BUDGET REACTION 2016-17
Jyoti Kapur, President, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI)
Union Budget 2016-17 is not tourism friendly and has failed to meet the expectations of the industry. Both domestic and inbound tourism have been ignored. The increase in service tax will be an additional burden making all services more expensive.The prominent Buddhist circuit was also over-looked.
The development of infrastructure and up-gradation of rural India will eventually boost rural tourism opportunities though. Connectivity could also see a boost with the proposed revamp of 160 airports. But the increase on the tax on air turbine fuel will again make price of flight tickets increase. Offering very minimal relief, the Union Budget has added to the taxation burden for the traveller in India.