GST: Shot in the arm of hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try

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Ac­cord­ing to Bjorn Noel DeN DeNiese, VPSales Sales an and Mar­ket­ing, ing, Mayfa May­fair Ho­tels and Re­sor Re­sorts, Sikkim showed a phe­nom­e­nal enal growth this sum­mer mer with a surge of more than 101 per cent of tourist ar­rivals;arr Odisha sha showed­showe en­cour­ag­ing ag­ing growth­grow in the leisure ma mar­ket with new ini­tia­tivesini­tiat by the state gov gov­ern­ment. “The big­gest prob­lem across the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try is GST. This has been­bee fur­ther com­pli­cated by un­clear con­cep­tions on the tax­a­tion to be ap­plied among amongst some of the big­ger OTAs, re­sult­ing in us re­fus­ing sev­eral book­ings.” For DeNie DeNiese, air and rail con­nec­tiv­ity; in­vest­ment through or­gan­ised and sus­tain­able tour tourism de­vel­op­ment and cross bor­der trade and tourism is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for tourism growth in the East. May­fair will soon be launch­ing its Hi­malayan Ho­tel at Kalimpong, a prop­erty in Silig­uri and an­other one in Raipur, he adds. In­dian do­mes­tic air traf­fic is ex­pected to cross 100 mil­lion pas­sen­gers by FY 2017 and is ex­pected to grow year-on-year and thus there is sim­i­lar growth in eastern In­dia as well, be­lieves De­b­jit Ghosh, Gen­eral Man­ager-Sales & Mar­ket­ing (East & North East), SpiceJet. Ghosh sug­gests in­tro­duc­tion of clear pol­icy on re­gional avi­a­tion to pro­mote faster growth in the East. Other sug­ges­tions in­clude changes in poli­cies to bring the gen­eral avi­a­tion in­dus­try on a par with sched­uled air­lines; pri­va­tise ex­ist­ing air­ports in Tier-II and III cities for rapid mod­erni­sa­tion, etc. “Sub­sidy on ATF should also be looked into by the gov­ern­ment, which is ap­prox­i­mately 60 per cent of the cost to an air­line com­pany. With these ex­pan­sion plans, the need to strengthen the hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment in­fra­struc­ture is im­me­di­ate. Re­lax­ation of reg­u­la­tions; re­vis­ing the se­cu­rity re­quire­ments; al­low­ing do­mes­tic code­shar­ing; bud­getary sup­port/vi­a­bil­ity gap fund­ing for air op­er­a­tions to op­er­a­tors for en­cour­ag­ing in­tra-re­gion con­nec­tiv­ity in East and North East; pro­vid­ing free or dis­counted util­i­ties need some at­ten­tion.”

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