Hoteliers seek help from central govt

Hoteliers in the country has urged government to help hospitality and tourism industry.

According to Hotels & Restaurants Association of Western India (HRAW), service tax is now applicable for fully or partially air-conditioned restaurants. It was first imposed on banquets, thereafter on air-conditioned restaurants serving liquor and now it is imposed on all restaurants with air-conditioning including partly air-conditioned establishments.

D S Advani, president, HRAWI said, “With international tourism increasing year-on-year and the continued strength of domestic tourism, India will witness incredible opportunities for growth. India attracted about 6 million tourists last year against 18 million who chose to travel to Singapore or 9 million who visited Dubai. The government should increase the number of countries whose citizens will get Indian Visa on arrival. This will help to attract more tourists to the country which, in turn, will add to the foreign exchange revenues. Also, government should make stronger efforts to achieve the target of doubling the number of in-bound tourists as per the 12th Five-Year Plan.”

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