UFTAA
Issue: Jan 2017

President's Message

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GLOBAL CONNECT
You are noticed or you don’t exist

Business is all about growing beyond our current zones. The environment that drives our business reach reflects a clear norm – You change or you are forced to change in order to remain relevant and sustain success.

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Golden Jubilee Congress - a great success

With near 140 Delegates representing 25 countries, Golden Jubilee Congress at Istanbul recorded best attendance compared to Congresses held in last few years. All thanks to excellent cooperation, support and hospitality extended by the Host Association - TURSAB, Ministry of Tourism Turkey, Municipality of Istanbul and Turkish Airlines who very generously offered 'Zero cost tickets' to all delegates. Near perfect management of the Event by Pronto DMC, and superb Congress venue, ambience, arrangements and professional services provided by Congress hotel Hilton Bosphorus, contributed greatly to the success of Congress which revolved around the theme - CELEBRATE THE CONNECT.

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The directive is clear. To grow up and to grow big, what matters is how well you are connected, locally to globally. It has been rightly said ..

“Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. ”
– Margaret J. Wheatley

UFTAA’s golden jubilee mission is to offer to all, a positive global connect. For 50 years, UFTAA has been a glowing tribute to the travel industry. It supported national associations to represent their challenges. It offered learning on industry practices and trends. It connected members, globally, and offered them an excellent opportunity to interdepend. It’s role in “Training” and “Development” of industry leadership is well known.

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Golden Jubilee Congress - a great success

With near 140 Delegates representing 25 countries, Golden Jubilee Congress at Istanbul recorded best attendance compared to Congresses held in last few years. All thanks to excellent cooperation, support and hospitality extended by the Host Association - TURSAB, Ministry of Tourism Turkey, Municipality of Istanbul and Turkish Airlines who very generously offered 'Zero cost tickets' to all delegates. Near perfect management of the Event by Pronto DMC, and superb Congress venue, ambience, arrangements and professional services provided by Congress hotel Hilton Bosphorus, contributed greatly to the success of Congress which revolved around the theme - CELEBRATE THE CONNECT.

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Pictures

Media Coverage

Media Coverage Courtesy:-

Travel Writers Association

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWJqMaFFW4

Travel World Online

https://youtu.be/nTsHIiIIQIE

Travel TV (DDP)

https://vimeo.com/196069712

Photo Gallery

http://uftaa.org

UFTAA touches the golden figure 50

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Turkish Airlines – the Host Airline of Golden Jubilee Congress

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Meet TURSAB - Agents Association of Turkey

Established in 1972, TURSAB has 9,322 Members. General Assembly, which elects 9 Board Members for 2 Year Term, is the ultimate Authority within TURSAB’s Organisation. TURSAB’s 94 appointed persons, work for TURSAB Head Office and 20 Regional Chapters within Turkey to

  • ensure development of travel agency profession is in harmony with country’s economy and tourism sector
  • conduct market research & studies on travel agency profession
  • take measures to prevent unfair competition among its members
  • organise courses, seminars to train travel agency personnel
  • contribute towards proper development of tourism
  • manage PR & promotional activities within the country and Internationally

Visit www.tursab.org.tr or write to ak@tursab.org.tr for further information

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Ladies behind the show - TURSAB

AGA elects Board of Directors 2017

  • Mr Sunil Kumar RUMALLA - President
  • Mr Yossef FATAEL - Vice President
  • Mr Shafi Grewal KAKA - Vice President
  • Mr Richard LOHENTO - Director
  • Mr Mario BEVACQUA - Director
  • Mr Leonce DIARRA - Director
  • Mr Madhusudan ACHARYA - Director
  • Mr Cetin GURCUN - Director
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Missing in picture are Mr Leonce DIARRA and Mr Mario BEVACQUA.

Board presents Road Map 2017

UFTAA Board is committed to

  • Enhance membership
  • Improve ‘UFTAA – Member Connect’
  • Play lead role in Air & IATA Matters
  • Revive IATA – UFTAA Trainings
  • Launch IT Platform for Tourism
  • Add enormous value to UFTAA Card

For Updates … Visit members area from our website www.uftaa.org

UFTAA thanks it’s sponsors for their support

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Message from the Vice President & Chairman Airlines & IATA Matters Committee

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For Members Attention & URGENT Response

The upcoming meeting of PAPGJC - the Joint Committee of Airlines and Travel Agents representatives, is scheduled to assemble mid February 2017.

If your Association desires that UFTAA raise certain Principal Issue, please forward the details by email to y.fatael@gmail.com at the earliest in order for UFTAA to fully understand the background of your problem, and have enough time to study, understand and prepare prior to presentations at the Meeting.

UFTAA will present these issues in your name and on your behalf.

