Hotel owners in Imo state protest over increase in tax

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The Imo State Hotel Owners Association has slammed the state government’s overzealous revenue agents for levying multiple taxes on its members.

The group announced this in a statement signed by its leader, Chima Chukwunyere, and made public in Owerri, Imo State.

The association urged Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma to restore the state’s tourism industry by reining in miscreants posing as government revenue agents.

The group pleaded with the governor to step up the crackdown on criminal elements, all of which impede the growth and development of the state’s hotel industry.

It was claimed that some unscrupulous touts, in collaboration with corrupt judiciary personnel, had developed the practice of obtaining kangaroo court orders and enforcing them to the detriment of the hospitality industry.

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The group cited a court order obtained in 2017 by an agent in charge of wastewater abatement flowing from hotel premises into gutters as a case in point and a gnashed court order issued on December 2nd, 2020, against some hotels as typical examples.

Chukwunyere argued that no tourism industry could ever thrive in any part of the world without the hotel industry.

According to the group, the hotel industry is the second-largest employer in the state, and it is urging the state government to develop more programs and policies to boost tourism in the state.

It also stated that the association requested that regulators synchronize their activities to resolve the issue of multiple billing by agencies on the same item.

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