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The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

I remember as a kid in the month of August a few dozen buses full of Yatri

Amarnath Yatra Clashes With Burhan Wani Death Anniversary, Forces Anxious 
May 29, 2017

In exactly a month from now will begin the annual pilgrimage to...

Mahesh Sharma's performance as a minister for culture doesn't match up to his achievements as a tourism minister. 
May 18, 2017

In the budget for 2017-18, five ministries - tourism, culture, sports and youth affairs..

Goa's slums are full of Karnataka migrants: Study 
May 15, 2017

A study, conducted across 14 slums in Goa, found that the largest number of migrants..

Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017

Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra


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.

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.

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.

UP Making Millions From Taj Mahal Yet Unable To Protect It: NGT 
August 08, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
As per a PTI news report, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has come down heavily on the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh over dumping of solid waste in River Yamuna near the Taj Mahal, saying the state was unable to protect the 17th century monument from which it was making millions.

Haryana Government Announces Gita Mahotsava From Dec 6-11 In Kurukshetra 
August 08, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
The Haryana Government has chalked out a detailed programme for the five-day Gita festival to be held in Kurukshetra in the state from December 6-11, 2016. The arrangements for the "Kurukshetra Mahotsava Gita Jayanti Samaroh" were reviewed at a meeting of senior officers presided by Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana, an official spokesperson said.

Venkaiah Naidu Announces The Launch Of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ 
August 06, 2016 - HospitalityBIZINDIA.COM
M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development recently launched the Sanitation Survey in the name of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’. This second round of survey will cover 500 cities and towns, including those with a population of one lakh and above each besides capital towns with less than one lakh population and towns of importance from the point of view of heritage, tourism and hilly locations etc.

Kerala To Roll Out Five New Tourism Projects 
July 30, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
According to a report by S Anil Radhakrishnan in The Hindu,  Kerala Tourism will soon roll out five new tourism projects in a bid to increase footfall and “refresh” the Kerala Tourism brand to make ‘God’s Own Country’ “more appealing, exciting and desirable” to all traveller segments.

MoT To Create A Dedicated Investment Desk In The Ministry 
July 28, 2016 - 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.

Govt Plans To Open Up Uninhabited Islands In Andaman & Lakshadweep For Tourism 
July 28, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
The Union government on the reference of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has set up a Committee to look into possibilities of opening up uninhabited islands in Andamans as well as Lakshadweep waters for “hi-value” tourism. The plan is to develop such islands for hi-value tourism in the model of Maldives with private partnership.

INR 2,333 Crore Sanctioned Under Swadesh Darshan & PRASAD In Last 18 Months 
July 23, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism, in last 18 months, has sanctioned projects worth INR 2,333 Crore under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD, the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism. These projects envisage world class infrastructural development of the sites with special emphasis on Tourist Facilities including Tourist Facilitation Centres, way-side amenities Parking, Public convenience, Illumination, Sound and Light Shows and Theme Parks.

Chapora Eco-Tourism Project: Prawn Farmers Keeping Fingers Crossed 
June 17, 2016 - The Navhind Times
While fishermen community has expressed concern over the Rs 100 crore eco-tourism project at Chapora, two prawn farmers, dependent on the Chapora river said that they are keeping their finger crossed hoping that the project will not result in pollution of the river and adversely affect the prawn production.

Farooq Shah For Eco-Friendly Dev Of Tourism Destinations 
May 03, 2016 - Greater Kashmir
Secretary, Tourism/Floriculture, Gardens and Parks, Farooq A Shah today took an extensive review meeting of the tourism and floriculture departments in SKICC, here.

Goa Tourism Expects Surge In Domestic Travellers This Year 
April 20, 2016 - DNA
After a not-so-impressive foreign tourist season, Goa's tourism industry is now looking forward to the upcoming summer vacation as it expects a reversal of fortunes with the arrival of more domestic travellers.

Centre Forms Task Force To Develop Cruise Tourism In India 
April 18, 2016 - DNA
In order to boost cruise tourism along the vast coast, including that in financial capital Mumbai, Central government has instituted a task force apart from planning several incentive schemes to turn around the fate of this industry in India.The announcement was made during a maritime event held in Goregaon on Friday.

