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Himachal Pradesh tourism survives GST impact, tourists throng state despite costlier hotels

Kolkata: Himachal Pradesh tourism will focus on adventure tourism and aim at eight to ten percent growth in tourist inflow this fiscal, an official said on Saturday.

"This year we are aiming at eight to ten percent growth in tourist inflows as demonitisation and GST are not impacting us much," Himachal Pradesh tourism commissioner Dinesh Malhotra told PTI.

"As the majority of Himachal hotels are in mid-budget category with hotel rate upto Rs 2500 attracting GST at only 12 percent, we are at a comfortable zone," he said.

While Himachal attracted 1.72 crores of tourists including five lakhs foreigners, West Bengal accounted for 40 lakhs of tourists in the state last year, he said.

Acknowledging shortcomings in infrastructure, he said the government was strengthening road infrastructure with four laning of the state highways and other basic amenities for the tourists.

Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 16:09 PM | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 16:09 PM

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