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Sustainability is a choice – if we have the courage to make it 
September 27, 2017

Declaring 2017 as the year of Sustainable Tourism has once again served to highlight how unsustainable mainstream tourism..

 
India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768  treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cav..

 
Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
The Access to justice study was conducted in 2or6 to assess the ability of sexually exploited children to access the criminal judicial process in India...
 
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...

 
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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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.



Changing Lives of Tribals in Gujarat 
April 12, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com

Their lives are at the cusp of a change, courtesy project “Rainbow Hills” taken up by the Ahmedabad-based NGO




Tourism Industry to Generate Almost 6.5 mn Jobs By 2022 
April 11, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Employment opportunities in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in India will nearly double by the year 2022. These three segments together employed 6.96 million people in 2013, and are expected to provide employment to 13.44 million people over the next decade, according to the Human Resource and Skill Requirement Report by the Indian government. The report containing incremental human resource requirement across 24 sectors in the country was released by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, in Delhi.  



Alappuzha Beach to Host Sand Art Festival in April 
March 22, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
Come April, sand sculptures and paintings will adorn the picturesque Alappuzha beach. An international sand art competition, titled Sand Art Festival Alleppey (SAFA), is being jointly organised by the Tourism Department and the SAFA Foundation from April 18 to 26.



After Devastating Floods, J&K Tries to Woo Tourists 
March 18, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
People dependent on tourism for their livelihood were all gearing up to welcome visitors, like in the last couple of years with militancy on the decline. But they were in for a rude shock when the worst-ever floods devastated many parts of the state with Srinagar bearing the brunt of the natural calamity in early September.



Pilgrim's Progress, a Big Blow To Conservation 
March 17, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
It used to be called South Kailash with the sanctum sanctorum at a height of 6,000 feet (MSL) and involving a 5.4-km tough trek from the foothills. In winters, the temperature can go sub-zero.



High-Level Committee to Submit Action Plan Next Month for Promotion of Culture & Tourism in Varanasi 
March 16, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The government is setting up a coordination committee for the integrated promotion of tourism and culture in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, informed Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India. The Committee will submit its action plan report by April 15, 2015 and the same will be ready for implementation within the next three months.



'Goa Tourism Targeting Beach Shacks' 
March 14, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Beach shacks, the temporary thatched eateries, are licenced annually by the tourism ministry. They are synonymous with Goa's beaches and enormously popular with the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the state every year.



Kerala Budget Proposes Setting up Tourism Investment Promotion Board 
March 13, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The annual budget presented by K M Mani, Minsiter for Finance, Government of Kerala, in the Assembly proposed constitution of a Tourism Investment Promotion Board under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister.



Poor Facilities Appal Tourists 
March 13, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
The Arippara waterfalls in Thiruvambadi panchayat in the district is one of the most beautiful tourism destinations and probably the most visited place after the Thusharagiri waterfalls in the district. The natural falls, located a few kilometres away from Thiruvambadi town, is managed by the Tourism Department. Visited by over 1,000 people during the weekends throughout the season that starts from November, the destination, however, lacks facilities including proper road access, comfort stations or a tourism facilitation centre. This is when the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is collecting a good amount as entry fee from visitors besides parking fee for vehicles.



Gavi Eco-Tourism Package Becoming a Hit 
March 13, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
The day-long Gavi eco-tourism package launched by the District Tourism Promotion Council here is fast becoming a hit. DTPC sources said a total of 905 tourists, including foreigners, had visited the lush forests over the past six months.



Drink in her Hand, Toes in the Sand 
March 12, 2015 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Three surveys, conducted by travel websites HolidayIQ, TripAdvisor and MakeMyTrip, reveal that the majority of women travellers believe India is a safe place to travel in. In the results of the first two, Delhi is named as the most unsafe city. Trip Advisor’s survey found that foreign destinations are still perceived as being safer compared with Indian ones.



India Among most Popular Destinations for Muslim Travellers 
March 12, 2015 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Some 108 million Muslim travellers spent $145 billion globally in 2014. By 2020, the figure is expected to swell to 150 million travellers spending $200 billion, according to a new report that has noted that in 2014, India welcomed 1.4 Muslim visitors.



Vittala, Virupaksha Temples May get 'Adarsh Smarak' 
March 12, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
Virupaksha Temple and Vittala Temple complex in Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire and also the monument at Pattadkal in Bagalkot district would become part of the ‘Adarsha Smaraks’ in the country.



Tourism Panel Moots Brand Bengaluru 
March 12, 2015 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
After successfully creating an identity and then marketing Karnataka through the tagline ‘One State, Many Worlds’, now efforts are on to exclusively promote brand Bengaluru.



