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'Bed and breakfast' scheme for C'wealth Games

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 17:55 IST

With lakhs of foreign tourists expected to visit Delhi during the Commonwealth Games 2010, the government is planning to implement the 'bed and breakfast' scheme for accomodating visitors as paying guests.

"Bed and breakfast is a scheme successfully implemented by many countries when a large number of visitors are to be accomodated. Let us also try to implement it in New Delhi," Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.

Soni, who was speaking after inaugurating an International summit on 'Investment Opportunities for Infrastructural Development', said the government would also be setting up budget hotels in the capital.

She said the government will not allow the recent Mumbai blasts to create hinderance in the inflow of visitors. "We have asked our embassies abroad to ensure that the present security scenario in India should not affect the inflow of tourists to the country," she said.

Soni added the government had to balance the need to ease the visa regime for tourists with the security demands in view of the rising threat of terrorism.

She also said the ministry was in the process of developing a circuit connecting important temples, churches, gurdwaras  and mosques in the country keeping in mind the vast number of pilgrims coming from abroad.

The conference was jointly organised by the Punjab government and the International Punjabi Chamber for Service Industry.