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Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
The Indian state under the increasing influence of Hindu nationalism is using Hindu pilgrimage sites..
 
“Aswachh Bharat” marks Amarnath yatra 
July 15, 2018

Tourism and Plastic: Exploring the Contours 

June 04, 2018
The threat that plastic poses to the health of the planet has been raising alarm bells for some time..
 
As Women, Are We Really Economically Empowered A view from the point of view of Tourism 
April 10, 2018

Do we enjoy the same quality of life as our male counterparts? How can we, when the figures of women..

 
Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long..
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS

This section shares developments in tourism across the country as highlighted in the media. On clicking a Title, you can read the article online or where possible redirected to the respective website.


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Public Acceptance of Gay Relationships Will Help Control Spread of AIDS: SC on Section 377 
August 18, 2018 - DownToEarth
Justice DY Chandrachud, part of a five-judge Constitution bench hearing batch petitions seeking to decriminalise homosexuality told lawyers that public acceptance of people in gay relationships will help meet health concerns and control the spread of HIV. Saying that all suppression is wrong, Justice Chandrachud added, ”Same sex couples living in denial with no access to medical care were more prone to contracting and spreading sexually-transmitted diseases."




Buoyant Global Economy Means Higher Hotel And Air Prices In 2019 
August 02, 2018 - Travel Trends Today
Travel prices are expected to rise sharply in 2019, with hotels going up 3.7 per cent, and flights 2.6 per cent, driven by a growing global economy and rising oil prices, according to the fifth annual Global Travel Forecast, published today by GBTA and CWT with the support of the Carlson Family Foundation.




Tribal Ministry Tells States to Stop Rejecting FRA Claims on Invalid Grounds 
July 26, 2018 - DownToEarth
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has asked all the chief secretaries of states to review and file a report on the implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA).




Egypt Tourism Promotes Culture and Christian Pilgrimage in India Market 
July 25, 2018 - Travelbiz monitor
With 30% growth in Indian tourist arrivals in 2017, Egypt Tourism is conducting roadshows to promote its cultural, Christian pilgrimage and MICE offering.




Ethiopian Airlines to Open its Hotel and Airports for Sale to Foreign Investors 
July 25, 2018 - Travelbiz monitor
According to the Bloomberg report, Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is emerging as the flag bearer of plans by Ethiopia, Africa’s fastest-growing economy, to open up to foreign investors after decades as a closed shop.




Govt to Promote Kumbh Mela to Attract Foreign Tourists 
July 24, 2018 - Travel Trends Today
The measures being taken by the Government to globally promote the ‘49 day Kumbh Mela’ which is to begin in January 2019, in order to attract foreign tourists are as: Launch of ‘Chalo Kumbh Chalo’ campaign across the country, Branding and marketing campaigns for Kumbh, 2019, Advertisements at major international airports of the country to attract foreign tourists, Development of a designated area for flag hoisting for 192 countries visiting Kumbh Mela and Organising the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’, 2019 in Varanasi to attract ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Delegates’ to visit Kumbh, 2019.




Kerala HC Imposes Complete Ban on Plastic in Sabarimala 
July 23, 2018 - Deccan Herald
The Kerala High Court on Monday imposed a complete ban on plastic in Sabarimala, in order to ensure an eco-friendly pilgrimage to the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa.




Swachh Bharat Mission’s Progress “Very Lethargic”: Parliamentary Report 
July 23, 2018 - DownToEarth
The Centre has also failed to exhaust its budget for Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin. Credit: Jitendra ChoubeyWhile the Centre is working overtime to construct toilets across the country, a recent Parliamentary Committee report clearly says this is unlikely to make India open-defecation free. The rationale of the 51st Standing Committee on Rural Development report is simple: “Even a village with 100 per cent household toilets cannot be declared open defecation-free till all the inhabitantsstart using them”.  And in its obsession to construct toilets, the Centre has literally forgotten to spend the money earmarked to promote the use of toilets, a concernraised in the State of India’s Environment in Figure: 2018.




