The Secretary, Kaduna State Hoteliers Association, Mr Jijiwon Akpovwovwo, on Wednesday urged the Kaduna State government to grant tax holiday for hotels in the state.

Akpovwovwo made the appeal when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kaduna.

He said that if the request was granted, the tourism sector in the state would thrive, thereby boosting employment opportunities for the youth.

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According to him, if one year tax holiday is given to new hotels that could employ from 10 people and above, it would encourage investment in the sector.

“Having enjoying tax holiday for a year, the owner of the hotels will be willing to pay tax if asked.

“But demanding tax from newly build hotel is killing and counter-productive, “ Akpovwovwo said.

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He said if government wanted the sector to develop, there must be steady power supply, good network of roads while multiple taxes must be addressed.

The Secretary said that security and stability were major ingredients for the development of the sector.

He said that the problem of insecurity was having a negative impact on the tourism sector.

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He said that tourists would only move to places that were secure and peaceful since “ security is the bedrock for development of every sector, not only tourism sector. “

Akpovwovwo, however, commended Gov. Malam Nasir El- Rufai, in his effort at addressing the security challenges in the state.

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