Ahead of the October 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Union Tourism Ministry is going all out to promote safe tourism in the country.
With apprehensions being raised that sex related tourism might see a spurt during the games, the Tourism Ministry has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs to formulate an integrated strategy for preventing such illegal activities during the games.
R.H. Khwaja, tourism secretary also met Delhi lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna on August 21 to discuss the matter.
The Ministry had earlier in July unveiled a code of conduct for the tourism industry to enhance safety and security of all tourists and freeing the sector from exploitation.
The code lays down detailed guidelines for the industry, with some components being the training of personnel, public awareness, regulated use of premises, ethical business practices and marketing.
It is applicable to all owners, suppliers, contractors and employees of the travel and tour sector, including hotels, restaurants, lodges, guest houses, etc. Besides, service providers such as event management organisations, entertainment providers, transport operators like taxis and buses, tour guides, and other services or agencies associated with the tourism sector would also have to adapt the code.
"We have already launched the code of conduct for promoting safe tourism which has been voluntarily adapted by many stakeholders of the hospitality and tourism industry. It needs to be adapted by other stakeholders in the private sector involved in the conduct of the games," said a ministry official.
The Tourism Ministry is mow planning to launch a logo, which can be used by service providers who adopt the code.
"We are also going all out to create awareness about the code, do's and don'ts, rules and regulations to promote safe tourism," added the official.