Bring eVoA in UP to boost in­bound

Su­nil B Satyawakta, Chair­man, TAAI-Ut­tar Pradesh & Uttarakhan­d Chap­ter, talks to about ini­tia­tives of the newly-launched chap­ter in Ut­tar Pradesh and how tourism can grow leaps and bounds in the state if eVoA fa­cil­ity is ex­tended to the air­ports in UP.

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De­spite the pres­ence of three in­ter­na­tional gate­way air­ports like Luc­know, Varanasi and Agra, Ut­tar Pradesh is yet to see the light of eVoA, Su­nil B.

Satyawakta, Chair­man, TAAIUt­tar Pradesh & Uttarakhan­d Chap­ter said. Ac­cord­ing to Satyawakta, eVoA fa­cil­ity should be ex­tended to air­ports in the state. “The fa­cil­ity as of now is avail­able only to the pas­sen­gers of di­verted flights. Regular eVoA to all pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing into the coun­try through th­ese air­ports is the ur­gent need of the hour. This will go a long way in boost­ing in­bound tourism in the state,” he said. The eVoA fa­cil­ity is cur­rently avail­able at nine air­ports in In­dia in Delhi, Mumbai, Chen­nai, Kolkata, Hy­der­abad, Ben­galuru, Thiru­vanatha­pu­ram, Kochi and Goa.

Talk­ing about TAAI chap­ter’s ini­tia­tives in Ut­tar Pradesh, he added, “The chap­ter was un­veiled only in Septem­ber 2014. We are aim- ing to act as a bridge be­tween the travel trade and the gov­ern­ment and in­crease the membership from the in­her­ited num­ber of 69 mem­bers. In Septem­ber only last year, we took the ini­tia­tive of ap­proach­ing the Air­port Eco­nomic Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity with 19 points to im­prove the poor con­di­tions at the In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal build­ing at Luc­know be­fore ap­ply­ing for User Devel­op­ment Fee (UDF) from Oc­to­ber 1.”

Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary end, TAAI- Ut­tar Pradesh & Uttarakhan­d Chap­ter will be hold­ing a work­shop on Ser­vice Tax for travel agents and tour op­er­a­tors at Luc­know. This will be con­ducted by Man­ish Ga­dia, Char­tered Ac­coun­tant from Mumbai along with Har­man­deep Singh Anand, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, TAAI. They have al­ready con­ducted about 10 such work­shops in var­i­ous cities. This shall be the first- of- its- kind in Ut­tar Pradesh, he pointed out.

Re­gard­ing the in­ter-state air ser­vice pol­icy in the state, he pointed out, “The gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing var­i­ous con­ces­sions to air ser­vice providers by way of un­der­writ­ing seats, re­bate on VAT to non sched­uled air­lines, free land­ing and park­ing fa­cil­ity for ini­tial three years on the air strips un­der the con­trol of the state gov­ern­ment. This shows the gov­ern­ment’s en­thu­si­asm in pro­mot­ing tourism in the state. This will en­able tourists to eas­ily com­mute to the var­i­ous places in the dif­fer­ent parts of the state.” Tak­ing into ac­count the vast size of the state, this type of ser­vice will not only en­cour­age busi­ness and econ­omy but the trans­porta­tion will also be much eas­ier to dis­tant places in UP. The ser­vice will es­pe­cially ben­e­fit the tourists vis­it­ing the Bud­dhist Cir­cuit here. Apart from this, cities like Jhansi, Agra, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kan­pur, Bareilly, Meerut, Al­la­habad, Luc­know etc. will be in­ter-con­nected as well as would be con­nected with other tourist spots, he added.

Regular eVoA to all pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing into the coun­try through th­ese air­ports is the ur­gent need of the hour. This will go a long way in boost­ing in­bound tourism in the state

Su­nil B. Satyawakta Chair­man, TAAI-Ut­tar Pradesh &

Uttarakhan­d Chap­ter

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