Minister Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel admitted that no formal study has been instituted for assessment of the impact on the Tourism sector, tax revenue loss and job losses, though the sector is severely impacted due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mr.Patel in a written reply in Lok Sabha said however, several rounds of discussions and brainstorming sessions with industry stakeholders indicate massive loss of revenue, foreign exchange and jobs.
In view of the highly unorganized nature of the sector, the impact in numerical terms can only be ascertained in due course, said Minister.
Union Government announced the stimulus packages for revival of the Tourism Sector.
Further steps which have been taken to overcome the crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic in the Tourism Sector .
All the prominent stakeholders have given representations regarding extension of moratorium and other provisions including information about the amount of loan disbursed to Tourism sector under Atmanirbhar Bharat Package which are being taken up with the concerned Ministries, Departments of Government of India and the States, and Union Territories on a regular basis.
The following steps have been taken to overcome the crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic in the tourism sector:
Detailed operational guidelines for Covid safety and hygiene for hotels, restaurants, Bed and Breakfast, Home Stays and Tourism Service Providers have been formulated and issued on 08 June 2020 to facilitate smooth resumption of business.
Validity of approval or certifications of hotels and other accommodation units whose project approval and re-approval and classification/re-classification have expired / were likely to expire, has been extended up to 30 September, 2020.
The Ministry has developed an initiative called SAATHI (System for Assessment, Awareness & Training for Hospitality Industry), for effective implementation of Guidelines, SOPs issued with reference to COVID 19 and beyond for safe operations of Hotels, Restaurants, B&Bs and other units.
Operational Recommendations for safe resumption of business with easing of lockdown restrictions have been issued for various segments of the travel and hospitality industry and circulated amongst all stakeholders.
Recognition of Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Tourist Transport Operators by the Ministry of Tourism has been extended automatically by six months. Those who have submitted applications for recognition by the Ministry have been given provisional recognition for six months, pending completion of required procedures.
In addition to the above steps taken by Ministry of Tourism, other agencies, Ministries of Government of India have declared stimulus packages like loan moratorium, waived off PF contribution, deferment of TCS up to October 2020, collateral free automatic loan under Atmanirbhar Bharat package etc. to revive the economy and industry including units of the hospitality industry.