Girls, Hope Your Health Gets Precedence Over ‘Tradition’ 
July 19, 2018 - DownToEarth
The annulment of a child marriage is also not a piece of cake. Credit: anisenior/PixabayFor everyone who thought that child marriage is illegal in India, the women and child development ministry’s recent move must act as a wake-up call. It’s not illegal from the word go, but it can be. The Union ministry is planning to move the cabinet seeking an amendment in the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) to make all child marriages invalid. This would help better the health of girls in the country.



34% of Environmental Indicators Under SDGs Lack Standards 
July 17, 2018 - DownToEarth
The 17 SDGs have three dimensions – social, economic and environmental and there are a total of 232 indicators under these dimensions The 17 SDGs have three dimensions – social, economic and environmental and there are a total of 232 indicators under these dimensions Of the 232 indicators of success under Sustainable Development Goals, 80 indicators, like resource and waste management are under developed.



From RTI to Dam Safety, Highly Contested Bills to be Tabled in Parliament’s Monsoon Session 
July 17, 2018 - DownToEarth

Most of the old and new Bills, which are due to be tabled during the monsoon session, are being objected to for various reasons. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsThe monsoonsession of the Parliament will be held from July 18 to August 10. While the opposition will be looking to corner the NDA government on issues such as loan waiver, MSPand unemployment, a slew of crucial Bills are likely to be tabled in the session. The number of business days is just 18, and according to Parliamentary AffairsMinister Ananth Kumar, six ordinances will be taken up along with the 68 pending Bills in Lok Sabha and 40 in Rajya Sabha.




Vistara Plans to Introduce Services to Sri Lanka, Maldives and Thailand Before October 
July 16, 2018 - Travelbiz monitor
As per The Economics Times report, with an aim to tap the leisure travellers out of India, Vistara plans to connect Sri Lanka and Maldives from Delhi and Thailand from Delhi and Kolkata before October this year. The airline has applied to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for permissions to launch flights to connect these destinations.




ASI Allows Photography Within the Premises of Monuments 
July 16, 2018 - Travel Trends Today
The Archaeological Survey of India, an organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in an order issued today, decided to allow photography within  the premises of all centrally protected monuments/sites (except 3). However, the 3 monuments/sites in which the photography would not be permitted are Ajanta Caves and  Leh Palace having paintings, and Mausoleum of Taj Mahal, Agra.




Problem in Paradise: Water Crisis Deepens in Ladakh Amid Surge in Tourists 
July 12, 2018 - Downtoearth
Ladakh is the last Shangri-La—an earthly paradise isolated from the world and permanently happy. But problem has started brewing in this paradise. Dry taps and tube wells and a possibility of a prolonged water crisis is casting huge shadows on its present and future. Leh, its largest city, has started rationing water—two hours in the morning and in the evening— from this month. Other parts of Ladakh region are no better.




SpiceJet Keen to Run Sea Planes in Odisha to Connect Tourist Hotspots 
June 25, 2018 - Business Standard
Low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd is keen to start sea plane operations in Odisha in the near future, connecting Bhubaneswar with key tourist destinations like Chilika lake, the Chandipur sea beach and Hirakud dam.




Goa to Crack Down on Errant Tourists, Might Ban Night Swimming 
June 15, 2018 - The Quint
In what seems to be a crackdown on errant tourists, Goa's Tourism Department on Friday said it was working on a ban on swimming in the sea from dusk to dawn, limit tourism activity to a limited area on a beach and even put together punitive measures for tourists violating law.




But GTDC Has a Different Opinion... 
June 15, 2018 - Heraldo
Welcomes 50-mt rule; Wants permanent structures, Says the population designated for CRZ III A areas may also be reduced to 1000 per sq km.




Andhra Government to Use Tech to Count Tourist Footfall 
June 13, 2018 - The New Indian Express
The Tourism Department has decided to use latest technology to calculate the tourist footfall in the State. The officials are planning to conduct a survey  soon using satellite accounting system to identify the favourite tourist season, destinations and tourist footfall.




