Rajasthan is a beautiful state with regal heritage and splendid architecture and Rajasthan’s tourism is built on the pillar of its enchanting heritage and the hotels in the category are windows into the royal and colorful past.
The recent budget announcement by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to reduce taxes on heritage hotels brought a good wave of happiness in Rajasthan Heritage Hotel circuit that has been traditionally the backbone of the state’s economy. In the budget announced on Monday, Raje reduced VAT for basic category of heritage properties from 14% to 5%. This segment of properties constitutes majority of heritage properties, although there are many hotels in ‘Classic’ and ‘Grand’ categories.
In order to encourage rural tourism, she has exempted all guest houses with up to five rooms from luxury tax. Rural Rajasthan is dotted with small, old havelis. The thrust on rural tourism will also create new opportunities for people like folk artistes, camel and horse owners as rural areas of Rajasthan offer fabulous places and experiences for the tourists to enjoy on their Rajasthan Tour.
Raje also reduced luxury tax on these heritage properties during off-season from 5% to 4% keeping in view of the harsh summer when tourists flow into the state comes down dramatically.
We hail the measures as all these tax relief extended in the budget will bring some relief to the heritage properties to offer you much extended facilities at appreciative tariffs in Rajasthan.