AP Tourism – IAAI MoU

Featured, IAAI — By on January 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

MoU handing over ceremonyJanuary 12th 2016 will be a historic day for the annals of the IATA Agents Association of India heralding the beginning of a new Travel & Tourism Trade related activity for this “Association by the Agents for the Agents’.

On that day, IAAI signed an MoU with the Tourism Department of the Sunrise State – Andhra Pradesh to be a preferred partner in AP Tourism’s developmental activities.

At the 1st Sunrise AP Investment Meet by Government of Andhra Pradesh and CII held from 10 – 12 January 2016 at Visakhapatnam, IAAI President, Shri Biji Eapen, and the IAAI AP State Ad-hoc Committee Chairman, Shri. K. Madhava Reddy, formally received the MOU from the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The objective of the MOU is that both the parties work together for creating a networking platform for Tourism stakeholder’s engagement and for promoting various places in Andhra Pradesh as important and preferred tourist destinations. IAAI Members all over India will join together to showcase AP Tourism with full fervor.

The India Travel Industry appreciates the achievement of IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) on being made a part of AP Tourism Mission Governing Body under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, from the launch of AP “Tourism Mission” and the release of the “New Tourism Policy 2015-20” earlier on 14th September, 2015, at Vijayawada.

Andhra Pradesh is fast emerging as a tourism destination in India that has witnessed a 35% growth in domestic and 11% in foreign tourist arrivals. The state represents Indian culture and has beaches, hills, wildlife and the Eastern Ghats. AP also takes pride in its rich Buddhist History represented by the several ancient Buddhist monuments and in the temples led by the Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple in Tirupati that make it the highest visited state in India by pilgrims.

Participating in the tourism function organized at the AP Tourism / CII Partnership Summit, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, lauded the vast tourism potential of the Sunrise State – Andhra Pradesh. However, he cautioned investors by stating, “Exploit it, but do not destroy it. Have a sustainable movement for tourism”. He also spoke about the sad lack of modern airports in the country and stated that the soon-to-be-built airport at Bhogapuram in Vizag would be a modern one.

The Hon’ble Minister particularly extolled the action of the AP State Government in having reduced the VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to only 1% and urged the Chief Ministers of the different states to follow this example so that the Aviation & Travel Industry as well as the citizens of India would have a relief from the exorbitant air fares that are prevailing countrywide at present.

It is a matter of great pride to IAAI that their suggestion to reduce the VAT on ATF at the inaugural Meet of the Tourism Mission Governing Body on 14th September, 2015, at Vijayawada, had been considered favorably and implemented by the Hon’ble CM of Andhra Pradesh. This would also induce more airlines to make Hyderabad an online destination.

The AP Tourism Principal Secretary, Shri Neerabh Kumar Prasad, confirmed that Rs.5200 crores worth MOUs had been signed in the tourism sector and that the state’s tourism policy includes a single desk clearance system that will provide approvals in 21 days.

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