Indian tourism roadshow in Australia rescheduled

June 12th, 2009 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) India Friday said the adventure tourism roadshows in Australia, where a number of Indian students have been attacked, and New Zealand are on though they will be held in September instead of July.
The announcement came two days after Tourism Minister Kumari Selja had announced postponing the roadshows in Australia on the grounds that the situation there was not normal - referring to a series of allegedly racist attacks on Indian students there.

However, the tourism ministry Friday said in a statement: “The reports referring to cancellation of road shows are not correct.”

The ministry clarified that the Adventure Tour Operators’ Association has approached it to organise these shows in Australia and New Zealand in July 2009.

“Considering the importance of these shows for realising the untapped economic and tourism potential and promoting India as a major destination for adventure tourism, the ministry of tourism had agreed to facilitate organisation of these road shows through its office in Sydney,” it said.

It said that the association later wanted to reschedule these events and hold them in September 2009. “Accordingly these shows are now being planned for September 2009,” the statement said.

On Wednesday, Kumari Selja said: “We have postponed our trip to Australia for the promotional event of promoting India as an attractive adventure destination. We need a slightly normal atmosphere with regard to the situation prevailing in Australia and its better for us to put off the road show for a little while.”

Nearly a dozen Indian students studying in Australia have been attacked in the past month, with many alleging the attacks were racially motivated.

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