Travel advisories worry government

Officials fear these may affect FDI flow too

GN Bureau | February 16, 2010

Centre is concerned over frequent travel advisories by foreign governments which would not only hit tourist inflow but may hit the foreign direct investments (FDI) too.

A senior official privy to the deliberations at the Cabionet Committee on Security (CCS) on MOnday said the centre might carryout media campaign in western countries to counter the advisories. Our missions abroad may also be asked to speak to the local media. The MEA has already pitched for such a course and the CCS considered these proposals seriously.

The US, the UK and Australia have issued travel advisories to their citizens in view of the bomb blast at German Bakery that was frequented by foreigners in Pune, asking them to maintain a "heightened situational awareness and a low profile".   

"American citizens are advised to be alert to the continued possibility of terrorist attacks in India. The February 13 terrorist bombing in a bakery frequented by westerners in Pune, Maharashtra, serves as a reminder that terrorists and their sympathisers are capable of attacking targets where US citizens or westerners are known to congregate or visit," the US travel alert said.

In its travel alert, updated after the blast, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK government said, "On 13 February a bomb exploded in a bakery/coffee shop in Pune killing nine and injuring up to 53 people. Foreigners were among the casualties. British nationals are reminded to remain vigilant in public places."



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