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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..

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.

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.

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.

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