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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.

MTDC To Train Cabbies To Make Mumbai Tourist-Friendly 
February 01, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
In a bid to make the megapolis more tourist-friendly, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will soon embark on inculcating soft skills to taxi drivers, a top official said here.

Global Tourist Numbers Breach 1-Billion Mark In 2012 UNWTO 
January 30, 2013 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
International tourist arrivals grew by four per cent to 1.035 billion in the past 12 months, and the Asia-Pacific region posted the highest increase of 6.5 per cent in foreign visitors to reach 14 million, stated the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

International Conclave To Promote Buddhist Tourism In Odisha 
January 30, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Buddhist scholars and monks from across the world are scheduled to participate in the ensuing international conference on Buddhist heritage of Odisha at Udayagiri in Jajpur district on February 1.

JLR Resort Continues Operations In Violation Of Green Norms 
January 15, 2013 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
For the last seven years, the Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), a subsidiary of the Tourism department has also been found flouting all rules and carrying out commercial activities at its beach resort on Devbagh Island.

LGBT Tourism Online Training For Travel Agents Launched At WTM 2012 
January 14, 2013 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Destinations at the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Tourism marketing have developed the first ever specialist LGBT online training for travel agents and tour operators, and the same was launched at World Travel Market (WTM) 2012 where the first ever LGBT Pavilion was put up.

Four Offshore Casinos To Be Moved Out 
December 16, 2012 - goanewsonline-www.goanewsonline.com
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar said the four offshore casinos presently operating in Mandovi river would be moved out, and the citizens of Panaji would be free from the related problem.

PWD's Gift To Tourists New Lane On NH 17 To Beach Belt 
December 12, 2012 - goanewsonline-www.goanewsonline.com
The PWD is widening four kilometres of the NH 17 from the Mandovi bridge to the O'Coqueiro junction in a bid to reduce traffic jams and accidents on the busy stretch.

Tourism In Jarawa Buffer, Officially 
November 30, 2012 - www.downtoearth.org.in
THE Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration is set to modify a notification to allow small tourism and commercial activities around a reserve inhabited by the Jarawas. At present, a 2007 notification prohibits such activities within five km of the reserve area. This is to protect the primitive tribe of the Andamans.

Kanha, Pench Tiger Reserves Halve Number Of Vehicles Allowed 
November 19, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserves have cut down the number of vehicles allowed by half, directly affecting locals who work as guides, operate Gypsys and run small businesses near reserves. The move is set to render many locals who work in private resorts unemployed. In Kanha, until last season, the carrying capacity was 280 vehicles per day from two gates, Khatia and Mukki.

Bekal To Get An Airstrip To Boost Tourism 
November 17, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Bekal Tourism Authority (BTA) is planning to develop an airstrip at Bekal in Kerala for easy accessibility to tourists from Mangalore and Goa airports, as per a TOI report.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Adopting 360-Degree Approach 
November 15, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Madhya Pradesh (MP) has a unique heritage, wildlife, pilgrimage cities like Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Chitrakoot and Amarkantak, spectacular natural beauty, pleasant climate, colourful tribals, and festivals.

Can Foreigners Take Up Jobs On Visiting Visa  
November 14, 2012 - goanewsonline - www.goanewsonline.com
The Sernabatim Tourism Taxi Owners Association have demanded to know from the police whether foreigners on visiting visa can take up employment or business during their stay in the state.

MoCA Proposes Bilateral Negotiations With ME And SE Asian Countries For Fresh Traffic Right 
November 12, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Announcing the new international traffic rights for Indian carriers for the next three seasons, beginning winter 2012, Ajit Singh, Minister for Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India proposed fresh negotiations for additional traffic rights on international routes, where current bilateral agreements have almost been exhausted.

UP Tourism Trains 350 Local Guides Exclusively For Varanasi  
November 09, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
For the first time ever, Uttar Pradesh (UP) Tourism is training a fresh batch of local tourist guides exclusively for Varanasi. According to Avinash Mishra, Deputy Director, UP Tourism, the training and licensing process is happening in Varanasi and Allahabad in view of the upcoming Kumbh fair.

