State to demand reduction in GST on tourism
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State to demand reduction in GST on tourism

By Heraldgoa calender  07-Sep-2019

State to demand reduction in GST on tourism

  • Ahead of the upcoming Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council meeting in Goa, the State government has supported the tourism stakeholders’ demand to lower GST rates on tourism and hospitality industry. 
  • Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who was approached by the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) members with its demands on Friday, has assured to place the issue before the GST Council headed by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  
  • “After mining, we are totally dependent on Tourism. The charters are decreasing and rate of taxation is very high. It should be lowered to 12 per cent…. or I don’t know whether 18 per cent….
  • I cannot speak for GST Council but I will definitely fight for lower (GST) rate to make us competitive with the rest of the world and tourist destinations,” Minister Mauvin Godinho told reporters after the meeting of TTAG with CM at Secretariat on Friday. 
  • TTAG President Savio Messias, past President Francisco Braganca and other hoteliers submitted a joint representation to the CM and Godinho demanding reducing GST from 28 per cent to 12 per cent. 
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