Industry status

The status of the tourism industry will benefit several sectors in Rajasthan

Over 700 applications for the issuance of certificates of entitlement have been received to date

Over 700 applications for the issuance of certificates of entitlement have been received to date

Following the industry status granted to the tourism and hospitality sector in Rajasthan, more tourism sub-sectors are likely to benefit. The electricity tariff and other taxes levied on tourism operators have become at the same level as other industries, compared to the previous payment requirement, at much higher commercial rates.

The state government’s tourism department has received representations from half a dozen sub-sectors claiming that being an integral part of the tourism industry, they should be allowed to enjoy the new benefits. According to department sources, more than 700 applications for the issuance of certificates of eligibility have been received so far.

Financial burden

The benefit of the industry sector has already been extended to 24 categories of tourism units since the status was officially granted on May 28. Concessions as an industry will incur a financial burden of ₹700 crore per annum, on the national treasury.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had announced in his 2022-23 budget speech to the State Assembly in February this year, that the tourism and hospitality sector would be granted industry status. Tourism is also going to be projected as a push sector in the “Invest Rajasthan-2022” summit, which is to be held in Jaipur in October this year.

₹1,000 crore allowance

Industry Minister Shakuntala Rawat said here on Saturday that granting industry status to the tourism sector and allocating ₹1,000 crore for tourism development in the state budget 2022- 23 would make Rajasthan a forerunner in the sector, bringing in a significant amount of government revenue.

“The Directorate of Industries will work in tandem with the tourism sector. Rajasthan is taking steps to promote agro-tourism and rural tourism to attract domestic and foreign tourists,” Ms. Rawat said. The state government will provide more facilities under one roof to develop a better industrial atmosphere and create more employment opportunities for young people, she added.

“Rajasthan is taking steps to promote agro-tourism and rural tourism to attract domestic and foreign tourists”Shakuntala RawatMinister of Industry