MP to rebrand “home stay scheme”

State Tourism Development Corporation held a workshop on Home Stay Scheme at Hotel Palash Residency here today. During the workshop, private property owners were informed about the scheme. Home Stay Scheme is very popular in several countries of the world to promote tourism and apprise tourists of local culture.

The state government had launched Bed and Breakfast Scheme-2010 in year 2010 to make available clean and low-cost lodgings to foreign tourists/travellers to stay with Indian families so that they get opportunity to be accustomed to Indian culture, traditions and dishes.

Now, it has been decided to re-brand this scheme, prescribe its logo, wide publicity, training etc. Basically, this scheme means that private property owners will provide part of their residence to tourists with essential facilities like food. Such use of residential property will not be considered as commercial.

As a result, property owners will pay the same water tax, property tax etc. which are applicable to general residential property. Besides, no additional food or restaurant licence will be required for serving food to tourists under the scheme. Property owner will continue to reside in the same residential unit compulsorily.

The state government has entrusted responsibility to implement this scheme to ‘Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation’. After registration by property owner, entire details of the property along with photographs will be uploaded on the website of Tourism Development Corporation, which will also undertake publicity of registered property.

Luxury tax will be waived if per day rent is below Rs. 3 thousand. VAT will not be imposed if total expenditure on food and beverages is below Rs. 5 lakh per annum. Besides, no separate food licence will be required for serving food.

After downloading Request form from Tourism Corporation’s website www.mpstdc.com, property owners may contact officers of the corporation for further action. Registration will be for 3 years. After this period, registration can be renewed by depositing Rs. 1000 three months before the last date.

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