Foreign tourist arrivals picking up, says Selja

Chandigarh | Updated: Jul 1 2009, 04:36am hrs
Tourist arrivals in India have picked up after a decline of about 10.6-17.6% in the first three months of the year, as compared to the corresponding period last year, tourism minister Selja said. "There had been some effect after 26/11 and in wake of the meltdown. However, things are looking up. As many as 2,95,124 foreign tourists visited India in May, reducing the shortfall to just 1.9% in comparison with arrivals in May last year," Selja said. Talking about the Commonwealth Games 2010, Selja said there is an estimated requirement of 40,000 rooms. About 10,000 rooms are already available and an additional 30,000 rooms are required. About 11,000 rooms would be made available in Delhi and adjoining NCR areas of Haryana and UP. DDA flats are also being converted into 5,500 rooms. Government-run hotels in the capital were encouraging the bed and breakfast scheme, while budget hotels would be available to visitors, she said. Selja said Haryana had made over 5,500 rooms available for the Games, but UP was falling somewhat short. However, she assured there will be no shortfall of rooms for the Games.