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India Tourism Grateful For Authorities Aid From Extreme COVID-19 Disaster

Indian Tour Operators Association (IATO) thanked the Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Finance Minister for making the tourism industry easier, including 5 lakh free visas valid through March 31, 2022 when visas are open.

  1. IATO President Rajiv Mehra recognized the Hon. Minister of Tourism’s support at this critical time.
  2. Comments were also made by the Hon. Finance ministers at a press conference this afternoon, June 28, 2021.
  3. The assistance for the damaged tourism sector, which of course includes tour operators and registered tourist guides.

Mr. Mehra mentioned that he hopes the e-tourist visa will open soon and has contacted the Hon. Prime Minister that all visas for a period of 30 days for anyone applying for a visa by March 31st Should be free in 2023.

Mr Mehra also thanked the government for considering loans to tour operators and tour guides, but urged the government to provide one-time financial grants to all recognized tour operators, which could be 50 percent of the wages paid by tour operators in 2019 -20 and Rs. 2.5 lakh (US $ 298,163) for each travel guide approved by the Department of Tourism / State Government as a one-time grant.

Mr. Mehra hopes that with the release of the SEIS 2019-20 (Service Exports from India Scheme) for tour operators who earn foreign currency in the service sector whose percentage is at least 10 percent of the overseas share, they will exchange revenue so that they can assist the tour operators in converting to survive in this stressful situation and revitalize their business, and so that their members don’t end up like so many COVID-19 victims and instead bring some oxygen into their stores and not end up on ventilators.

The Indian travel and tourism industry continues to need government support to revitalize itself and stay strong in the future. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICC) I has recommended that India tourism be included on the concurrent list of the constitution so that both the center and states can shape tourism policies for the growth of tourism. In order to revive domestic tourism, the government should grant a tax rebate of up to 1.5 lakhs rupees on expenses for domestic holidays under the Leave Travel Allowance (LTA).

Today in India there were 30,279,331 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 396,730 deaths for the period January 3, 2020 to 4:47 p.m. CEST, June 28, 2021, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). By June 19, 2021, a total of 276,255,304 vaccine doses had been administered.

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