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Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
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Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
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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.

What Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi Stands To Gain From A Culinary School In Tirupati 
February 17, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Chiranjeevi's film persona is to heroically fight against the odds, but he too has succumbed to the first rule of being elected, which is to nurse your constituency with central projects. Tirupati elected him by a handsome margin in the 2009 Assembly polls, even as Palakollu in West Godavari district handed him a shock defeat.

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Plans Religious Harmony Tours 
February 17, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has come up with a tour package covering major pilgrim centres - titled God's own country, where gods live in harmony - to revive the diminishing charm of the state as a communally-tolerant society.

Now, Tourism Dept Nod Must For Beach Weddings 
February 17, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Organizing an event, including a wedding, on any beach in Goa, will now require the permission of only the tourism department. And fees will be charged depending on the size of the extravaganza.

Delhi Tourism To Set Up Wellness Centre At Garden Of Five Senses 
February 16, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) will set up a Wellness Centre at five-acre land adjoining Garden of Five Senses at Said-ul-Ajab in South Delhi.  He said that the process of identifying the concessionaire for the proposed Wellness Centre will begin soon.

Experts Discuss Flaws Of Indian Tourism Industry 
February 16, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
If various tourism experts of the country are to be believed, the Indian education system is blindly following Western tourism models and the research sector of the Indian tourism is the weakest.

Fledgeling Tourism Faces The Heat In Valley 
February 14, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Fourth generation houseboat owner Mohammad Azim Tuman, 75, was gearing up to host a fresh group of tourists when a curfew was imposed in the valley. Jittery Tuman immediately went into a huddle and decided to request the guests not to come even if it means losing some business.

Taj Mahotsava Not Doing Enough For Tourism 
February 14, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The annual 10-day Taj Mahotsava will begin from Feb 19, a day late, to enable a busy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to inaugurate it, an official said Thursday. But the move has angered the tourism industry here.

Travel Advisories By China, UK Unjustified, Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi says 
February 14, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
India will protest against travel advisories issued by the UK and China in the last two months dissuading their citizens from travelling to India. Tourism minister K Chiranjeevi on Wednesday said that the rape incidents were "unfortunate" but discouraging foreign tourists from coming to India was "unjustified."

Tourism Works For Cortalim Proposed 
February 13, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Environment and forest minister Alina Saldanha conducted site inspections alongwith officials on Tuesday for the purpose of perusing proposals to undertake development works for tourism in Cortalim constituency.

Thomas Cook Indias Centre Of Learning To Offer MBA In Tourism 
February 12, 2013 - www.business-standard.com
Centre of Learning, the educational wing of Thomas Cook (India), has formed an alliance with Pondicherry University to offer MBA in Tourism through Distance Learning. The course focuses on upgrading skill sets for a career in the travel & tourism industry. It has been approved by the joint committee of  Distance Education Council, All India Council of Technical Education, Association of Indian Universities and University Grants Commission.

Tourism Boom May Bust J&K Stir 
February 11, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Will tourism save Kashmir from large scale unrest in the aftermath of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging? A mix of strict but cautious policing and anticipation of a good tourist season ahead in the Valley has given government hope that the ongoing phase of unrest in Kashmir may pass off with minor hiccups.

'Mining And Tourism Divide Goans Today' 
February 10, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Goa held their first all Goa inter-collegiate debate competition on Saturday, in collaboration with RavindraBhavan, Margao, on the topic 'Tourism as a viable development strategy for Goa'.

Rickshaw Pullers Demand Help From Tourism Department 
February 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Cycle-rickshaw pullers, who face an existential crisis, want the tourism department to extend a helping hand to them so that they remain in the transport trade in Madurai, a popular destination for domestic and foreign travellers. the existence of rickshaws in Madurai, one of the traditionally and culturally old city.

'Kerala Tourism Needs Image Makeover'  
February 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
As the state tourism department working hard to attract more visitors to Kerala, the tourism lobby has suggested it is time to get a new brand identity for the state.

'Tourism In India An Economic Activity' Book Launched In New Delhi 
February 08, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
An economic activity' book was yesterday launched at the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)-run The Ashok, New Delhi. The book, authored by Anil K Bhandari and published by Har-Anand Publications, was launched by S K Misra, Chief Guest of the event. Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was the Guest of Honour.

Centre Praised M.P. For Development Of Tourism Infrastructure In State 
February 06, 2013 - www.newstrackindia.com
Union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi has complimented the Government of Madhya Pradesh for becoming the first State in the country to fully utilize plan funds released to them by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for the development of tourism infrastructure at various tourist sites in the State.

'Many Peak Periods In Tourism Season Needed' 
February 06, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The tourism department is aiming at big figures as it plans to increase tourist inflow to Goa.

Heritage Road Map To Boost State Tourism 
February 05, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
To make West Bengal the next tourism hub, the state tourism department will roll out a new tourism road map to promote cultural tourism and preserve heritage buildings in the state in the next six months, principal secretary, department of tourism, Vikram Sen, said on Monday. The state is considered the fourth most popular for domestic tourists and sixth for international tourists, according to the latest data by the ministry of tourism, government of India.

India Few Delays For Tourism  
February 04, 2013 - www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com
The strong lure to foreign visitors has endured through the global financial crisis, leveraging on India’s diverse offering of history, cultures and landscapes. Foreign tourist arrival (FTA) growth in 2011 was twice the global average at 8.9%, according to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), and further growth is expected to maintain a level of at least 7.5% per year in the decade ahead.

Big SP Donor Now Heads UP Tourism Body 
February 04, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
In February 2012, when the Samajwadi Party was in the middle of the crucial Assembly elections which would catapult it to power in Uttar Pradesh, it got notable financial help from unlikely quarters. Sudip Sen, a "Nazrulgeeti singer" from Kolkata, gave the party Rs 1.50 crore, becoming its largest donor in eight years.

Gay Parades, Parties Attract LGBT Tourists 
February 03, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
Delhi's rise as a "pink" destination can be attributed to the city's increasingly liberal attitude towards homosexuality and growing numbers of gay-friendly and gay-only restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Betla Abuzz With Tourists After A Decade 
February 03, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A decline in Maoist activities and presence of security forces in Latehar and Palamu districts have boosted tourism with Betla National Park recording unprecedented number of visitors after a decade in 2012.

Conservation Of Wetlands Must To Boost Eco-Tourism 
February 03, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
There is a rich bio-diversity in the wetlands in and around Lucknow. If preserved, it can boost the tourism potential of the state capital. On the occasion of World Wetlands Day observed every year on February 2, students of Lucknow University came to the above conclusions after carrying out a survey at eight different areas to find out the possibilities of conserving these wetlands, which will not only be a boom for the tourism, but will also protect the flora and fauna available there.

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).

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