24/7 Helpline Begins for Tourists’ Safety in Jaipur 
June 13, 2018 - DNA
The tourism department of Jaisalmer has started a helpline number for providing optimum safety and facilities to the tourists. The step was taken after many cases of fraud and robbery were reported, which started affecting the tourism in the city.




Please don’t come’: Tourists turned away from India’s famed hill resort as water dries up 
May 30, 2018 - washingtonpost.com
For generations during scorching Indian summers, tourists have been flocking to Shimla — a hill station retreat with charming colonial architecture and views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.




‘Kaziranga no orphan to be adopted’: Assam fumes over sanctuary’s inclusion in Adopt a Heritage plan 
May 04, 2018 - scroll.in
The inclusion of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park in the Union government’s Adopt a Heritage scheme has not gone down well with many of the state’s activist bodies and communities living around the reserve forest.




Inbound Travel, Where Are We Heading? 
May 04, 2018 - Travelbiz monitor
The Indian government has been announcing attractive increase in inbound numbers whereas during meetings of trade associations, tour operators keep lamenting that they haven’t generated the same robust growth in their business. There is always a disagreement among the travel trade doing the rounds that the figures aren’t a true reflection of the actual state of affairs.




MICE, Wedding, Social Events... New Driving Source for Hospitality 
April 18, 2018 - Travelbiz monitor
In its evolution through the thick and thin of global geopolitics and economic upturns, the hotel industry has realised the folly of keeping all eggs in one basket - room business. Room business became more and more fragile while the other major revenue driver, Food and Beverage, became shaky with competition emerging from foodservice operators outside. An industry looking for alternative source of business and revenue found its calling in emerging demand for social gettogethers, corporate meetings, conferences, banquets, and wedding.




Mangaluru Seals Deal with Kenya for Medical Tourism 
March 05, 2018 - The Times of India
Mombasa city on the coast of Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Port City of Mangaluru for health tourism (training and treatment) on Sunday.




'Slum Homestay': Now Foreigners Can Pay ₹2000 a Night to Enjoy 'Basti' Life 
January 29, 2018 - Mirror Now
It was in 2015 that Ravi Sansi came across a tourist from Singapore who was being harassed by street urchins. He came to her rescue and when she asked him to take her to a scenic spot, he first took her to Girgaon Chowpatty and then asked her to stay at his jhopadpatti in Khar East.




Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018 - Freepress Kashmir
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long, instead of the earlier 45-day-long, Amarnath Yatra would commence on June 28, 2018. The announcement has once again put the 25 Kashmiri boy volunteers on their toes, to possibly launch another cleanliness drive on the Yatra routes.




Karnataka Tourism Hubs Vent Anger on Litterbugs 
January 20, 2018 - The Hindu
As overcrowding destroys popular destinations, concerned citizens are fighting to save the State’s worst-hit coastal and hill regions.




Indian visitors to Taj Mahal to be Capped at 40k/Day 
January 03, 2018 - The Times of India
A high-level meeting in Delhi on Tuesday attended by senior bureaucrats, ASI officials and police and paramilitary officers has decided that starting January 20, only 40,000 Indian tourists will be allowed to visit the Taj Mahal per day, but there will be no daily limit on the number of foreign tourists.




India to Have 10,000 Seaplanes; E-highways on Anvil: Gadkari 
December 31, 2017 - The Times of India
Clear water bodies dotted with 10,000 seaplanes, 'floating cities' in the form of ocean cruises and electric vehicles zipping on dedicated highway lanes -- that's the future as envisioned by Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. For the 'go-getter' minister at the helm of affairs to overhaul the country's infrastructure, India has the potential to realise all this and much more.




Yogi Adityanath Government to Launch Cow 'Safaris' in 24 Districts 
December 22, 2017 - The Times of India
The Aditya Nath Yogi government will launch "cow safaris" in at least 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh. These bovine expeditions follow a lion safari begun by the earlier SP government headed by Akhilesh Yadav. However, what the BJP government refers to as safaris are actually sanctuaries for cows which the government plans to develop on the lines of Kanha Upvan on land freed under an ongoing statewide anti-encroachment drive.




