Govt mulls tax on flights out of the country

Flying out of the country could get more expensive. The government is mulling introducing a tax on travelers in a retaliatory measure against countries that have levied a similar tax on long haul flights. About 1.5 crore Indians travel overseas every year and India along with China is one of the fastest growing source markets for tourism. While this will mean bigger bucks for the government, the move could leave Indian travelers with a bitter taste. 

“There have been discussions in the government on introducing a tax on long haul flights. Initially, we propose to introduce it on those countries that make it prohibitively expensive for their citizens to travel to India. We are losing out on tourism because of that,” a senior tourism official said. 

Full report here Times of India


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