Himachal Pradesh government would soon reduce the special road tax and other taxes levied on tourist buses, tempo travelers and commercial tourist vehicles.
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, after meeting a delegation of Shimla Hotel and Tourism Stakeholders’ Association at Shimla on Thursday said, “The state government is seriously considering to revise the notification regarding these taxes and a tourist helpline will also be linked with CM helpline number 1100.”
He said ,” The state government will frame a Home Stay policy soon and efforts are also being made to strengthen air and road connectivity by connecting all district head quarters through helicopter service, besides taking other steps to increase the footfall of the tourists to five crore per year.”
The CM urged people associated with the tourism industry to ensure their participation in making the state Green and Clean to attract more tourists and sell Himachal as a favoured destination.
He said, “A UV/ultra filtration technology will also be used in a phased manner to provide pure drinking water to tourists and the people of the state.”
Earlier the president of Shimla Hotel and Tourism Stakeholders Association, Mahinder Seth apprised the CM about the problems faced by them and put forth their demands.