“I feel it is time we stand up to the outrageous behaviour of Embassies and the High Commissions. Are we beggars? Are the corporates who spend millions of dollars in their countries fools to be launching conferences meetings and incentives in their countries? Today, India is the fastest growing economy and everyone wants pie of our business….” Mr. Kundu had written it on his social media platforms while addressing the Association heads.
Without wasting time and acting promptly to the situation, Mrs. Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI stepped in to resolve the matter. The team of VFS Global played an extremely proactive role in solving the issue.
“We work selflessly for the industry. Yesterday, throughout the morning, I was at the IATA /APJC meeting (working for the ease of business for the industry). As soon as the issue was raised, I immediately spoke to the Head of South African Tourism Neliswa Nkani who immediately spoke to the High Commissioner & Deputy High Commissioner and committed to giving all passports by end of the day. Also, to give credit where its due I spoke to Henry & Prabuddha in VFS who were aware of the issue and went an extra mile to follow & see that the passports were delivered. It is my constant endeavour at TAAI to help sort out issues for the entire industry not limiting to only our members.. to the best of our ability. I would like to thank that South African Tourism Board.. High Commission.. VFS, who stood with the industry. Collaboration & Cooperation is the need of the hour. To deliver in one voice, we need to work with each stakeholder to pave the path for communication & growth,” she said, adding, “Members should play a responsible and fruitful role in the associations which should go beyond criticism. Appreciation should be put as vocally as criticism for all stakeholders who support the cause.”