Tourism ministry demands finance ministry to cut taxes on its products

Written by PTI | Panaji | Updated: Sep 1 2014, 03:07am hrs
TourismUnion Tourism Ministry wants lower tax on tourism products to increasing footfalls in the country. (PTI)
Union Tourism Ministry has appealed to the Finance Ministry to lower taxation on tourism products and related services, which will result in increasing footfalls in the country, Union Tourism Minister said today.

"We have requested the Finance Ministry that the taxation on the tourism products and related services should be lowered so that we can attract more visitors to the country," Union Tourism Minister Shripad Naik told PTI.

He said that the services like tourist taxis, hotel tariff should have lower taxes, which will make destinations cheaper compared to international rivals.

"The tax rebate can be offered to hotels so that they will have low tariffs. We have also asked the ministry to consider cutting down the visa fees.

We have 100 US dollars as Visa fee while Sri Lanka charges only 25 US dollars. We need to bring visa fee at par with other world destinations,"Naik said.

He said that the Finance Ministry has in-principle agreed to look into the demand and lower the Visa charges.