New head for NATAS after Ohri’s surprise exit from agency business

Devinder Ohri has lost his presidency at the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) after his travel business ceased operations.

Steven Ler, the deputy president of NATAS, will assume the role of acting president until a new president is appointed or elected at the association’s next Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 2018, according to a NATAS statement.


The decision was made at an urgent NATAS executive committee meeting convened on June 19, after Ohri issued a statement early this week confirming that his company, GC Nanda & Sons, had “decided to cease and orderly wind-down (its) retail travel related operations”.

Ohri stated that his retail travel business closed with no client impact, as “corporate customers were informed in advance”, and the company had neither consumer deposits nor forward groups to pass on. GC Nanda & Sons will continue to be registered under ACRA and pursue other business opportunities.

He could not be reached for further comments at press time.

GC Nanda & Sons relinquished its Travel Agent License from the Singapore Tourism Board on May 30. According to NATAS, this meant the company’s NATAS membership was also ceased “in accordance with the criteria to qualify for ordinary membership as stated in the (association’s) constitution”.

NATAS stressed that it is business as usual at the association despite the recent changes in its leadership. The NATAS Travel Fair – Holidays 2017, set to take place from August 11 to 13, will proceed as planned.

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