At the first virtual meeting of national tourism secretaries, FAITH urges immediate national coordination between states, as it is the most critical for the revival of tourism

FAITH associations stressed to Secretaries of State for Tourism the importance of tourism to India’s GDP, currency generation, national job creation, India’s soft power creation on a global scale and the creation of infrastructure for India.

FAITH the political federation of all national associations representing the entire tourism, travel and hospitality industry of India (ADTOI, ATOAI, FHRAI, HAI, IATO, ICPB, IHHA, ITTA, TAAI, TAFI) under the leadership of MOT, GOI held a virtual meeting with tourism secretaries from all states and UTs.

In recent years, this is the third time that FAITH associations have had joint meetings with all State Secretaries for Tourism, the previous two years also being with all National Tourism Ministers.

FAITH associations stressed to Secretaries of State for Tourism the importance of tourism to India’s GDP, currency generation, national job creation, India’s soft power creation on a global scale and the creation of infrastructure for India. The indirect multiplier impact of tourism on the economic growth of states is the most critical and must be exploited.

The FAITH associations have highlighted a two-pronged strategic approach for the revival of Indian tourism after the pandemic. At the state level, FAITH associations have asked the Secretaries of State for Tourism for coordinated support for waiver of legal obligations, electricity, utilities, parking, inter-state tax rates, waiver of SGST and the status of the industry.

Nakul Anand, President, FAITH, noted, “Today’s very first virtual meeting of national tourism secretaries with FAITH associations under the leadership of MOT is unprecedented and essential. We are indeed grateful to the Tourism Secretariat and their management team at ADG & JS for facilitating the same. It is indeed encouraging that all the Secretaries of State are committed to the suggestions of the FOI associations, some having already implemented the statute of industry, the exemption of property taxes, excise duties and the declaration of tourism as frontline staff for immunization. All the presidents of the FAITH Association are optimistically awaiting a great result for the revival of the travel trade. Indeed, a revolutionary step today towards the renaissance of Indian tourism, travel and hospitality.

In addition, they called for standardized harmonized travel protocols, non-quarantine travel among the vaccinated, open spaces for catering, regional marketing campaigns and a business-related stimulus and classification of tourism as front-line personnel. line for vaccination in the states.

FAITH associations urged states to coordinate with MOT to ask GST council to impose 12% GST for hotels, IGST for hotels, 1.8% GST rate for tour operators , a 12% rate for f & b with full offsets, travel agent reseller model option, offsets available on fuel, alcohol, interstate taxes, aviation fuel, among other GST reforms .

In addition, the FAITH associations urged States to continue with the MOT, the GOI for the opening of inbound trips and the issuance of electronic tourist visas for vaccinated travelers, the abolition of the TCS, campaigns to boost demand. tourism, expedited travel trade registration, infrastructure status and a special tax boost for mice. and national and release of SEIS.

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