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Attack on foreign tourists will not impact inflows: Chiranjeevi

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Three-day WTO meet begins in Hyderabad from Friday

Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi in a discussion with Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan and State Minister for Culture and Tourism Vatti Vasanth Kumar during a preparatory meeting of the UNWTO conference on Sustainable Tourism Development and joint meeting of the UNWTO commissions for West Asia and Pacific and South Asia, in Hyderabad on Monday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi in a discussion with Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan and State Minister for Culture and Tourism Vatti Vasanth Kumar during a preparatory meeting of the UNWTO conference on Sustainable Tourism Development and joint meeting of the UNWTO commissions for West Asia and Pacific and South Asia, in Hyderabad on Monday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi has termed as unfortunate the recent attack on foreign tourist in Jammu & Kashmir, but said it was unlikely to have negative impact on the tourist inflows into the country in the longer run.

“Such incidents are likely to result in drop in the inflow in the immediate term, a sort of knee jerk reaction. But there will not be any medium or long-term impact,” he said. The country had, in fact, registered growth in tourist traffic in the last quarter of the previous financial year after a brief lull during the initial months, he said, adding that while the tourist traffic witnessed a two per cent growth during January and February, the number went up further in March taking the overall growth to 2.5 per cent.

Mr. Chiranjeevi was responding to queries during a press conference here on Monday convened ahead of the UN World Tourism Organisation’s conference on sustainable tourism development and the 25{+t}{+h}joint meeting of the UNWTO commissions for East Asia & Pacific and South Asia commencing on April 12.

Explaining the highlights of the three-day UNWTO meet that was coming back to the city after nine years, he said the conference would feature participation of over 150 delegates from 29 countries. Measures to promote tourism in the region, best practices and the policies to promote the tourist potential would form part of the deliberations.

The UNWTO would be represented by its Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and his team while senior delegates, including the chief executive officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association would attend the event.

A.P. Tourism Minister Vatti Vasant Kumar said the Central Government had sanctioned several projects and funds for strengthening the tourism infrastructure in the State and efforts would be made to showcase the same during the three-day event. He thanked Mr. Chiranjeevi for convincing the Centre to host the event here in addition to agreeing to set up a national culinary institute with the State as its headquarters.


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