The Odisha State Tourism Policy 2022 of the Government of Odisha aims to incentivize and address specific dynamics of the Tourism Sector. The Government of Odisha has taken various steps to promote tourism by pronouncing progressive policies and keeping tourism as one of the focus sectors in the new IPR 2022.
Odisha has established itself as the Sports Capital of the country. In the Eco-Tourism sector, the State has made its indelible mark with carefully curated immersive experiences of Eco-Cottages in some of the most pristine forests, Eco-Retreat in breath-taking locales stretching from Konark and Pentha on the sea beach to Putsil in the hills and Satkosia in the Tiger reserve on the banks of the great Mahanadi. Odisha, ‘India’s best-kept secret’, has tremendous potential in the tourism sector, because of its golden history, strategic geographical location, diverse demography, and profound bounties of nature.
Tourism in Odisha is one of the main contributors to the economy of Odisha (13% of GDP of Odisha). The Government of Odisha has undertaken many reforms in all sectors of its economy for Ease of Doing Business in the State. It has implemented the award-winning Single window System (Go SWIFT) that facilitates appraisal of investment proposals without any physical interface. These important steps have boosted the economy of the State and placed tourism at the forefront as a major factor in accelerating the progress of the State.
To promote, position, and develop Odisha as the tourist destination of choice for domestic and international tourists.
|Incentive Name||Incentive Particulars|
|Allotment of Land||
|Capital Investment Subsidy||
|Eligible Capital Investment (excluding the land cost)||Admissible Subsidy*||Maximum Limit of subsidy|
|Investment up to Rs. 50 crore||30%||Rs. 15 crore|
|Investment above Rs. 50 crore||30%||Rs. 20 crore|
|Tented accommodation (with minimum investment of 0.20 Crore)||30%||Rs. 0.15 crore|
|Equipment worth Rs. 1 crore and above for adventure & Water Sports||25%||Rs. 0.50 crore|
|*as a percentage of Eligible Capital Investment|
|Additional Subsidy of 5% will be provided to following projects: -|
All eligible tourism units as per Para 12(f) shall be eligible to get interest subsidy as per the following rates for a period not more than 5 years provided the concerned promoter(s) shall not have defaulted to Odisha State Financial Corporation (OSFC ) or Industrial Investment Promotion Corporation of Odisha Limited (IPICOL) or SIDBI or banks or public financial institutions or other Government Agencies in payment of interest & installment in connection with any other commercial venture with which the concerned promoter is directly or indirectly associated.
Interest subsidy @ 5% per annum subject to maximum of Rs.1 crore for the entire period of 5 years. This subsidy will be available to eligible tourism units after one year from date of commencement of commercial operations of the tourism unit, up to a maximum period of five years.
|Stamp Duty Exemption||
All new Tourism Units shall be eligible to get 100% exemption in Stamp Duty on purchase of land for the project. Such reimbursement shall be made after commercial operation of the project.
|Reimbursement of land conversion charges||
All tourism new projects shall be eligible to get 100% reimbursement of the land conversion charges. Such reimbursement shall be made after commercial operation of the project.
New Tourism Units will be exempted from payment of electricity duty up to a contract demand of 5 MVA for a period of 5 years from the date of availing power supply for production. New Tourism Units installing renewable sources of power shall be reimbursed 50% of the cost of setup of the renewable energy power source.
|Employment Cost Subsidy||
75% reimbursement (in case of male worker) & 100% reimbursement (in case of female workers) of expenditure on account of employer contribution towards ESI & EPF scheme for a period of 5 years shall be made in respect of skilled & semi-skilled workers engaged as regular employees who are domicile of the State.
|Environmental protection infrastructure subsidy||
New tourism units shall be eligible for reimbursement of 20% of the capital cost of setting up effluent treatment plant or sewerage treatment plant subject to a maximum of Rs.20 lakh. Such reimbursement shall be made only after commercial operation of the project.
For every person trained & newly recruited in tourism project, the training cost shall be reimbursed @ Rs.2000/- per employee provided such training is imparted within 3 years of the commercial operation.
The State will facilitate the provision of adequate quality transport services for tourists. As such 75% exemption from registration charges and 50% concession from payment of permit charges shall be allowed for new air-conditioned coaches having minimum seating capacity of 25 seats, registered as contract carriage and operating in notified tourist circuits. The Department of Tourism shall notify the tourist circuits for the purpose from time to time.
|Participation in overseas Tourism Events||
DoT shall provide incentives to the tourism service provider of State for participating in overseas tourism events. The incentive shall be limited to 50% of the space rent actually paid and travel expenses incurred by the tourism service provider of the State subject to maximum of Rs.75,000/- for each event. Such concession shall be limited to two events in one financial year for any agency. The tourism service provider approved by Govt. of India, Ministry of Tourism fulfilling the eligibility criteria prescribed by Ministry shall be eligible to get additional reimbursement of travel expenses of 4 more additional events. The admissibility of travel expenses shall be as per the guideline of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the maximum ceiling shall be Rs.2.5 lakh per annum.