The travel and tourism enterprise expects a discount on the tax burden, improvement of infrastructure, and higher connectivity from the approaching Budget 2019. It will assist double each the worldwide and home traveler traffic. Travel agency Cox &Kings Group CEO Peter Kerkar urged the authorities to hurry up tourism projects in locations with the ability to absorb travelers in huge numbers. “Last-mile connectivity from major metros to tourism locations will act as a catalyst to double our tourism numbers and make contributions to usual development,” he added.
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) president and Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations Of India (FHRAI) vice-chairman Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said the government needs to grant tender loans motels with a minimum mission price of Rs 25 crore towards the present Rs 250 crore. Another place that the government should be cognizant of is to grow the air seat ability as this is one huge challenge that the tourism sector is going through when it comes to attracting extra overseas traffic, he said. On the domestic front, the UDAN scheme has to be extended to more airports and help the private sector in making it possible, he delivered.
“We also request the government to remember, such as options in GST for restaurants. This could include offering a composite GST with flat five in step with cent fee under which eating places will now not avail Input Tax Credit (ITC) and the opposite choice being 12 in keeping with cent charge with ITC. The desire of opting into both of the alternatives have to be with the status quo,” he introduced. Further, he stated, GST on property hire needs to be abolished as this makes it unviable for establishments to sustain the excessive charges.
He stated that resorts are presently required to levy either zero or 12 or 18 or 28 in keeping with cent GST rates primarily based on the declared room price lists. “We endorse that the rate categorization is on the premise of the transaction price as a substitute and also that a uniform price of 12 consistent with cent be levied,” Kohli delivered. FCM Travel Solutions, Indian Subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group, Managing Director Rakshit Desai stated the Union Budget 2019-20 is predicted to be promising for the travel industry, complemented with the aid of a similar tax rebate for the center-income group.
“A evaluation of GST is wanted as the tax on lodges varies in keeping with room price lists (18 according to cent to twenty-eight percent). Tax on premium hotels in India is among the maximum in the world, more than resorts in New York, London, or Paris,” he delivered. Ixigo CEO and co-founder Aloke Bajpai said that around 70% of our visitors are being pushed by way of tier II and III cities, reflecting the surge in demand from smaller towns for the home tour.
EaseMyTrip co-founder and CEO Nishant Pitti said India’s journey and tourism industry accounts for greater than nine in keeping with cent of the GDP and creates splendid possibilities for employment and overseas change. “I trust that the government will, without a doubt, awareness of this region in the Union Budget of 2019. There needs to be fund allotment for the infrastructural tendencies, be it the airports and railway stations, tourist places, or different facilities. There ought to additionally be a continuation of tax immunity for begin-and small companies, he brought. There should be no delay in refund of GST for the reason that postponement inside the refund blocks the working capital and creates pressure for the enterprise,” he said.