Balmer Lawrie To Support Training Of 100 Girls In Travel And Tourism Operations 
November 08, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Balmer Lawrie Tours & Travel, the dedicated travel and tourism wing of  Balmer Lawrie Co Ltd., a public sector company under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, will support training of 100 underprivileged girl students in travel and tourism operations as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

India Will Require 200 Airports For General Aviation By 2020 AAI 
November 07, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Looking at the burgeoning demand for air travel in India, V P Agarwal, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI), said, “India would require 200 airports by 2020 for general aviation purpose.”

Indian Medical Tourism Can Contribute 25% To GDP In Next Five Years IMTCA 
November 03, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Medical Tourism segment in India can contribute around 25 per cent to the country's GDP over the next five years if its potential is tapped, said Varsha Lafargue, Founder and Chairperson, Indian Medical Tourism Conference and Alliance (IMTCA).

MP Tourism Signs Nine MoU's At Global Investors Summit 2012 
November 02, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The third edition of the Global Investors Summit, a three-day biennial event that concluded on October 30, 2012, organised by Madhya Pradesh government in Indore to attract domestic and foreign investments for state development, saw measures being adopted to boost the tourism potential of the state. At the summit, the State Tourism Department signed nine Memorandums of Understanding (MoU’s) worth Rs 1,192.96 crore in total.

MTDC, ASI Sign MoU For Conservation Of 158 Forts 
October 29, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and the Maharashtra Forest Department have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conserve and develop 158 forts in the state. Many forts fall in areas declared 'protected' by the forest department and the stringent rules have made it difficult to carry out any restoration, repair or conservation work at these forts.

Temples In Sanctuaries May Have To Share Revenue With Forest Dept 
October 27, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Both sectors, which were earlier unregulated, are now expected to come under stringent government oversight.Religious places such as the Biligiri Ranganatha temple in the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, the Himavat Gopalaswamy temple in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and several other temples, typically witness a large influx of devotees.

Karnataka Forest Department To Not Allow Tourists To Stay In Forest Guest Houses 
October 26, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Karnataka Forest Department has taken a decision to ban tourists from staying in forest guest houses in the Tiger Reserves of the state. There are old forest bungalows in Nagarhole and Bandipur that are given out to tourists on a regular basis. Now, the department has said that only officials on duty can stay in these guest houses maintained by the forest department, according to a report by Amit S Upadhye in the Deccan Chronicle.

GTDC Plans To Get Private Players To Participate In Operations 
October 25, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is looking to involve private players in its operations, said Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, GTDC, adding that he did not want to ask the government for money, either for upgradation of the corporation's properties, or for the introduction of new Adventure Tourism ventures such as zorbing (globe-riding), sea planes, hot air ballooning, and paragliding, according to a report in The Times of India.

Kerala Witnesses Fall In FTAs 
October 25, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A sharp decline in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) is causing concern in the tourism industry of Kerala. The declining trend that started a few years ago continues unabated due to recession, escalating airfares and continuous rains during tourist seasons, according to a report by Aravindan in The Hindu Business Line.

Tamil Nadu Looking At Community-Based Ecotourism In Tiger Reserves 
October 25, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Following the Supreme Court (SC) of India’s order that all tourism activities in Tiger Reserves be undertaken in accordance with the notifications on tiger conservation issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), along with the active involvement of traditional forest dwellers,

MP Violates NTCAs Rule Of Tiger Tourism In 20% Of Core Area 
October 23, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Within days of the Supreme Court (SC) of India’s order lifting ban on tourism in Tiger Reserves, the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government has asked Tiger Reserve directors to allow tourism in Tiger Reserves as per the carrying capacity of core areas decided by the forest department on December 26, 2007.

