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Tourism Minister Selja puts off Australia trip

india Updated: Jun 11, 2009 10:13 IST

Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja postponed her Australia visit next month in the wake of a series of attacks on Indian students in that country.

"I am not going to Australia for the tourism promotional event scheduled in July," Selja told PTI.

The Tourism Ministry had planned a series of promotional programmes in Australian cities in July to showcase India as an attractive adventure tourism destination.

"The prevailing atmosphere is not conducive for such promotional event and the ministry will work out a new schedule after the situation improves," she said.

The Ministry has already carried out a series of roadshows in collaboration with Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) in 22 cities across the globe including Melbourne, Singapore, London, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo and New York.

The proposed programme was specifically meant to focus on adventure tourism destinations in India.

"The ministry had finalised a package offering trekking, river rafting and mountaineering to attract Australians as part of adventure tourism destinations in India," said a senior Tourism Ministry official.