Goa Tourist Season Declines By A Month As Foreign Visitors Fly Out 
April 14, 2016 - DNA
The tourist season in Goa appears to have been curtailed by a month as foreign visitors have almost deserted the beaches and are flying out, even though the tourism department claims record high arrivals.

MP Plans Private Investment For Protecting Dispersal Tigers 
April 02, 2016 - Business Standard
The Madhya Pradesh government is toying with the idea of involving private players in its efforts to earmark protected areas and secure habitats for dispersal tigers. The habitats would be managed by private parties.

Can Gender Parity Be Achieved Through Tourism? 
March 13, 2016 - DNA
Tourism has a benign face of being merely an exchange between people travelling to each other’s lands. But given the world order, this is not an equal exchange. Everyone, the world over, does not have equal possibilities of travel and of spending on travel. There are gender, race, caste and class dynamics at play.

Tourism & Hotel Industry Feels Neglected in the Budget 2016-17 
February 29, 2016 - TravelBizmonitor.com
The tourism and hospitality industry in the country felt gross neglect in the budget presented by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, today in Parliament.While giving his reactions to Travelbiz Monitor, Bharat Malkhani, President, Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) said that the tourism and hospitality industry proved to be a “persona non grata” for the government, and not even a...

Budget 2016: Tourism Ministry Gets 70% Hike 
February 29, 2016 - DNA
Tourism Ministry got 70% hike in the Union budget with an allocation of Rs 1,590 crore, to focus on infrastructure development and promotion and publicity initiatives.

Industry Reacts to Rail Budget 2016-17 
February 25, 2016 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
It is a very good initiative by the Rail Minister to propose development of tourist circuits by partnering with the state governments. This was the only initiative lacking for international tourists as they were unable to explore destinations beyond the airport purview. By this not only the domestic, but the international traveller shall gain experience and get an opportunity to visit the interior parts and tourist circuits, which are unexplored.

Railway Minister Proposes Promotion of Tiger Tourism Circuit Packages 
February 25, 2016 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Railway Budget for 2016-17 presented by Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu today in the Parliament haven’t pronounced anything substantial for promoting Rail Tourism in the country. The only relief for Rail Tourism came towards the end of the Budget speech, when he proposed promotion of complete packages through rail connecting wildlife circuit Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh in order to generate awareness “about the national animal”, tiger. Another proposal that came from the Railway Minister was intention to commence tourist circuit trains in partnership with the states.

Centre to Open up 5 Andaman & Nicobar Islands as Eco-Tourism Destinations 
February 24, 2016 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
As per a PTI news report, the Centre is considering a proposal to open up 5 islands of Andaman and Nicobar to tourists to promote them as eco-tourism destinations, said Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Javadekar said during his recent trip to Andaman and Nicobar he explored the potential for developing five islands from tourism perspective.

Goa Tourist Department to Study Shack Capcity of Beaches 
February 24, 2016 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Goa tourism department will be conducting a study on shack capacity of each of beaches across the state before the tourist season begins in October, reports PTI.

Odisha Eases Curbs on Foreign Tourists to Tribal Areas 
February 04, 2016 - www.business-standard.com
The Odisha government has relaxed its restrictions on visits by foreign tourists to tribal pockets in the state after over three years, officials said on Thursday.

Aim to Provide Quality Tourism 
January 18, 2016 - www.frontline.in
Raghunath Vishwanath Deshpande, Tourism and Large and Medium Scale Industries Minister, is keen on giving Karnataka tourism a direction and purpose. Excerpts from the interview he gave Frontline on the eve of his visit to South America for a “road show” to attract investment into Karnataka.

Medical and Wellness Tourism Board Meets Today 
January 13, 2016 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board headed by union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma will meet for the first time on Wednesday. The board was set up recently to devise strategies to attract medical tourists from overseas to the country's hospitals and wellness clinics, and issue guidelines to regulate the services these establishments offer.

Tourism Crisis Stakeholders to Chalk Out Action Plan 
January 05, 2016 - www.newindianexpress.com
With the difference of opinion between the Tourism Ministry and players in the tourism industry over the state of affairs in the sector intensifies, all the major stakeholders will be meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday to chalk out an action plan to resolve the issues.

Domestic Medical Tourism on Track 
October 14, 2015 - www.newindianexpress.com
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Monday officially announced the ‘domestic medical tourism with value added services’ package to offer hassle-free travel for people who seek medical care in Tamil Nadu. The IRCTC also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Apollo Hospitals, Chennai for piloting the initiative.

