India to promote tourism growth over 10% growth in six months ending september 2017.
Increased budgetary support for tourism sector and will boost the domestic tourism in india. Where the rising incomes are changing the consumption pattern of millions of Indians.
India is planning to cut taxes on travel and tourism in next month’s federal budget and give more incentives to the $210 billion sector, government sources said,
“hoping to boost economic growth and create more jobs”.
This would definitely boost the domestic tourism and will make India the world's second most populous nation.
“We’ll announce measures in the budget to promote investment in the tourism sector,” a top finance ministry official told Reuters, adding that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours lowering a 28% tax on hotel tariffs, and offering incentives to attract private investments.
CHEAPER FLIGHTS India needs about 200,000 new hotel rooms, Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons told parliament this week.
“We have reached a plateau point and need more resources to create new infrastructure and develop tourist packages,” Alphons later told Reuters, adding there was huge potential in developing areas that were not the usual tourist destinations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said “developing tourism, particularly in India’s remote north-eastern states, is one of his top priorities”
ONLINE PLAYERS Tour operator said that the online players will get the double digit hikes. A huge no of foreign visitors visited india last year. The domestic travellers also boot the online player growth.
“The government must lower the tax burden, ease rules and build infrastructure if it wants to ensure 15-20% annual growth in tourism in coming years,” said Sarkar of IATO.
Observing the tremendous tourism potential in Northeast the Union Ministry of tourism decided to promote Northeast as a single tourism destination targeting to double the tourist inflow within next three year.
"From 2013 to 2016, the tourism sector in North East grew by 5.2% During this period, 77 lakh domestic and 1.6 lakh foreign tourists visited the region. This growth is encouraging, but it is just the tip of the iceberg," According to Ms Verma, "If we do an aggressive marketing campaign and awareness it is not difficult to double the foreign and domestic tourist arrival in next few years."
Reportedly the ministry has selected to promote eight north-eastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura) as the region has a huge potential of cultural heritage, eco-tourism and adventurous tourism under the current slogan- Paradise Unexplored.
The tourism ministry informed that they are also working with border countries like Nepal so that tourist coming to Nepal can also come to India they said
"We are working out packages with BIMSTEC and ASEAN countries. Very soon we will have a tourism roadshow in Thailand. With this efforts, we expect the growth of tourism in Northeast India will commensurate with the growth of tourism in the country”
Thus, it's good news for the tourism industry, We can expect that this will create a lot of jobs and opportunities for locals as well as travel agencies.
AirAsia has announced the launch of a travel fair in Hyderabad organized along with Tourism Malaysia. This fair is aimed at promoting tourism between India and Malaysia and so it could help to contribute to the socio-economic development of both the countries. Various offers and deals have been announced at this fair, one of it is up to 20 percent off flight ticket. The offer is valid on bookings made between November 3 and November 5 for travel between November 6, 2017 and April 30, 2018. This discount is applicable on flights from following cities to Kuala Lumpur.