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IATO delegation meets minister G. Kishan Reddy to discuss revival of inbound tourism

Posted : 21 May 2022 04:50:34 | By TWO Bureau | GNN Bureau

IATO delegation meets minister G. Kishan Reddy to discuss revival of inbound tourism

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) President Rajiv Mehra and Vice President Ravi Gosain met Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy in the presence of Rupinder Brar, Additional DG (Tourism), and raised concerns about the revival of inbound tourism in India. 

The issues brought up included participation in major international travel marts/fairs, roadshows, fam trips for foreign tour operators, and overseas marketing and promotions through electronic and print media. The main demands were:

·  An official from the tourism ministry should be deputed in 20 missions where Tourism Officers have been appointed, and in those countries where India’s tourism offices have been closed. Senior officers to be appointed in seven Indian tourism offices which are operational. 

·  MDA scheme should be re-instated and made operational.

·         Guidelines regarding incentives to tour operators under Champion Services Sector Scheme for enhancing tourist arrivals to India be revised.

· For implementation of Draft National Tourism Policy in its true spirit, the ministry should constitute an inter-ministerial committee of all the related ministries headed by Secretary (Tourism).

·   Substantial funds should be allocated to Ministry of Tourism.

·  Airfares to be reduced by reducing taxes on ATF by the Centre and states.

·  Rationalisation of GST on tourism.

· Benefit of SEIS scheme should be continued for tour operators for next five years under new Foreign Trade Policy. The admissible rate of SEIS may be hiked from 5% to 10%. If the government decides to discontinue, any other alternative scheme should be introduced for giving incentives to tour operators in place of SEIS.  

·  Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme be implemented.

·  E-Tourist Visa for international travellers from countries such as UK, Canada, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain etc. may be restored.

· Validity of 5 lakh free tourist visas to be extended till March 2024.

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