Will The SC Get Into The Zone? 
October 20, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
THE INTERIM ban on tourism in core tiger forests will enter its 12th week when the Supreme Court convenes for the next hearing on 16 October. While the resumption of safari tourism in parts of core reserves is expected soon, suspense continues over what mitigation and punitive measures the court will come up with to regulate pollution, use of natural resources and land use (construction) at the edge of the forest.

Lifting Of Ban On Tiger Tourism Will Not Impact Tiger Conservation NTCA 
October 20, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The lifting of the ban on tourism in core areas of Tiger Reserves by the Supreme Court (SC) of India will not affect the ongoing process of tiger conservation, said Rajesh Gopal, Member Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

SC Lifts Ban On Tiger Tourism 
October 16, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Giving a major respite to the travel and tourism industry in the country, the Supreme Court of India (SC) today lifted the ban on Tourism in the core areas of the Tiger Reserves. The SC had ordered an interim ban on tourism activities in the core areas of Tiger Reserves in India on July 24, 2012 while hearing a special leave petition filed by Ajay Dubey, a Bhopal-based social activist.

MoT To Organise International Travel Mart For North East In January Next Year 
October 16, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In its endeavour to showcase North East India in the international market and promote the region, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will organise an International Travel Mart for the Northeastern states in Guwahati, Assam in January next year. The tentative dates for the maiden North East Travel Mart are January 18, 19, 20, 2013

Tiger Conservation Guidelines Do Not Promote Sustainable Tourism 
October 16, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The comprehensive guidelines for tiger conservation and tourism issued by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on October 15, was highly “tiger centric”.The guidelines were also in violation of the Forest Rights Act, the Wildlife Protection Act and the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, according to Swathi Seshadri of Equations (Equitable Tourism Options).

Aviation Ministry To Conduct Study For Finding Ways To Promote Regional Connectivity 
October 15, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Acknowledging that regional airlines have not succeeded so far in India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to examine the reasons and the steps needed to be taken to promote regional connectivity, as per an Indian Express report.

Its Not Just About A Good Holiday 
October 15, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
The devil is in the detail. When land is held in public trust, the question of who constitutes the public needs clarity. In India’s protected areas this question has become pertinent in light of the Supreme Court’s interim decision on tourism.

Activists Stage Protest As CoP Visitors Tee Off 
October 15, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The golf tournament organized by the Hyderabad Golf Association (HGA) and the AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) for CoP-11 delegates saw "active participation" from not just the visitors but also local activists and environmentalists.

India And Bulgaria To Explore Cooperation In Tourism Sector 
October 15, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
India and Bulgaria will explore the possibilities of cooperation in Tourism Sector. This was decided at a meeting held between Tourism Minister of Bulgaria Mr. Delian Dobrev and Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai here today.

Talks To End APTDC Strike Fail, Stalemate Continues 
October 14, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Talks initiated by the AP Tourism Development Corporation to end stalemate in the operation of its resorts and other facilities in the agency areas of the district due to the strike by the contract tribal employees and guides failed on Saturday.

Goa Tourism Scrutinises Application For Beach Shacks 
October 13, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Goa Tourism Department has begun scrutinising the applications received from shack owners for the allotment of shacks for the forthcoming tourism season. The last date for receiving applications for allotment was October 10, 2012, and the department has received a total of 906 applications, competing for 329 beach shack allotments. North Goa will be permitted 223 beach shacks, while South Goa will have 106 beach shacks.

Cruise-Passenger Facilitation Centre 
October 13, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Home to the sole full-fledged international marina in India, Kochi now has another feather in her cap - a cruise-passenger facilitation centre.While the marina hosts yachts, the cruise facilitation centre will help tourists who travel across the oceans in cruise ships. The centre that cost nearly Rs.7 crore was inaugurated on Friday by K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs.

Tourism Secretary Mathew Samuel 'Shunted' Out? 
October 13, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The sudden removal of IAS officer Mathew Samuel as tourism secretary has raised eyebrows in administrative circles, but tourism minister Dilip Parulekar insisted the transfer was a "regular exercise".

