gupta were also present at the event. The meeting was attended by approximately 35 Members.

Training Programme:
PATA India Chapter conducted a training session on December 12th, 2013 on “High Impact Presentation Skills” which was attended by 26 participants.

Roadshow September 09-11, 2013 - Melbourne & Sydney

Mr. Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, led the delegation.
1)    20 premium sellers with 27 participants. Cross section includes 12 DMCs, 3 special interest agents (cruise and adventure), 3 hotel groups, 1 airline and 1 State Tourism body (Andhra Pradesh Tourism).

2)    Roadshow focused on B2B sessions exclusively with wholesalers which witnessed strong attendance at both Melbourne and Sydney. This was complimented by even stronger presence of Retail Agents during the Incredible India – PATA seminar. In Melbourne we saw an attendance of nearly 100 participants and in Sydney, the number swelled to over 125. Media was in overwhelming attendance at Sydney.

3)    Air India supported the roadshow with significant discounts on air tickets for participants

4)    Professional marketing agency engaged to ensure maximum attendance by Australian trade including wholesalers, retailer & Media.

5)    100% satisfaction with pre trip assistance (pre roadshow information, visa, air tickets & hotel accommodation) by Chapter office.

6)    More than 90% satisfaction with high impact Incredible India visibility and choice of venues.

7)    Overall satisfaction with usefulness of road-show at 81%.

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Chapter Contacts:
Executive Director
Mr. Runeep Sangha

509 Mercantile House
KG Marg, New Delhi, India, 110001

Office: 91 11 2373-6751
Fax: 91 11 2332-5156
Mobile: 91 98 1119-2900

Vice Chairman
Mr. Vikram Madhok

Abercrombie & Kent India Ltd.
Suite no. 506, 5th floor
Copia Corporate Suite
Jasola District Centre, Jasola
New Delhi – 110025, New Delhi, India, 110 029

Office: 91 11 2617-8418
Fax: 91 11 2618-5056
Office: 91 11 4600 1657
Mobile: +91 98 1003-6168

Honorary Treasurer
Mr. Jatinder S. Taneja

218, Splendor Forum, Jasola District Centre, New Delhi, India, 110 025

Office: 91/11 49 900 900 , 91 9810255898

Hon. Secretary
Mr. SanJeet .

DDP Publications Private Limited
JJJK Trust Bhawan, 18 Rouse Avenue, Kotla Lane, New Delhi, India, 110002

Office: 91 11 4166 9576
Fax: 91 11 2335-1503
Office: 91 11 2371 0793
Mobile: 91 98 1003-1311

Manager Coordination
Ms. Charu Rastogi

509 Mercantile House, 15, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi , India 110001, 110001

Office: 91 11 23736751
Mobile: 91 98102 55898

Mr. Parvez Dewan

Secretary – Tourism
Ministry of Tourism
Government of India
Transport Bhavan
Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110001, New Delhi, India, 110 003

Office: 91/11-24360182
Office: 23711792
Fax: 23717890

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