Published on : Saturday, June 19, 2021
State governments need to offer ‘proportionate relief’ on statutory obligations to the pandemic-hit tourism industry. FAITH, the policy federation of all national associations representing India’s tourism, travel and hospitality business said this to the chief ministers of all states in a letter.
FAITH highlighted the profound financial stress brought by the pandemic on the travel and hospitality sector during 2020-21. FAITH said that tourism businesses will still be affected due to travel restrictions, reduced international and domestic connectivity and indecision regarding travel. FAITH said that states should offer a 100% waiver, without penalties, to travel and hospitality businesses on all fixed electricity and utility charges, excise duties, property taxes, interstate tourist transport taxes, SGST waiver, and all local taxes.
FAITH also asked for an automatic renewal of all licenses, permits, permissions set to expire in FY 2021-22 without any financial charges or penalties and an industry status for tourism travel and hospitality.
Concerning special appeal for the unorganized workers associated with the tourism sector, FAITH has sought coverage of sustenance wages and medical condition as a grant with ‘direct transfer’.
FAITH has also urged creating a state level tourism task force along with representatives of all FAITH member associations.