ITDC, NIPS School Of Hotel Management To Train Underprivileged Youth In WB 
October 13, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
To give jobs to underprivileged youth and meet the ever-expanding manpower requirement of the hospitality industry, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has tied-up with a Kolkata-based private institute to offer free training programmes, according to The Times of India report.

SASS Moves Apex Court Against NTCA Move To Restrict Pilgrim Movement In PTR 
October 12, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajom (SASS) has moved the Supreme Court of India against the proposal of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to restrict pilgrim movement through Tiger Reserves, including the Periyar Tiger Reserve that houses Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, by introducing new guidelines for Project Tiger and tourism.

Study Reveals India Not Among Top 20 Tourist Destinations In The World  
October 11, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India does not figure among the top 20 tourist destinations in the world, and its foreign tourist arrivals are just one-tenth of its neighbour China, revealed a study commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The report, Competitiveness of Tourism Sector in India with Selected Countries of the World, undertaken by ACNielsen ORG-MARG, revealed that lack of hygiene, poor infrastructure and high population density are the major concerns of tourists who responded to the survey.

Odisha To Avail IFC's Technical Expertise For PPP Projects 
October 11, 2012 - Business-Standard - www.business-standard.com
The Odisha government is poised to ink a pact with International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of World Bank, to avail IFC’s technical expertise for projects to be implemented on the public private partnership (PPP) mode.

Goa To Start Mechanised Cleaning Of Beaches 
October 09, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Goa's beaches, which attract thousands of tourists annually, will no longer be cleaned manually. Large cleaning machines are being acquired by the state government to clear the beaches, said Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa, according to a report by IANS.

Insolvencies Up In Hospitality And Leisure 
October 08, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector was one of the hardest hit by corporate insolvencies this year. According to the latest findings from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), insolvencies have risen within the sector from 1,304 to 1,464 in the past 12 months, according to a report by Travel Mole.

MPSTDC To Develop 11 Royal Properties As Tourist Spots 
October 08, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) is looking at acquiring ancient palaces and other royal properties in different locations across the state. "We are looking to acquire 11 royal properties in different locations including Ujjain and Ratlam. Once acquired, these properties will be developed for tourism purpose," said Mohan Yadav, Chairman, MPSTDC.

Air Kerala Will Take Off April 14: Chandy 
October 08, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
It (Air Kerala) will be airborne April 14. The only question is whether the first flight will be an international or domestic one. Next month, we will be applying to the director general of civil aviation with the preliminary capital of Rs. 100 crore, which we will raise by then," Chandy, who is convalescing after a leg injury, told IANS during an exclusive chat.

ITB Asia To Include Responsible Tourism Initiative In This Years Event 
October 07, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Messe Berlin, the organiser of ITB Asia - The Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market - recently said that it was committed to promote social responsibility in tourism through the Responsible Tourism initiatives undertaken for this year's conference.

Govt Will Ensure Animal Corridors Are Made Legal Entities Environment Minister 
October 06, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment & Forests, Government of India, recently said that the government will take necessary steps to ensure that animal corridors in the country are made legal entities so that wildlife protection laws are legally enforceable. She said that wildlife protection is a high-priority area for the government, and that the Centre would make ensure local communities living around the sanctuaries are part of the conservation effort.

Ban In Core Areas Of Tiger Reserves Will Hit Tourism Pune Tour Operators 
October 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Supreme Court's interim ban on tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves is expected to affect the niche segment of wildlife tourists, wildlife enthusiasts as well as inbound travelers that visit India for its tiger reserves, said city-based tour operators that offer wildlife tourism.

Tourism Rules In Tiger Reserves violate Wildlife & Forest Act: National Tiger Conservation Authority Members 
October 03, 2012 - Economic Times - economictimes.indiatimes.com
The guidelines for tourism in tiger reserves submitted to the Supreme Court may be in violation of the Forest Rights Act and the Wildlife Protection Act. Ahead of Wednesday's hearing in the Supreme Court, two members of the panel have written to environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan expressing their concerns about the draft.

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