Fulfilling the long-standing demand of the industry in a bid to provide relief to the stakeholders reeling under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rajasthan government has announced to provide industry status to the tourism and hospitality sector in the state. With this move, the industry stakeholders will be able to get tax benefits and other rebates, levies along with several grants and benefits from the government. Presenting the state’s budget for the financial year 2022-23, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announcing the move said his government is dedicatedly working to promote tourism in Rajasthan and efforts are being made to make tourism trade and business stronger and self-sufficient.
The Chief Minister further launched the Rajasthan Rural Tourism Scheme to promote tourism in rural areas. He increased the allocation for the tourism development fund from INR 500 crore to INR 1,000 crore and said that two tourist spots in each district will be identified for the development of adventure sports under the new adventure tourism promotion scheme. Gehlot also announced creating the ‘Vagad Tourist Circuit’ in the tribal-dominated districts Dungarpur and Banswara so that popular tourist destinations of the region can get prominence and subsequently better tourist infrastructure can be developed.
“We want that more and more tourists should come and visit Rajasthan. This will also lead to the generation of more employment opportunities. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, stakeholders of this industry had to face many difficulties with curtailed business and closures. Tourism is a very crucial sector on which many counties’ economy is directly dependent. Our government’s priority is to bring back tourism trade and business in the state back on track,” stated Gehlot talking about tourism.With a special focus on health, education, tourism, and social security and a separate budget on agriculture, in a first in Rajasthan, Gehlot also announced his plans to focus on enhancing connectivity and a 25 per cent hike in honorarium and other allowances for folk artists. He declared the expansion of the Jaipur Metro service at the cost of INR 1,185 crore along with proposing DRP for the second phase. Apart from this, he said that 500 Paryatan Mitra will be hired in the state to assist tourists.