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IAAI applauds Kerala’s decision to form Welfare Board for tourism employees

The IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) National Committee & Kerala State Committee meetings have expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and Tourism Minister of Kerala for initiating to form Welfare Board for the employees working in tourism industry. The formation of a Welfare Board for travel and tourism industry employees was one of the essential demands submitted by IAAI.

A Welfare Board for the employees working in tourism industry is a unique decision in our country which will boost the restoration to travel and tourism. This initiative shows a new level of responsibility and leadership quality from the state government towards the industry, an unorganised sector and constitutes 10 per cent of Kerala’s GDP and contributes around 23.5 per cent to the total employment in the state, IAAI said in a statement.

Considering the relentless efforts to be undertaken for taking the country forward, IAAI offered its willingness to support and complement the revival of Kerala tourism. Since the catastrophic floods, Nipah virus, and the rampant spread of coronavirus shattered the tourism sector and left thousands of employees in peril, IAAI is proposing a facelift for the industry with a tagline – “Let’s Revive Kerala Tourism”. In addition, IAAI’s Tourism experts committee and IAAI’s new initiative Air Passengers Right Forum (APRF) jointly work on a proposal for submission to Kerala government, emphasising the requirement of a multi-transportation system in the state.

IAAI’s proposal encompasses an aerial connectivity project based on the UDAN regional connectivity scheme under the National Civil Aviation Policy of 2017, within the purview and framework of DGCA, conducive to Kerala’s local requirements and market conditions. And coordinated networking of regional airports and new airstrips to cater to smaller aircraft, seaplane, and helicopter services to provide last-minute connectivity for all tourist destinations in Kerala and extend to other south Indian states.

IAAI National President Biji Eapen chaired the meeting, and Directors Manu T. Nair and Aruna Shetty, Air Passenger Rights Forum Legal Advisor Adv. Ajith Marath, IAAI Kerala State President Ganesh Vaderi and Secretary Antu Chakkiyath also attended the meetings.

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