Visit USA – East India Chapter was launched on May 5, 2017 at JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata during the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce event on Tourism. The chapter was launched jointly by Mr. Jonathan T. Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S Commercial Service in Kolkata and Mr. Shekhar Niyogi, Chairman of the East India Chapter. The launch of the chapter was received with unanimous enthusiasm and support by the travel trade in Kolkata. Soon after, Mr. Shekhar Niyogi moderated a panel discussion with three travel trade experts for a 30 minute discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of Indian outbound travel to the USA and how to bridge the gap. The session was followed by a briefing on the U.S visa by the Consular Section Chief in the U.S Consulate Kolkata, Ms. Shelly Dittmar.