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South Gujarat Hotels and Restaurant Association requests

Gujarat govt to relax prohibition laws in Tourism Policy


http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?aid=7825&sid=7

05 April 2010

HBI Staff, Mumbai:

South Gujarat Hotels and Restaurant Association has requested the Gujarat government to relax prohibition laws in the new Tourism Policy in order to develop tourism industry in the state. This view was expressed by the Association as the state government had called for suggestions from across Gujarat before announcing its new Tourism Policy. According to a report in The Times of India, in its official letter to the state government the Association has pointed out that Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) Tourism has not developed in the state because of the existing prohibition laws.

The Association has also suggested opening of 25 liquor shops in bigger cities and ten in smaller cities of the state. It also stated that every citizen, who is above 35 years and has a PAN card, should be given a liquor permit. This will boost domestic tourism and will give an option to tourists from other states to spend their vacations in Gujarat.

Sanat Reliya, Vice-President, South Gujarat Hotels and Restaurant Association said, “We lose business worth crores every year to Daman and Silvassa due to unavailability of liquor legally in Surat. The only way to stop this is to relax the norms and make liquor available to them here too. We feel that every two, three, four and five-star and heritage hotels should have a wine shop and its specified authorities should be authorised to issue temporary permits to the tourists who come from other states and countries.”

The association wants four per cent taxation to continue even after goods and service tax (GST) comes into force, which is proposed between 12 and 16 per cent. It has asked for subsidy on premiums levied on the projects coming up on newly-purchased land. Reliya said, “If the industry is given this facility, then amusement parks, water parks, games park or a theme restaurant could become viable. The big hotels, malls and multiplex projects could be kept out of this.”