High Hopes on Budget, aid Expected for Tourism Sector 
March 10, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is expected to present the Budget on March 13 and the people are anxious — as usual since the district’s bifurcation from undivided Mysuru in 1997.



Intex Technologies Forays into Medical Tourism Sector 
March 10, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The company is aiming to provide healthcare services at affordable costs by integrating its offerings through a network of hospitals, Intex Technologies said in a statement.



Centre Proposes Cross-Cultural Linkages with 39 Indian Ocean Countries Under Project Mausam 
March 09, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Indian government has proposed to establish cross-cultural linkages and revive historic maritime cultural and economic ties under ‘Project Mausam’ with 39 Indian Ocean countries.



Rajasthan Taps Night Tourism 
March 08, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The tastefully illuminated Amber Fort, built by the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur city, is now opened for tourists every night. The new initiative has become a major attraction not only among tourists but also with locals.



78% Indian Women Feel the Country is Safe for Travel HolidayIQ 
March 07, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A healthy majority of Indian women feel safe to travel within the country. According to a survey recently conducted by HolidayIQ.com among 20,000 across the country, 78 per cent women of various age groups across the country feel India is a safe place to travel.



Call to Develop Better Tourism Infrastructure 
March 05, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Presiding over the inaugural function of a two-day national conference ‘Advanced and Innovations in Tourism and Hospitality Management’ organised by Mangalore University MBA department in Mangalagangothri on Thursday, he said even smaller countries have developed infrastructure and attract thousands of tourists per day and million dollars of income.



Centre Submits Revised List of Monuments & Sites for Inclusion in UNESCO World Heritage Site 
March 05, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India has submitted a revised tentative list of 46 famous monuments/sites for inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.



MoT comes up with Swadesh Darshan scheme for theme-based circuit development 
March 03, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has formulated a plan scheme Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes.



India, US to Set up Task Forces for Making Visakhapatnam, Allahabad & Ajmer Smart Cities 
February 28, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India and USA have agreed on taking quick measures for development of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), and Ajmer (Rajasthan) as smart cities. Issues relating to this development were discussed at a meeting between M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, and Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce, in New Delhi, as per a PIB release.



Govt to Focus on Heritage Sites to Boost Tourism 
February 28, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The “Varanasi Temple Town” will be incorporated in a list of India's heritage sites, which will receive special attention from the Centre. Jaitley also announced extending visa-on-arrival (VOA) facility to 150 countries, apparently seeking to attract more foreign tourists.



Union Budget 2015-16 Facilities at Cultural World Heritage Sites to be Restored 
February 28, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, has said that the facilities at India’s 25 cultural World Heritage Sites are deficient and require restorations. Presenting the Union Budget 2015-16 today, he proposed development of heritage sites such as churches and convents of Old Goa; Hampi, Karnataka; Kumbhalgarh and other hill forts of Rajasthan; Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat; Leh Palace, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir; Varanasi Temple town, Uttar Pradesh; Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab; and Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana, and inclusion of them among the Heritage Sites of the country.



Union Budget 2015-16 Proposal for Extending TVoA to 150 Countries in Stages 
February 28, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Presenting the Union Budget 2015-16 today, Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, proposed to extend Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) to 150 countries in stages. Last year, the same was extended to 43 countries. During January 2015, a total of 25,023 tourists arrived by availing of the TVoA enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). This is in comparison with the 1,903 TVoAs issued in January 2014, registering a growth of 1214.9 per cent. This high growth is due to introduction of ETA-enabled TVoA for 43 countries in November 2014, as per a PIB release. Prior to this scheme, the Indian government was offering TVoA sans ETA to 12 countries.



Delhi Proposes Inclusion of Imperial Capital Cities in UNESCO World Heritage List 
February 27, 2015 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Government of Delhi has proposed to UNESCO to include the state’s Imperial Capital Cities among the World Heritage Cities.



India, Bhutan & Nepal Agree on Regional Cooperation for Conservation of Kangchenjunga Landscape 
February 26, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Participants at recent the 3rd Regional Strategic Consultative Meeting, held at the Headquarters of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu (Nepal), for the Kangchenjunga Landscape stressed on the need for greater collaboration to protect the region’s rich biological and cultural diversity through strengthened partnerships and increased participation of people in the landscape.



Govt Forms Company to Promote Tourism 
February 25, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
KTIL?will be registered as a public limited company under the Companies Act, 2013 with the government equity of not more than 26 per cent and allowing the larger stake to private partners. For initial operations, the State government will be releasing Rs 6.5 crore followed by Rs three crore per annum for the next five years for project development activities.



June date for Mansarovar 
February 20, 2015 - www.telegraphindia.com
The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to Tibetan Autonomous Region through Nathu-la is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 21.