'Munnar Stir a Setback for State Tourism' Kerala Travel Mart 
October 11, 2015 - www.newindianexpress.com
The ongoing labour strike in Munnar is a big setback for the State’s tourism sector, the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society has said.

Cruise Tourism Now on VPT's Radar 
September 21, 2015 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tourists dropping anchor in Vizag may soon be able to cruise the high seas, if the Visakhapatnam Port Trust has its way. VPT, which is the second largest major port on the east coast, is now planning to give a fillip to cruise tourism in the city by offering its waterfront facilities on lease to private cruise tour operators.

JLR-The New Attraction 
September 18, 2015 - www.frontline.in
 FOR years, Karnataka’s tourism mainstay at all leading international trade fairs was heritage, culture and architecture. But at the World Travel Market 2013 conferences and interactions, an unexpected theme was showcased—wildlife, along with nature and adventure tourism. This coincided with Conde Nast Travellers’ October 2013 issue hailing Kabini as India’s next big safari destination.

Helicopter Hub in Guwahati to Boost Tourism in Northeast 
September 14, 2015 - morungexpress.com
The government has decided to turn Guwahati into a helicopter hub to promote tourism in the northeastern states, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma said on Friday.

Community-Based Eco-Tourism will Boost Income of Tribals 
August 31, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
Professor and Head of Department of Management Studies at Adikavi Nannaya University S. Teki has submitted a project report to the A.P. Forest Department on the role of community based eco-tourism by taking Maredumilli village as a case study. A copy was handed over to M. Ravi Kumar, Conservator of Forests, in the presence of T.V. Subbareddy, DFO, Kakinada Division, here on Saturday.

Narendra Kumar Sinha, Tourism Secretary, Government of India 
August 04, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Narendra Kumar Sinha, who is serving as Secretary – Culture, Government of India, has been temporarily appointed by the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet, following the superannuation of Dr Lalit K Panwar on July 31, 2015.

Goa Looks to Increase Tourists From Iran 
August 03, 2015 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa tourism department after popularizing monsoon tourism among Indian tourists is now turning its attention at international markets to expose them to monsoon delights. It is trying to attract Iranian tourists with various facets of monsoon tourism of Goa. It recently, hosted a familiarization (fam) trip for 18 travel and tour operators from Iran in association with Air Arabia, an exercise to market value-based monsoon tourism in the Middle East.

Absence of Policy Badly Affected Tourism in Mizoram CAG 
July 08, 2015 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

Development of tourism in Mizoram has been adversely affected by the absence of a state tourism policy as promotional measures have been undertaken without any roadmaps or targets, said a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Auto Drivers to be Tourism Ambassadors 
July 08, 2015 - www.newindianexpress.com
With an eye on creating a tourist-friendly local transportation, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has started engaging auto drivers. It commenced with a half-day training session on Saturday for 50 auto drivers plying in Chennai Central and Egmore stations.

Cries Grow Louder to Stop the Rape of Goa's Silver Sands 
July 06, 2015 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com

CRZ notifications of 1991 and 2011 were meant to protect livelihoods, promote economic activities and protect coastal ecology, but their lop-sided enforcement is raising a demand from activists and others for hard decisions to halt unplanned exploitation of beaches.

Assam Tourism to Develop Niche Tourism Products on PPP Mode 
April 27, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Assam Tourism is planning development of niche tourism products with the support of private investors in the state. The areas where the government is planning this development include star resorts and wayside amenities, river cruises, and Golf Tourism. According to V S Bhaskar, Additional Chief Secretary – Tourism & Transport Development, Government of Assam, the state government has already floated Expression of Interest (EoI) for appointment of a Transaction Advisor for working out a transparent Public-Private Partnership (PPP) system. “The Transaction Advisor will help us with the Request For Proposal (RFP) for private parties to come and invest in these niche products,” he added.

Nepal Earthquake 2015: Aftershocks Devastate Nepals Tourism Industry,Everest, Unesco Sites 
April 26, 2015 - www.ibtimes.com
Finding the millions of dollars needed to rebuild and help survivors recover from Saturday’s earthquake will be particularly challenging for Nepal because the catastrophe that killed more than 3,200 people has also devastated the country’s crucial tourism sector.

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