Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) approaches Finance Minister for survival & revival of Tourism Industry of India
The current situation on tourism is equivalent to a national disaster and requires a response says Subhash Goyal Honorary General Secretary FAITH
The Voice of Chandigarh News|H. C. Gera | Special Correspondent
In the wake of pandemic COVID-19 Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has requested the Finance Minister of India for the support of the Indian Tourism Industry looking at Pan India bankruptcies, closure of business and mass unemployment as a result of this pandemic. It is estimated that around 70% out of a total estimated workforce of 5.5 crores (direct and indirect) could get unemployed.
The Voice of Chandigarh spoke to Mr. Subhash Goyal, Honorary General Secretary of FAITH to know more about his views regarding meeting with the Finance Minister of India. He said, “We have given the representation to the Finance Minister and the Tourism Minister and the similar letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.” Mr. Goyal further stated that the “travel industry is in a crisis. I have never seen such a big crisis for the last 40 years.” On the issue of TCS, Goyal shared that the Finance Minister has been asked to hold back the TCS issue. If not addressed immediately the impact of this pandemic will stretch over the years and revival of jobs will become almost impossible.
For this unprecedented crisis the whole industry is united that is why (Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality), CII Tourism National Committee and ASSOCHAM Tourism sub-committee have raised our concerns. “The Ministry of Finance will have to pay heed to our request. Bailout package has already been announced to the Travel Industry in many countries all over the world.” We too are hopeful about that. The representative of FAITH will meet again the Finance Minister of India after 10-15 days as part of follow up action. I am afraid to say that more people may die because of economic crisis rather due to COVID 2019 concluded Mr. Goyal.