Seek­ing nom­i­nal GST rates: IATO

Travel Talk - India - - AGENTS -

at­ten­tion from them. We hope for a bet­ter fu­ture for In­dian tourism and that we are able to bring in more tourists into the coun­try.

QWhat are some of the con­cerns voiced by your mem­bers?

The num­ber one con­cern is high taxes on tourism which has put us in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. We sup­port GST and will take the mat­ter with the Fi­nance Min­istry di­rectly. We re­quest that GST should be at a nom­i­nal level be­tween six to eight per cent. Only then shall we be able to com­pete and grow our busi­ness. We there­fore re­quest all or state gov­ern­ments to take up this is­sue with the GST Coun­cil. There are many other is­sues which we shall take up sep­a­rately.

QDoes IATO have any rec­om­men­da­tions for the Odisha Tourism Board?

Yes, there are some rec­om­men­da­tions for the Gov­ern­ment of Odisha and we will send them to Dr. Mona Sharma. Odisha has one of the best state tourism poli­cies and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for tourism in­fras­truc­ture should be pop­u­larised to at­tract more in­vestors and suit­able land should be cre­ated for this. The state needs a big­ger in­ter­na­tional air­port so that it can han­dle more pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity. We sug­gest a gov­ern­ment pol­icy to have a PPP model of in­vest­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional air­ports just as Kochi, Ben­galuru and Hy­der­abad have done. I want to also high­light the needs for air con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Odisha and Varanasi that will help the Bud­dhist Cir­cuit.

Also, there are many un­tapped tourist sites like Lake Chi­lika and ac­tiv­i­ties such as wa­ter sports, wildlife parks, fish­ing and bird-watch­ing, etc. that need de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion. Odisha also needs to pro­mote its var­i­ous fes­ti­vals, its her­itage mon­u­ments, its sports events, pil­grim­age, etc. For this, the state needs to con­duct Fam tours for the trade, at­tend trade ex­hi­bi­tions in In­dia and abroad and con­duct road­shows be­sides be­ing present on so­cial me­dia. It also needs to have clear guide­lines on tribal tourism which is its USP.

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