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Pramod Chopra   
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Location: Pickering, ON

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 03-01-08 12:57:58

Greenback loses its charm in India.........

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080103.windiadollar0103/BNStory/International/home



U.S. dollars no longer welcome at India tourist sites

The Associated Press

January 3, 2008 at 6:26 AM EST

NEW DELHI — No dollars, just rupees please.

In a sign of how the once mighty U.S. dollar has fallen, India's tourism minister said Thursday that U.S. dollars will no longer be accepted at the country's heritage tourist sites, like the famed Taj Mahal.

For years the dollar was worth about 50 rupees and tourists visiting most sites in India were charged either $5 or 250 rupees.

But with the dollar at a nine-year low against the rupee — falling 11 per cent in 2007 alone and now hovering at around 39 rupees — that deal has become a losing proposition for the tourism industry.

The country's tourism minister said, though, that the decision was only in part a reaction to the currency's plunging value.

“Before the dollar lost its value, there was a demand to have (admission tickets) just in rupees,” Tourism Minister Ambika Soni told the CNN-IBN news channel.

Ms. Soni said that charging only rupees would not only be more practical, but would save money because “the dollar was weaker against the rupee.”

The Taj Mahal, India's famed white marble monument to love, which had charged tourists $15 (U.S.) or 750 rupees, has been refusing to accept dollars since November.

The move makes visits pricier for American tourists, who now have to shell out nearly $20.

And it's likely to get worse.

“We expect a slight appreciation of the rupee to continue, although it won't be as dramatic as last year,” said Agam Gupta, head of foreign exchange trading at Standard Chartered Bank in India.

The U.S. dollar has fallen against most major currencies, and it has lost ground against the rupee due to an influx of foreign capital into India, said Gupta.

Ms. Soni said she was not worried about the decision affecting tourism numbers as India provided more than just budget attractions.

“I always say it's not numbers I am looking for or working for. I am working for tourists to have a complete experience,” she said.


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Pramod Chopra
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investpro   
Member since: Nov 06
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Location: carl sagan's universe

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-01-08 09:34:21

Good one boss!

Now send it to the Indian govt to adjust the OCI fees.



Pramod Chopra   
Member since: Sep 03
Posts: 1284
Location: Pickering, ON

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-01-08 10:33:26

Quote:
Originally posted by investpro

Good one boss!

Now send it to the Indian govt to adjust the OCI fees.




That's a neat suggestion.

However, the Consulate General of India here also DO NOT take US Dollars or even Indian Rupee.

They very much love our own almighty (?) Canadian Dollar.:D





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Mortgage Alliance Company of Canada



desi in ottawa   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-01-08 19:47:52

Agree with Pramod's post. At Taj it was Rs. 500 (I think) for foreigners. Did not see any want of $$ signs anywhere.

DIO



Desi in Alberta   
Member since: Oct 02
Posts: 247
Location: AB

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 05-01-08 06:28:16

I am sure it will become a reality in our life time.



cdn_dude   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 06-01-08 11:51:09

Quote:
Originally posted by Desi in Alberta

I am sure it will become a reality in our life time.



Keep dreaming!



Desi in Alberta   
Member since: Oct 02
Posts: 247
Location: AB

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 07-01-08 03:04:37

Thanks! I will keep dreaming. You will not believe even if it becomes a reality.





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