The Global Tourism Council Trust (GTCT) is a coming together of the best professionals from across India and the world as knowledge partners with a commitment to advancement of the global trade & tourism industry. This unique council was launched on Friday, 9th December 2016 at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai with a mission to enroll and connect with a minimum of 1000 Industry Players of the Global Trade & Tourism Industry by the Year 2020.
After two years of relentless forethought on its work and values, the Global Tourism Council Trust (GTCT) was finally launched and come into force effective 9th December; 2016.The GTCT logo was also unveiled on the same day.
The event was well attended by many stalwarts in the travel fraternity along with dignitaries from different foreign consuls in India. There were also many professional from the film industry present with whom GTCT will initiate a number of tie ups of which some were disclosed at the event like the Global Film Festival scheduled in 2017.
The Board of trustees of GTCT has appointed the governing council members namely Iqbal Mulla as the Chief Council, Rajiv Duggal as the Deputy Chief Council along with Manoj Gursahani & Sheldon Santwan as Governing Council Members.
Feeling a gap and need for such a council and expressing his views on this initiative, Rajiv Duggal said, “We are elated at the launch of the Global Tourism Council, bringing together distinguished members with years of experience to play the role of advisors to the travel & Tourism professionals. With GTCT, we will partner with trade & Tourism professionals and also help felicitate partnerships with industry bodies. With the global Tourism Council, we will finally be able to guide the industry in the right direction.”
The core team of Global Tourism Council Advisors, Business Entrepreneurs &Tourism leaders represent the best of the breed from across all the sectors of the industry. GTCT’s key focus is on increasing tourism, Destination Promotions, Education, Real Estate & Tourism Investment between India and abroad. Salwa Abdel Aziz – Chairman Salwa Group of Companies Egypt & Chairman, Egypt India Business Council appreciated the launch of council and was keen to associate with the council for investments.
Talking about the initiatives of the Council, Iqbal Mulla, said, “The Council will address the problems and focus on all segments of the travel & Tourism industry like aviation, road transport, bilateral Tourism, inbound travel, etc. Moreover, we have people in the council who know the industry in-total.”
GTCT has the vision to be one of the world’s biggest nongovernmental organisation that brings the best of professionals from India and across the world to realise a common goal of advancement of the global trade & tourism industry by incorporating core values in Ethical Practices, Knowledge & Human Capital, Leadership & Social Responsibility.
It has to be understood that the GTCT will not be an organisation inviting trade professional for membership but the council and its governing members will predominantly engage in the below elaborated activities for a certain fees by partnering growth, understanding emerging travel markets, forums, conclaves, audits and shows.
*Investment Consultations and advisory.
*Mergers & Acquisitions.
*Real Estate solutions.
*White papers on tourism, syndicated research, knowledge banks, special reports and feasibility studies.
*Promotion of destinations, trade and commerce and Film Tourism.
*Tourism Consulting in terms of Offering branding marketing and communication consultation to players in the trade & tourism industry.
*Recognizing Industry contributions and Trade & Tourism Evangelists through Awards Shows, Specialty Events, Publications and Exhibitions.
The advisory council has a great star cast from travel and hospitality sector like Vivek Kumar – CEO, Hotel Sahara Star & Aamby Valley City ,Akhil Shahani – Education Entrepreneur, MD, Shahani Group, Ankush Nijhawan Group, Co-Founder & CEO – TBO, Nathan Andrews – Director Projects, EXPAT Group, Former President & CEO, Lavasa Corporation Ltd, Sujit Nair – Founder & Group Managing Director, Akquasun Holidays Pvt.Ltd, Subhash Goyal – Founder, STIC Travel Group & former President, IATO, Sunil Kallyat – Regional Manager, W.I. – Emirates , Salwa Abdel Aziz – Chairman Salwa Group of Companies Egypt & Chairman, Egypt India Business Council including Bhaskar Das – Group CEO at Zee Group and Neha Dhupia, the Bollywood Actress.