Countries have toned down post-Mumbai attack advisories: Soni

December 15th, 2008 - 11:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika SoniNew Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Several countries had issued advisories for their citizens in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks but many of them have toned these down, Tourism Minister Ambika Soni said Monday.Paying homage to those who were killed, including the security officials, in the attacks, Soni said this mayhem was perpetrated by those who do not want Indian economy to grow at 8-9 perecnt.

“They are against the secular fibre of the country. We will bounce back. It is encouraging to note that the hotels run by the Tata and Oberoi groups will reopen on Dec 21,” Soni said at a meeting of the National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC) and the stakeholders of the industry.

Over 170 people were killed, including 26 foreigners, after 10 terrorists, who India says came from Pakistan, attacked several spots in Mumbai on the night of Nov 26 and laid siege at two five-star hotels.

The council meeting was held to discuss the problems faced by the industry in the aftermath of the Mumbai attack as well as the global meldtown.

More than 60 representatives from the hospitality, travel and tour sectors and senior state tourism officials attended the meet.

Soni said: “Some countries issued travel advisories to their citizens immediately after the Mumbai attacks, but now these advisories have been toned down.”

“India is holding its place in the world on its own and the recent high-profile visits of the Russian president and other dignitaries to India have proved that world community has faith in our country,” she said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited India earlier this month as did British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

The return of the English cricket team for a Test series and the successful organisation of the Volvo boat race in Kochi further added to India’s credence on safety parameters, she added.

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