High air­fare damp­ens tourism to An­daman

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The An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands, though a part of the tourism map un­der East In­dia are com­pletely cut-off to ex­plore a dif­fer­ent side of In­dia, points out Prakash Ku­mar, Di­rec­tor, Moun­tain Edge Tours and Hol­i­days. “Though de­vel­op­ment of tourism has been good on the Is­lands in terms of ho­tels, cruises and trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, the re­gion suf­fers ma­jorly due to high air­fares. The gov­ern­ment has to look into the cost of fli flights to An­damans as the cur­rent tar­iffs are un­jus­ti­fied and dis­cour­age both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tio in­ter­na­tional tourist ar­rivals.” He fur­ther laments that un­der GST regime, the al­ready ex­pen­sive tourism prod prod­ucts have be­come even more costly. “There are no ad­van­tages to the Union Ter­ri­to­ries unde un­der GST as in ef­fect, taxes have only in­creased. The gov­ern­ment has to work

on con­trol­ling the prices of tourism prod­ucts in or­der to grow tourism to this des­ti­na­tion.”

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