Sikkim Hamlet Starts Homestays to Woo Tourists 
February 19, 2015 - www.telegraphindia.com
People of a small hamlet of Yaakten in East Sikkim have joined hands to start community-based homestay tourism to improve their socio economic condition.



MoT Seeks Lowering of Infrastructure Slab for Tourism Industry to Rs 25 cr 
February 18, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In the run-up to the presentation of the Union Budget 2015-16, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, while putting forth demands of the tourism and hospitality industry to the Union Ministry of Finance, has sought lowering of the infrastructure-lending slab for the industry to Rs 25 crore from the current Rs 200 crore.



MoT Seeks Rs 3,000 cr Allocation for Tourism in Budget 2015-16 
February 17, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sought an allocation of Rs 3,000 crore in the upcoming Union Budget 2015-16. This demand, along with recommendations by Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), was put forward following a Pre-Budget Consultative Committee Meeting that was held in New Delhi last month.



AP Working on Tourism Policy for Investments of Rs 10,000 cr 
February 16, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government is working on a new tourism policy to attract investments worth Rs 10,000 crore by 2020. N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh, who held a review with officials on the tourism sector, told them to finalise a new policy by the end of the month.



Incidence of Swine Flu and Women Safety Concerns Hit Rajasthan Tourism 
February 16, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The recent alleged rape of a 20-year-old Japanese tourist near Mojamabad village in Rajasthan, and the death of a Swiss tourist-Anne Marie aged 70 in the state due to swine flu (H1N1 influenza) are deterring foreigners from visiting Rajasthan. According to an assessment by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the outbreak of swine flu in Rajasthan and Maharashtra is expected to result in a loss of Rs 5,500 crore to the tourism and aviation industries.



CAG?finds Flaws with Designing of Golden Chariot Tourism Project 
February 15, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The CAG’s report on public sector undertakings which was placed in the State legislature on Friday throws light on how the premier tourism project has become a loss-making venture.



Time to Tap Bridge Tourism in India 
February 15, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Bridges are like poem written on canvas of blue sky which brings joy. Can you imagine India without bridges? Can you imagine the world without bridges? What would the scenario look like in case there are no bridges? Bridges bring the people, communities, cultures, countries together. We have to see it as a pillar of development and prosperity.



'Goa Tourism Targeting Beach Shacks' 
February 14, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Beach shacks, the temporary thatched eateries, are licenced annually by the tourism ministry. They are synonymous with Goa's beaches and enormously popular with the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the state every year.



TGFI Calls for Central Tourism Act in the Wake of Jaipur Rape Incident 
February 13, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Tourist Guides’ Federation of India (TGFI) has urged the Central Tourism Department to enforce a Tourism Act for the country to administer and control the industry. In the wake of frequent incidents of atrocities involving foreign tourists in the country, including the recent alleged rape of a Japanese tourist in Jaipur by an unlicenced tourist guide, the Federation has decided to step up the demand for a National Tourism Act.



Chhattisgarh Tourism to Promote Walk with the Tribe Experience 
February 11, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) aims to promote the ‘Walk with the Tribe’ experience, whereby visitors can go on a nature walk with the learned and local tribal people who have been living there for years. Talking about the same, Santosh K Misra, Managing Director, CTB, said, “With 80 per cent biodiversity and significant natural abundance, a major focus will be on promoting the ‘Walk with the Tribe’ experience, unexplored tourism circuits, and development of collaboration between the locals and the State Tourism Department.



Kerala to Incentivise Tourism Industry During Visit Kerala Year 2015 
February 10, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Kerala government is considering major incentives for the tourism industry, especially hospitality industry, during the ‘Visit Kerala Year 2015’.  The state tourism department is planning to launch a major year-long campaign - ‘Visit Kerala Year’ -  to celebrate tourism in the state, commencing from mid-April, which coincides with Malayalam New Year.



2015 Declared as Madhya Pradesh Tourism Year 
February 09, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has declared 2015 as ‘Madhya Pradesh Tourism Year’, and during the course of the year, the state tourism board will hold roadshows in different cities and food festivals in different regions of India.



Dept Identifies 42 Beaches, 4 Islands for Tourism Devt 
February 07, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking after inaugurating Pilikula Nisargadhama Resort and Ayurveda Centre at Pilikula on Friday, Tourism Minister R V Deshpande said that the department has sought the relaxation of regulations based on the Swaminathan Committee report of 2005.



Goa Tourism to Develop 8 Properties on PPP Basis 
February 06, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a report by Suman Layak in Economic Times today, Goa’s government tourism agency is set to invite private sector participation to create marquee tourist attractions in Goa that can bring in high-spending tourists.



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