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Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017
On this Thursday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Legislative Assembly that hereon no tourism activities will be allowed within the State without the permission of the Tourism Department and GTDC.
Side by side, Parrikar also mentioned that even the private cruise boats will now fall under the Goa Goods and Service Tax or GST.
Actually Nilesh Cabral highlighted the fact that many tourism associated activities within the State are happening without the approval of Tourism Department and GTDC which in return are making the state to lose out on revenue like the entertainment tax. Parrikar replied to this question by mentioning the new policy. He insisted that government should implement some stringent ways to curb illegal tourism activities.
He also mentioned that directives have been issued to CoP that from now on GTDC approval on all renewal licenses of the cruise is a must. “Unless Tourism Department and GTDC approve proposals for tourism activities by other departments, no such activities will be permitted,” he said.
The Chief Minister additionally said that with the launch of GST, the Luxury and Entertainment Tax have been eliminated. Therefore, the cruise boats will now on be brought under purview of GST.
“The owners claim that they don’t fall under GST but as per my information, on an average per day revenue is Rs 5,000. If that is the case then they come under GST,” he stated.
From 2012 till today, almost Rs 8.64 crores of entertainment tax have been collected from cruise vessels, according to government record.