Cruise Tourism, an Emerging Superpower in India 
October 25, 2017 - Travelbiz monitor
In India, international cruising as a holiday concept began in the early 1990s, when TIRUN Travel Marketing (then Discover the World Marketing) started representing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in the country in 1993. A year later, Star Cruises set its eyes on India, and started marketing their ships through the PSA (Preferred Sales Agent) network. However, realising the potential that India offers for cruise tourism, Star Cruises set up its first office in India in 1999 in Mumbai. Star Cruises is a contemporary brand of Genting Cruise Lines.




Technology Takes Over, Changing the Landscape of Travel & Tourism in India 
October 04, 2017 - Travelbiz monitor
Today one doesn’t need to visit a travel agent or tour operator to get hold of various destinations and their offerings. Internet or rather the advent of technology has educated a consumer in such a depth that they are now the new experts. The need of a travel agent to some extent is getting limited to handling the back-end processes of operating a tour or holiday for their customers, which is still not better handled by technology. The last decade has witnessed massive changes credit to rise in usage of technology. The shift created by technology can be seen across all verticals irrespective of the industry. From aviation to hospitality to B2B travel trade, technology has emerged as the game changer. The very fact that the consumer has easy and detailed access to technology led to the change in the landscape of travel industry across the globe.
 



Domestic Travel Rules, the New Backbone of Indian Tourism 
September 27, 2017 - Travelbiz monitor
As India’s economy grows and consumption increases, more people are spending their discretionary income on lifestyle services, including travel. Rising consumer spending, mostly from a middle class of over 300 million people, infrastructure development and incoming air connectivity and lodging supply will push the Indian travel market to grow in excess of 10% each year through 2020. Akansha Pandey elaborates on the rapid expansion of the Indian travel market.




Stage Set To Allot 1,000 Acres For Reliance Shipyard At Rambilli 
July 29, 2017 - The Hindu

Nearly a year and a half after signing MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Government for its ₹5,000-crore naval shipbuilding facility at Rambilli, about 70 km from here, the stage is set for allotment of 1,000 acres of beachfront area for the Reliance ADA Group.




MoT to Create a Dedicated Investment Desk in the Ministry 
July 28, 2017 - Travelbizmonitor.com
Ministry of Tourism(MoT) as a prelude to the first ever Incredible India Tourism Investors Meet scheduled in Delhi between September 21 and 23, will set up a dedicated Investors’ desk in MoT. The Investors Desk will be a permanent set up in Ministry to facilitate with information and support for investors. This was informed by Vinod Zutshi, Secretary Tourism, Government of India, while speaking at the second Tourism Investors’ Summit organised by FICCI in Delhi. “The desk will be a new entity and play an important role in handholding the investors,” Zutshi said.



Tourism Circuit to Link Nine Beaches Soon 
July 28, 2017 - The Hindu
Gaining traction: Foreign tourists cycling on Cherai beach. An amount of ₹4.5 crore has been set apart to develop tourism amenities on beaches. Initiative to further link Fort Kochi, Muziris heritage locales.

A tourism circuit will shortly link the nine pristine beaches in the 24-km-long Puthuvype-Munambam corridor.



Attempt To Demean Amarnath Yatra 
April 30, 2017 - Dailyexcelsior
We believed that   Amarnath yatra ghost has been exorcised, after it reared its ugly head in 2008. But like an immortal Terminator it keeps creaking in from nowhere after lying low for a while. The ghost surfaced in 2012 when some yatris fell victim to the bad weather and treacherous terrain. Kashmir civil society seized the occasion and launched a campaign  to down size the yatra and cut its duration.   Farfetched socio – ecological concerns were raised.



Why Barcelona Is Actively Trying to Push Away Tourists 
March 01, 2017 - Travelandleisure.com
Barcelona is making it clear that tourists are no longer as welcome as they once were.

Two days after it banned all new hotels from the city center, Barcelona introduced a new plan, meant to curb tourism by 2020.



