The global coronavirus outbreak has brought the travel and tourism industry, both outbound and inbound to a standstill. Most of the travel agents in the city and state had to cut down costs, terminate and reduce their staff and some companies have asked their staff to go on unpaid holiday for a few months. Small and mid-sized travel agents have already shut down their operations.
The tours and travel agents, in a letter, requested the government to extend some help for them to sustain. Stating that the tourism contributes 9.3% of the country’s GDP, the state and central government should help the travel agents which is in the need of the hour and offer special concessions like Income Tax rebate, Waiver of GST for a few months, Moratorium on loans for six months to one year, etc.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, K Vijay Mohan, President of Tours and Travels Association of Andhra (TTAA), said, “Kerala is the first state to show a systematic way out from the crisis that the tourism industry has been facing. We have also requested the government to take into consideration the difficulties being faced by the tourism sector. The AP government has responded to our letter and has asked us to submit formats including details.”
“We have also asked for a bailout for employees as their lives have been impacted the most. In line with Modi’s ideology, there is a need to create a stimulus in the tourism sector. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to visit at least 15 tourist destinations within India by 2022, saying there is a huge scope to improve India’s tourism sector,” added Vijay Mohan.
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