October 26th, 2011
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India demands withdrawal of advisory notices

krishna-and-ruddPerth: Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna has asked Australia to withdraw the travel advisories issue against India. He said that the notices have “disproportionate” language and was contrary to the current tourist trend. India’s External Affairs Minister in stern terms spoke to his counterpart about the disturbing advisory notices at the CHOGM Foreign Ministers Meeting being organized at Perth.

Responding to Mr Krishna, Mr Kevin Rudd said such advisories were “routine” advice and “we do not have any information of any specific threat to share with India.” According to official sources, Mr Krishna is also expected to raise the issue with his other counterparts including Canada and New Zealand.

In the wake of many countries, including U.S. and Australia, issuing travel advisories to their citizens, New Delhi has taken a serious note of the issue, maintaining such notices do not reflect the reality and have adverse affect on the tourism to the country.

Five countries had issued advisories against travel to India during the Festival season. US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have advised its citizens to refrain from traveling to India during the festive season as terror threat is at its heights during this period.

The tourism industry is worried as adverse advisories tend to hike travel insurance as the risk factor goes up. So, instead of coming to India, many tourists may opt for other destinations like Thailand n Sri Lanka, Singapore, China and the like.






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