Maximising Tourism’s Contribution To Sustainable Development: WTTC Declaration 
January 18, 2017 - Travel Biz Monitor

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) launched its “Declaration for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” expressing the organisation’s full commitment to the priorities of the year and setting out its vision of how to maximise the contribution of Travel & Tourism to sustainable development around the world.




DoNER Announces Exclusive Tourism Development Council for North East 
January 09, 2017 - Travel Biz Monitor

Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State..., announced the formation of exclusive “North-Eastern Tourism Development Council” (NETDC) on a public-private partnership (PPP) mode under the auspices of Union Ministry of DoNER at the 2017 Calendar of the North Eastern Council event.




MoT Claims Inbound Tourism & Earnings Unaffected By Demonetisation 
December 29, 2016 - Travel Biz Monitor
As per a recent release issued by Ministry of Tourism (MoT), it is observed that demonetisation did not have any impact on the Foreign Tourist Arrival (FTA) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) which have shown robust growth over the comparative period last year.
 



Pre-BRICS Forum Held For Sustainable Tourism 
October 05, 2016 - The Hindu
In a pre-BRICS forum organised with the support of EQUATIONS, a non-governmental organisation based in Bangalore, and the Church-affiliated Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT), Goa, a wide range of civil society actors gathered in Panaji earlier this week to challenge tourism constructs that were being forced on host communities.




Heritage Act May Be Amended To Make Way For Public Projects 
September 30, 2016 - Economic Times

Mughal emperor Akbar’s final resting place in Sikandra may lose its tranquillity with a flyover built bang opposite it. So may Tipu Sultan’s palace in Mysuru with expansion of a hospital next door. Prodded by infrastructure ministries, the Narendra Modi government is readying to amend the law that forbids any new construction close to protected monuments.




India Launches First Internet Hotline To Tackle Surge In Child Porn 
September 20, 2016 - The Indian Express
India on Monday launched its first internet hotline to encourage people to report online child pornography and curb a surge in photographs and videos on the internet showing children being sexually exploited, the founders of the initiative said.



Madhya Pradesh To Open More Reserve Forests For Recreational Activities 
September 12, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
Madhya Pradesh (MP) Tourism in coordination with the State Forest Department will open more reserve forests for tourism by creating recreational areas within the natural habitat.  The Forest Department of MP has already notified almost 15 such areas for recreational activities, as per Hariranjan Rao, MD, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC), and will be opening more areas for tourism- related activities.



Now Central Govt Employees Can Fly To Kashmir On LTC 
September 08, 2016 - Greater Kashmir
The Union government on Thursday announced that its employees could visit Jammu and Kashmir by an airline of their choice as part of Leave Travel Concession (LTC).



There Is A Need To Streamline The Curriculum In Tourism Institutes: Pronab Sarkar 
September 03, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
Speaking at the Amity International Tourism and Hospitality Conference in Noida recently, Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) asserted that there is a dire need to streamline the curriculum across educational institutes pan India.



ASI Wants Tourists’ Taj Tour Capped At 3-4 Hrs 
August 24, 2016 - The Times Of India
A day after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told the Supreme Court that it is working on a proposal which will limit a tourist's visiting hours to "a maximum of three-four hours" so as to ensure better crowd management, local guides said on Tuesday that the move will not help much. Experts also said ASI should instead focus on limiting the number of visitors at the monument.



FAITH Recommends Amendment To Draft GST Law To Include Tourism & Hospitality Under Export Service 
August 18, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has urged the GST (Goods & Services Tax) Commissionerate and Central Revenue Department to amend Section 2 (44) c to include tourism and hospitality industry services in the ‘export services’.



Chhattisgarh’s Tribal Tourism Circuit To Be Ready By 2019-20 
August 09, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
The central government has put up the anticipated timeline for completion of the Tribal Tourism Circuit in Chhattisgarh by 2019-20. This circuit will provide an opportunity to the tourists to witness and experience tribal culture and traditions in Chhattisgarh, officials informed.



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