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 EDITORIAL
Overcoming Budget Blues
The Ministry of Finance has done it again. No, I am not talking about ignoring the travel and hospitality segment, a standard feature as it has over the years. The government in control have definitely learned from the examples of tourism propelled growth economies (especially in our neighborhood) and realised that this segment cannot be ignored for long.
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 COVER STORY

Budget Effect: Eating out in AC restaurants to be costly
The Union Budget 2013-14, rolled out by P Chidambaram, Union Minister for Finance, Government of India, in the Parliament has allotted Rs 1,297.66 crore for the tourism sector, a hike of Rs 87.66 crore as compared to last year. The government had allocated Rs 1,210 crore in the Union Budget 2012-13 and Rs 1,110.96 crore in 2011-12. The Budget allocation for plan projects/schemes for the benefit of North East region and Sikkim has been hiked from Rs 121 crore to Rs 129 crore. The allocation under this head in the Union Budget 2011-2012 was 110 crore.
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 INTERVIEW
‘MoT is proposing to use more than 50% of the allocation to augment tourism infrastructure’ - Dr K Chiranjeevi, MoS with IC for Tourism
India Tourism is preparing to mark its presence at the international market with its new campaign, ‘Find What You Seek’. ITB Berlin will be the second international platform after WTM London where the new theme will be showcased. Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, talks to Hospitality Biz about the roll-out plan of the new campaign, as well as focus on destination promotion
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