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ASTA India Chapter is an extension of ASTA International in India. Once a company applies for the membership of ASTA, they automatically become the members of their respective chapters worldwide. Annual membership fees for ASTA India Chapter is Rs. 1500 which is from April to March. This fees is separate from the International membership you pay annually. ASTA India Chapter has been actively involved in organising FAM Trips of ASTA US agents to India as well as arranging some educational seminars in India.

The ASTA India Chapter is now the largest ASTA Chapter outside the US, with 168 members.

Over the past few years, the chapter has organised various activities.

The India chapter had very successfully arranged a FAM trip in India in April 2006, where we had over 40 US agent come to India. They met the ASTA India Chapter members over three days of lunches and dinners. The ASTA India chapter also took part in the Montreal, Orlando and Las Vegas Trade Shows. At all these events it has been our core focus to give exposure to our members. All our events have not only been open for any member to join in, but all the material we have distributed has always contained all membership information. At the last three Trade Shows we have been taking a booth space and arranging various activities such as offering door prizes and special trips for the US agents. These have worked fairly well.


We also had a very successful chapter Road Show in Southern California in September. There were 8 companies from India and we had a tremendous response for the local travel fraternities in San Diego and the Long beach areas. We took this momentum onto to Las Vegas where there were almost 18 Indian companies at the India stand at the Trade Show.

 

YEAR WISE LISTING OF ASTA INDIA CHAPTER ACTIVITIES

 At all the events it has been our core focus to give exposure to our members. All our events have not only been open for any member to join in, but all the material we have distributed has always contained all membership information. At the last three Trade Shows we have been taking a booth space and arranging various activities such as offering door prizes and special trips for the US agents. These have worked fairly well.

2005:

•  The ASTA India chapter took part in The Trade Show in Montreal, Canada in September 2005. Where the specially printed leaflets with participating member profile were distributed to the delegates.

•  The team also announced the door prizes to the participants visiting India stand where a few trips to India were offered.

•  The team also got the Jute Bags (with ASTA India Logo) printed and distributed at the show.

•  The Indian member delegation also distributed the specially developed CDs to all the participants.

•  A presentation on India as a tourism destination was also made by the participating members in the Montreal congress. Which was fully supported by the MOT-Canada office.

2006 :

  • ASTA India chapter very successfully arranged a FAM trip in India in April 2006, where we had over 40 US agent come to India. They met the ASTA India Chapter members over three days of lunches and dinners.
  • The 10 member team participated in The Trade Show in Orlando and exhibited under the India stand taken by the Ministry of Tourism.

2007:

  • The 18 member team participated in The Trade Show in Las Vegas Trade. The India participation was the largest for any exhibitor at the show.
  • We also had a very successful chapter Road Show in Southern California in September 2007. There were 8 companies from India and we had a tremendous response for the local travel fraternities in San Diego and the Long beach areas. We took this momentum onto to Las Vegas where there were almost 18 Indian companies at the India stand at the Trade Show.

2008:

  • Another road show was organized in association with Ministry of Tourism in Atlanta, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers in September 2008. ASTA India chapter had hired a local agency to select and invite US buyers to attend the meetings with Indian delegation.
  • The 9 member team participated in The Trade Show in Orlando. Again the team distributed the Jute Bags to the delegates.
  • Prior to the Trade Show, the delegation from India organized a two day road show in Southern California . These events were supported by India Tourism Los Angeles. India Tourism LA organized two presentations followed by lavish dinners in San Diego and Orange County. Over 110 agents participated in these two events. ASTA India had hired a professional agency to invite the agents to meet ASTA India members.
  • ASTA India also launched a new audio-visual on India. This 9 minute piece was specially produced by ASTA India for distribution by its members at the Trade and Road show in the USA.
  • ASTA India Chapter organized a series of seminars in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kochi on the Inclusive Tourism in association with SATH (Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality) to explore the possibilities of introducing this sector in India to the members. The seminars were attended by a large number of members as well as non-members in both the cities. The initiative was very well appreciated by the travel industry. Even the Ministry of Tourism took note of this initiative and recognized e potential of this untapped segment. MOT is working on the guidelines to make mandatory rules for the state tourism bodies and hotels etc to have infrastructure for people with disability. The event was supported by the MOT-Delhi and India Tourism Office- New York.

2009

  • The 11 member team participated in The Trade Show in Las Vegas.

2010

  • The 9 member team participated in The Trade Show in Orlando.
  • ASTA India organized two seminars in Delhi and Jaipur on “ Social   Media   Networking and its benefits to increase business” in July 2010 for ASTA India members. An international professional speaker- Mr. Patrick Schwerdtfeger was specially flown from the US to conduct these seminars.

2011

  • The 8 member team participated in The Trade Show in Las Vegas.
  • ASTA India Chapter got the CD's developed and Jute bags for distribution at the Trade Show.
  • A special interactive session was arranged at the Trade Show where the office bearers of ASTA India Chapter and Mrs. Sujata Thakur- Director India Tourism jointly made a presentation on “How to sell India”. The session was attended by a good number of delegates.
  • Door prizes were also announced and the winners were given certificates to avail the same in 2012.

2012

The ASTA team aims to continue arranging the educational workshops in the coming months.

  • The first workshop in the educational series was held on 3 rd February at the IIC. ASTA invited the motivational speaker from “ThinkInc” to address the ASTA member and their staff on “How to be a star performer – Unleash the star within”. The team is planning to organize the second seminar in the coming month, the topic is “From being good to Great”.
  • The 10 members' team participated in The Trade Show held in Las Vegas and a Road Show which was held immediately after the Trade Show in collaboration with IATO and Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. The Road Show was held in different cities of US and Canada.
  • ASTA India Chapter got the CD's developed and printed brochure for the distribution at the Trade Show.
  • A special interactive session was arranged at the Trade Show where the office bearers of ASTA India Chapter made a presentation. The session was attended by a good number of delegates.
  • Door prizes were also announced at each venue.

2013

  • A lunch get together for ASTA India Chapter member held on 12th January at hotel Nidra.

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