UFTAA to launch open university in Brussels

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Mumbai, Dec 18 (UNI) The United Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA) proposes to launch an open university in Brussels on ''tourism with a global perspective''.

Newly appointed UFTAA Chairman C V Prasad said that with an investment of 300,000 euros for the curriculum and support from the European Commission, a pilot correspondence course will be launched in India in coordination with institutes and universities within the country.

''With 400 million domestic and 4 million inbound tourists, it is a challenging time as India is expected to need 1 million new recruits in the tourism industry within the next five years,'' Mr Prasad said referring to the huge demand for workforce in the tourism sector.

Mr Prasad further said that UFTAA plans to develop certifications for destination promoters to protect tourists from unscrupulous operators, and the launch of an internet portal within 2-3 months to provide agents with information across the globe.

He revealed that UFTAA plans to file a writ against double taxation of 12.36 per cent imposed by the Government in air ticketing on both the air fare and the agent's commission.

UFTAA is also urging the Government to announce the Visa-on-Arrival' scheme for foreign tourists, he added.

UFTAA is an association of 181 global travel agents' associations with its headquarters in Monaco.

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