The relevant topics for PAPGJC Forum are:

  • Principal issues regarding the procedures between IATA, Airlines and the Travel Agents
  • Management and urgent problems in the local APJCs
  • IATA proposals of resolutions which are relevant to your country that are about to be submitted in October
  • 2015 PAConf meeting
  • Any other topic that you consider is of importance to you

Cordially yours,
Yossi Fatael

Continued…… President’s Message

Today, UFTAA is re-engineered. We, at UFTAA, are determined to raise the “relevance bar”. It is our loud and resolute proclamation to all industry leaders to expand their reach-out in order to retain leadership. Business and learning can get better when we go all out to establish the right-connect.

UFTAA is an excellent forum to enable this advantage. Let us not stay behind. Let’s foster our togetherness if we have to raise the bar.

It is great to go more “visible”. I am ready. Are You?? Let’s do it together. UFTAA can be our inspiring focus.

Sunil Kumar RUMALLA President, UFTAA

Continued….Golden Jubilee Congress - a great success

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Full house at the Annual General Assembly deliberated over vast Agenda, took important decisions and unanimously elected New Board for 2017. Packed Business Sessions, steered by eminent Speakers, addressed subjects / issues of importance to Members. Informative Presentations followed exciting interaction and Q & As to the benefit of all present. There was 'Live Coverage' of Business Sessions on Social Media.

Glitter & glamour carried all through the two Evenings what with traditional 'Lighting of the Lamps', 'Ribbon & Cake Cutting Ceremonies' heart rendering Music Performance, very impressive Key Note Speakers, Award Ceremony and the 'Welcome & Closing' addresses by President Sunil Kumar were talked about by all present and will be remembered for times to come.

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Message from President - TURSAB

Message from the President Executive – FISAAVET/AOC

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Esteemed members of UFTAA,
Dear Colleagues,

I would like to hereby express my most cordial, first and foremost wish for the New Year to not bring any further devastating news from anywhere around the world. I sincerely believe that our sector will have a leading role in withstanding the global terror since tourism is an unceasing safeguard for peace.

Let us firmly join our hands in preserving world peace through tourism with the best possible outcomes: happiness, success, stability and drive for a stronger humanity, stronger fraternity and stronger prosperity.

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma GANDHI

Sincerely Yours, Başaran ULUSOY
President
ASSOCIATION OF TURKISH TRAVEL AGENCIES
(TÜRSAB)

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Prince E.NGASSA HAPPI

SATTE Hosted Buyer’s Programme - SPECIAL OFFER for UFTAA Members

At Golden Jubilee Congress in Istanbul, SATTE had made a presentation with 'Special Offer' for UFTAA Members keen to attend SATTE (South Asia Travel & Tourism Exposition) at Delhi from 15th to 17th Feb, 2016.

While normal Registration Fee for Delegates is US$ 600, UFTAA Members have been offered a Fee of US$ 300 only. In addition, there is a provision to reimburse substantial cost of the Air Ticket to Delhi and back subject to meeting certain requirements of SATTE.

Registration for SATTE has to be done through UFTAA Secretariat. More details available at www.uftaa.org.

Annual Fees for 2017

2016 AGA at Istanbul approved revision in Annual Fee for the Associations

  • Associations with less than 250 Members - Euro 900
  • Associations with 250 or more Members - Euro 1800

Annual Fees for Affiliate Members remains unchanged.

PLEASE SETTLE YOUR 2017 ANNUAL FEES.

Please remit or transfer Annual Fees to:

BNP PARIBAS La Condamine - Monaco
5bis, Boulevard Albert 1er - MC-98000 Monaco
A/C No: 3004-09174-000 100 23518-18/UFTAA
Code IBAN: MC58 3000 4091 7400 0100 2351 818 Code BIC ou SWIFT :BNPAMCM1

Calendar of Global Events

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Kudos for IT Partner Travelshore Technologies

Travelshore Technologies, our IT Partner has been instrumental in not only powering UFTAA's website but have used their vast experience in upgrading our website www.uftaa.org. in most professional manner as well. Their contribution in helping us put together the 1st Issue of Global Connect is greatly appreciated. Alex T Jacob, Director & C.E.O. and Joe John Thomas C.O.O. from Travelshore will be very happy to assist and answer questions related to 'software development, technology incubation and automation solutions. For further information please click on www.travelshore.com

From the Desk of Secretary General

Dear Members,

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I am very happy to present the 1st Issue of GLOBAL CONNECT which will continue to keep you updated with initiatives and activities at UFTAA as also share news of fellow Members from 'Far & Beyond'.

With the great success of Golden Jubilee Congress at Istanbul and a focused Road Map 2017 set by new Board of Directors, we can surely hope that our illustrious Federation will emerge stronger and continue to play leading role globally.

Let’s join hands, by communicating and connecting, by sharing vital information about Issues in your part of the Industry and Activities & Events of your Association with fellow Members through Global Connect..! Together we can make it interesting and meaningful and make our Federation stronger.

I encourage you to visit our website www.uftaa.org for updates and assign someone responsible in your Association as ‘UFTAA Coordinator’ to provide regular information.

Your feedback & suggestions will be most welcome..!

Ramesh MARWAH
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