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Tourism in dire straits due to Covid; needs urgent relief from govt: IATO

Industry body IATO on Monday urged the government to provide immediate relief to the tourism sector, which has been severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic

tourism sector | Coronavirus

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Story in numbers: Lockdown pushes tourism, hospitality to brink of collapse

Industry body IATOon Monday urged the government to provide immediate relief to the tourism sector, which has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the tour operators have been forced to lay off their staff, many have sent staff on furlough and those who are remaining are getting less than 30 per cent salary, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) said in a statement.

In light of this, IATO has sought various relief measures from the government. This includes one-time financial grant of the gross salaries amount paid to the staff of tour operators on the basis of the balance sheet of fiscal year 2018-19 which is submitted with the government authorities,IATO said.

The industry body has also requested, "the government to raiseduty drawback under the SEIS ( Service Export India Scheme ) from 7 per cent to 10 per cent.Such a measure would go a long way in alleviating the liquidity problem as the sector currently has zero billing and this would help tour operators to survive",it added.

It has also soughtamendment in rules regarding granting of loans to micro, small, and medium enterprises(MSMEs) as presently only those who have established relationships with banks are being offered loans, IATO said.

The tourism industry is in dire straits and needs urgent relief from the government...The measures we have sought do not involve huge outgo from the government but if these relief can be given now, these can go a long way in providing succor to the stressed sectorfailing which many tour operators would shut down," IATO PresidentPronab Sarkar said.

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First Published: Mon, September 07 2020. 15:15 IST