Tourism contributes to more than 15 percent of jobs in India, as per 2022 figures by the Ministry of Tourism. The recent Union Budget was a mixed bag for this industry. The good news came from announcements to give a boost to domestic tourism. But for those who cater to international travel, the budget was disappointing. There is an increase in tax collected at source (TCS) from 5 percent to 20 percent. Domestic travellers who want to travel abroad will have to pay 15 percent more for TCS as compared to earlier- substantially increasing the costs.
Independent journalist Aruna Chandaraju spoke to two senior persons from the travel industry from Hyderabad-Valmiki Hari Kishan and Siraj Ansari- who spoke about the consequences of this tax increase on the people from travel industry as well as potential international travellers from India
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INDIA TOURISM STATISTICS 2022