With its new terminal, Delhi quietly continues preparations to welcome the world
Wednesday 30 June 2010
With all attention focused on South Africa as the World Cup edges towards a nail-biting finish, India is quietly preparing to host its own global event.
This weekend on July 3, the country will unveil its largest-ever airport terminal, ahead of the Commonwealth Games which take place in the country October 3 - 14 and are expected to attract over 100,000 visitors to India.
Authorities have been working feverishly to ready the infrastructure for the event after the Commonwealth Games Federation reported in 2009 that delays posed a "serious risk" to the games.
Last year, Indian Tourism Minister Kumari Selja told a tourism conference that her department was working to ensure that adequate accommodation is in place and existing infrastructure and services were spruced up ahead of the expected influx.
The new INR 127 billion (€2.24 billion) terminal at Delhi Indira Gandhi is set to be the eighth largest terminal in the world, offering a capacity of 34 million passengers per year and 78 aerobridges, the most of any terminal worlwide.
The structure is built on eight levels and features over 6 kilometers of conveyor belts, 89 travelators (or moving walkways) and 48 immigration counters to get people from touch-down to exit within the stated target of 45 minutes.
The most critical question for Indian tourism may be what to do with all those visitors once they've arrived - although India boasts the second-fastest growing hospitality market in the world, it still suffers from an undersupply of rooms and therefore, high prices.
International chains are doing their best to rectify the situation by building hundreds of new business and leisure hotels across the country, with Hilton, Marriott and Carlson all recently unveiling ambitious plans to significantly boost their presence in the country.
The Commonwealth Games (http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/) will take place in Delhi, October 3 - 14.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A reputable organisation within the leisure i...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Located on the stunning Sandban...
£26 - 35k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Email Marketing Specialist is needed to join...