Rajasthan is experiencing a boom in tourism, not just in terms of the number of tourists, which has more than doubled since the pre-covid year peak in 2022. The number of new projects registered by the tourism department in 2019 has risen to 206. In reality, Rajasthan has become the first state in the nation to offer benefits associated with industry status to the hospitality industry.
All well-known hotels, both local and foreign, are now found in Rajasthan. High-end hotel brands like Raffles, Grand Hyatt, and W Hotels have arrived in Jaipur and are in various phases of construction.
The programme offers hotels and resorts a 30% tariff rebate on electricity, the second-largest running expense for a hotel after labour. The urban development tax is similarly reduced by 80% for tourism units.
"We are not just great tourist destination, but our policies are the best in the country, it's unique combination which cannot be found anywhere in the country. That is reflected in the investment activity. Even bigger cities do not have the brand of hotels Rajasthan has." - Ranvijay Singh, Joint secretary of Hotels and Restaurants Association of Rajasthan.
Source: Times Of India