Plea to roll back 18% GST on hotels

Plea to roll back 18% GST on hotels
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Andhra Pradesh Hotels Association district president Mohan Gupta lamented that several hotels and restaurants may face closure with the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Chittoor: Andhra Pradesh Hotels Association district president Mohan Gupta lamented that several hotels and restaurants may face closure with the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Speaking to The Hans India, Mohan Gupta stated that the central government had decided to impose 18 per cent GST on hotels and restaurants without studying the facts. The GST implementation will have adverse impact on the hotels and restaurants, he added. He recalled that businesses ran into losses due to the impact of demonetisation.

It has become a daunting task for owners of hotels and restaurants to satisfy the customers as the wages of workers have doubled and harassment from officials concerned is still continuing. He admitted that there was an unhealthy competition prevailing among the hotels resulting mixed response from the customers over imposing 18 per cent GST.

In the recent times, Mohan Gupta said that the hotel managements are getting threats from various sections to implement the rules and regulations of the Food Security Act. The Andhra Pradesh Hotels Association had already submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and other concerned officials to reconsider the decision of implementing 18 per cent GST on hotels and restaurants, he added.

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