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Government endeavours to provide adequate facilities to tourists visiting the State : Jai Ram Thakur

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Shimla , 28 Sep 2019

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that State Government was endeavouring to provide adequate facilities to the tourists visiting the State.Chief Minister was  addressing the members of Shimla Hoteliers Association organized on the occasion of World Tourism Day here last evening.The Chief Minister said that nature has  blessed Himachal Pradesh with natural beauty and different kinds of tourism potential which needed to be harnessed. He said that State Government was making all out  efforts to tap it and make the State as one of the favourite destination of the country.Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government had made a provision of Rs. 50  crore first time in the budget for promotion of the tourism activities in the State. He urged the private hoteliers to provide quality professional services to the tourists  visiting the State so that they could act as brand ambassadors to promote tourism industry in the State.He thanked the Union Government for reducing corporate tax  rates on hotels and outdoor catering. He said that the Union Government has decided to levy no GST on hotel rooms with the tariffs upto Rs. 1000 and had decided to  levy 12 percent GST on hotel rooms with tariffs ranging from 1001 to Rs. 7500. 

Similarly the Government had decided to reduce GST on hotel rooms with tariff of Rs. 7501 and above from existing 28 percent to 18 percent. He said that GST on  outdoor catering has been reduced from 18 percent to 5 percent. He said that this would give much needed boost to the tourism industry and facilitate the tourists.Jai  Ram Thakur said that the State Government had decided to organize global investors meet on 7th and 8th November, 2019 at Dharamshala to woo the entrepreneurs to  invest in the State. He said that it was a healthy sign to see that 195 MoUs worth Rs. 12368 crore have been signed in tourism sector alone till date which was second  highest after power sector. He said that once these investments come into reality it would not only transform the economy of the State but also provide ample  employment opportunities to thousands of the youth of the State besides self employment avenues.President Shimla Hoteliers Association Sanjay Sood while welcoming  the Chief Minister and other dignitaries thanked the Union Government for bringing down the GST on hotel tariffs.Noted Hotelier of Shimla Mukesh Malhotra proposed  vote of thanks.Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh, Principal Secretaries, J.C.  Sharma and Onkar Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretaries C. Paulrasu and Amitabh Awasthi, Director Tourism Yunus and other senior  officers were also present on the occasion.

 

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