Tourism is the set of activities of travelling from the usual place to another place for at least 24 hours. It plays the vital role in the economic growth of the country. Tourism contributes 6.8% in the GDP of the India. India has 30 world heritage sites for the tourism. As per the report of World Travel and tourism Council (WTTC) the GDP contribution increases from 9.5% to 10.3% (from 2013 to 2024).
The Government of India launched Swadesh Darshan Scheme to develop the theme based tourist, this scheme was introduced to develop world class infrastructure to promote cultural and heritage value of the country and enhance the attractiveness of tourists.
Ministry of Tourism launched Webinar series Dekho apna desh which offer tourism virtually. It gives the information about the destinations in country and about the heritage of country.
The Government of India launched Audio guide facility App “Audio Odigos”
Which provide the audio guide facility for the 12 sites in India.
Apni Dharohar Apni Pehchan:-
It was introduced by the government to provide enhanced experience in tourism to all the travellers.
Government introduced EPCG Scheme through which a service exporter can get the License to import capital goods at zero customs duty with the condition of fulfilment of export obligation, export obligation needs to fulfilled by doing export six times of the duty saved amount in the six years from the issuance date of license.
EPCG Scheme launched by the government to provide the license to issue duty free import of capital goods to obtain the export products.
Government Schemes for the tourism sector:-
Government introduced the SEIS Scheme (Service exports from India scheme) to facilitate the service exporters incentive on the net foreign exchange earned after exporting the services. Foreign visitors give the foreign currency to stay and travel in India, on the basis of foreign currency earned government provide the 5% – 7% on the net foreign exchange earned. SEIS Scrip obtained under SEIS Scheme can be used in waiver of customs duty.
The Applicant need to file application on the DGFT website with the help of DGFT digital signature certificate, SEPC RCMC, DGFT DSC,
Application need to attach the scanned copy of necessary documents which may include CA Certified bank statement, Invoice copy, FIRCs etc.
SEIS Scheme introduced for the exporters, Government also launched Advance Authorisation Scheme to import raw materials without paying the customs duty to manufacture the export goods. There are four methods to obtain the license under Advance Authorisation Scheme.