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Bengaluru: Tourism Society urges CM for relief package

Bengaluru: Karnataka Tourism Society ( KTS) on Saturday apprised Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of the onslaught of coronavirus on the tourism sector in the second wave and requested him to announce a relief package. “Travel, tourism and hospitality is the sector that has seen the worst impact of Covid-19 with a negative growth of 73 percent during the period April – December 2020 compared to the same period last year. Also, this is the sector that couldn’t enter into the recovery phase since the outbreak of COVID-19. As per a study report by McKinsey published in October 2020, recovery of the tourism sector to 2019 level may take place as late as 2024,” S. Mahalingaiah, secretary, KTS, mentioned in the letter to the CM. KTS asked for deferment of payment of property tax for 2021-22. “The due date for property tax annually payable to the Palikes, Municipal Corporations and Town Municipal Councils is extended with 5% rebated till 31st May 2021. Due to the complete halt of…

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