BHUBANESWAR: Union Minister of State for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam has asked tourists coming from abroad to “eat beef in their own country and then come to India.”
The Union Minister made these remarks after he was asked how cow vigilantism and restrictions on beef consumption in several states had affected India’s hospitality sector.
However, when asked about his statement, he said, “It’s a cock-and-bull story. I am not the Food Minister to decide on it.”
Alphons had earlier stated that beef would continue to be consumed in his home state of Kerala.
Alphons was speaking on the sidelines of the 33rd annual convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) in Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar.
In response to a query whether beef ban in several states would dissuade foreign tourists from coming to India, Alphons said that restriction on beef consumption impacting tourists in a cock and bull story. “They (foreign tourists) can consume beef in their respective countries and then come here,” he said.
ANI, India Today