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Huge Helium Aerostat Balloon

The much-talked about huge helium aerostat balloon that cost Rs 70 crore turned out to be a showstopper at the breathtaking opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the majestic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. For the three-hour spectacle, not a single person at the stadium lost sight of the balloon where images revolved, presenting India in all its grandeur. Life-size revolving images of the action on the ground were projected on the helium balloon all along the ceremony while the moving lights continued to change their hues. In a special effect, lights were programmed to bounce off mirrors on the aerostat while 500,000 watts of sound were used to add to the cheer of the 65,000 strong crowd at the venue. The aerostat, manufactured by Per Lindstrandt and designed by Merk Fsher is said to be the biggest helium balloon in the world. It was being used for the first time for an entertainment event. It was suspended 25 metres above the ground. It took days for the balloon sized 40 metresX80 metresX12 metres, to lift above the ground and be placed in a 360 degree projection surface.

Common Wealth Games opening ceremony leaves spectators spellbound

Indian or foreign, most visitors were visibly moved by the richness of the country's culture, all played to perfection under one roof. Nearly 65,000 people watched mesmerised as Indian dances, music, crafts, and even its film industry were showcased.


Tourism sector pledges to promote Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism on World Tourism Day

Challenge "Geotourism 2010: Places on the Edge"

In the context of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, the UNWTO has focused this year's World Tourism Day festivities on the fundamental relationship between Tourism and Biodiversity.


'Guardian of the sea' is here to take care of pollution

Maritime security measures moved up a notch in the wake of the recent oil spill off the Mumbai coast as the Coast Guard (CG) got "a state-of-the art" Pollution Control Vessel (PCV), 'Samudra Prahari' or 'Guardian of the Sea', touted to be "the first of its kind in South Asia" in terms of sophistication of technology. The 95-metre PCV was designed and built by Surat-based private shipping company ABG Shipyard Ltd. The ship is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated pollution response equipment for mitigating marine oil spills in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. It is also equipped with the advanced navigational and communication sensors and equipment and is capable of embarking helicopter. Its tonnage is 4,300 tonnes. It has an endurance of 6,500 nautical miles and can stay at sea for prolonged duration of up to 20 days without any replenishment

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