An­other damp­en­ing Bud­get for Tourism?

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Ser­vice Tax abate­ment from 4.5 to 9 per cent, fol­lowed by Union Bud­get 2017-18, which nei­ther fo­cused di­rectly on tourism, nor it saw any re­lief from tax­a­tion for tour op­er­a­tors, has dis­ap­pointed the in­dus­try once again. While the gov­ern­ment has taken up in­fra­struc­ture and em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion in a big way, these do not re­sult in any di­rect ben­e­fit to the stake­hold­ers of the in­dus­try, at least not in im­me­di­ate ef­fect. How­ever, the travel in­dus­try has not given up hope and while many are pin­ning their hopes on GST, there are others who are de­vis­ing mea­sures to deal with the sit­u­a­tion and save their busi­ness. On the other hand, all as­so­ci­a­tions are join­ing hands to ed­u­cate their mem­bers. MOT is re­port­edly also tak­ing up the is­sue with the Ministry of Fi­nance, and so­lu­tion might be in the off­ing. Mean­while, an­other ques­tion is raised — Would the GST de­liver the much-needed sup­port to the in­dus­try? Only time can tell.

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