Repeal Passenger Service Fee decision, urges AATO

Port Blair
2 Aug 2017

The Andaman Association of Tour Operators has demanded review and cancellation of the decision for collection of Passenger Service Fee from tourists. In a letter to the Lt. Governor, Mr M Vinod, president, AATO said that the sudden introduction of Passenger Service Fee from all tourists with effect from 1st August 2017 by the Port Management Board is likely burden the pockets of visitors who book package tours after paying heavy amount.
“The charge of Rs.50 per port per passenger adds an additional charge Rs.100 to Rs.150 for every tourist visiting other islands. This charge by PMB is not required as the agency already charges wharfage fee, Passenger Hall and all necessary charges from all boat operators.  On one hand, the Administration is keen to help the visiting tourists by waiving off entrance fees at North Bay, berthing charges of boats at Ross Island by Navy and also considering the exemption of entry fee at Ross Island, while on the other hand orders like collection of passenger service fee discourages the tourism Industry,” said Mr Vinod.
“It takes lot of efforts to bring tourist to these islands amidst high air fare and competition with international market. And when the guests finally reach here, they have to suffer due to sudden increase of fares in private boats, shortage of government boats and such sudden introduction of charges by a government agency is not good for the tourism industry,” said Mr Vinod urging the Lt. Governor to revoke the decision in the interest of visitors.