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Mumbai (1st Sept, 2014): The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has appealed to the Union Ministry of Finance to lower taxation on tourism products and related services, which will result in increasing footfall in the country, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture, Government of India, said yesterday. "We have requested the Finance Ministry that the taxation on the tourism products and related services should be lowered so that we can attract more visitors to the country," he stated.
Naik said that the services like tourist taxis, hotel tariff should have lower taxes, which will make destinations cheaper compared to international rivals. "The tax rebate can be offered to hotels so that they will have low tariffs. We have also asked the Finance Ministry to consider cutting down visa fee. We have USD 100 as visa fee while Sri Lanka charges only USD 25. We need to bring the visa fee at par with other destinations," he said.
The Minister added that the Finance Ministry has agreed in-principle to look into the demand and lower visa charges.