Foreign tourists might soon start getting GST refund for local shopping, Seeing Komodo dragons now costs $250 and tourism workers are striking over it and more in top stories of the day.
Foreign tourists might soon start getting GST refund for local shopping
As per a latest development, the government will soon start a pilot project, under which goods and services tax (GST) paid by foreign tourists visiting India will be refunded, as part of a move to implement a measure that is there in the statute.
As regarding the GST, it’s the Integrated GST Act that was enacted five years ago, and provides for refund on goods, which are to be taken out of the county by a tourist, who is not a resident of India, and has been in the country for not more than 6 months for non-immigrant purposes. In several countries VAT or GST are refunded to the tourists for purchases made beyond a prescribed threshold. The department is working out a mechanism which will ensure refund of GST to foreign tourists and for that the field offices have to be sensitised
Seeing Komodo dragons now costs $250 and tourism workers are striking over it
Hundreds of Indonesian tourism workers were on strike on Tuesday over a hefty hike in ticket prices to see the country’s famous Komodo dragons, a move the government insists is to preserve the habitat of one of the world’s largest lizards. The fee to access two of the main islands of the Komodo national park shot up 18 times overnight to 3.75 million rupiah ($252) on August 1, a jump that local workers said would scare off tourists and see their incomes dry up.
Indonesia is home to about 3,300 rare Komodo dragons, which can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) in length and can kill large prey with a single venomous bite.
Ellora Caves to become first monument in India to get hydraulic lift
Ellora Caves, the UNESCO world heritage site in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, will become the first monument in the country to have a hydraulic lift, a senior official of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said on Sunday.
Situated around 30 km from Aurangabad city, Ellora is the one of the largest rock-cut temple complexes in the world, housing Hindu, Buddhist and Jain sculptures, and witnesses the highest tourist footfall in the region. Tourists will also be able to see Kailash Cave, a single monolithic structure surrounded by hills, from the top and a route for the same will be constructed on the upper hill.
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