Travel Trade Journal

Jyoti Mayal

President, TAAI

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Our trade has been ignored once again! our trade has suffered tremendous­ly due to the pandemic and it was expected that the government would at least work towards positive upliftment of the travel and tourism in India, which they always portray as a priority. In our representa­tions to the finance minister over the last two months, we had requested for GST input credits be made available across states for hotels and travel-tour operators. TCS has been a hindrance to the growth of outbound tourism making Indian tour operators less competitiv­e in the internatio­nal market due to the 5 per cent being levied on all package tour options over and above the GST, we were also expecting to least that travel and tourism be brought under the concurrent list for industry status.

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