Industry plans to counter Pune attack advisories
The MoT is expected to get India’s hotel and tourism sectors along with its own departments in to a huddle shortly to counter a potential fallout from Pune’s German Bakery bomb attack. Already three important source markets; the UK, USA and Australia have issued an ‘all but essential travel’ advice, the fallout of which may affect the CWG and India’s recovering tourism industry.
“The hotel and tourism associations are expecting a call from tourism secretary Banerjee to specifically discuss the Pune terror attack issue. If the attack snowballs into a mini controversy then yes, it will have an impact on the CWG. If the US and UK take a stern stand, then it will have a short-term as well as long-term impact and I fear that, as it will have a spiral effect,” said Rajinder Rai, president, TAAI.
Previous tourism minister Ambika Soni set the precedent for an ‘all stakeholder’ meet in December 2008 after the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack. Incumbent tourism minister continued the precedent with a similar meeting last month. Rai is now expecting a “smaller version sometime next week” to discuss how to control the damage from last Saturday’s attack in Pune which claimed has claimed 10 lives and injured 60.
“We will make sure no stone is unturned as 2010 is a very critical for us. Our numbers have been increasing over the last quarters and all of us want to prevent a slump,” said Rai.