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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.

Rs 50 Crore To Be Spent On Infrastructure Development In MP 
September 29, 2012 - travelbizmonitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Tukojirao Puar, Minister of Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has said 20 more buses are being started for new tourism destinations from this year, as per a TOI report.

Udaipur Hotels Face Demolition 
September 28, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
On September 27, the Rajasthan High Court ordered the demolition of 41 hotels, all encroaching upon Udaipur’s lakes and built in violation of an earlier court order.

Odisha Government To Enact New Tourism Policy Within 2 Months 
September 28, 2012 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
Odisha Government to enact new tourism policy within 2 months. This was informed by the Principal Secretary Ashok Kumar Tripathy.

Infrastructure priority for tourism: Ibobi 
September 27, 2012 - Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today said improvement of law-and-order situation, power and transport and communication facilities are prerequisites for development of tourism in the State.

Centre Dilutes Eco-Tourism Guidelines 
September 26, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
The Centre presented the new guidelines to regulate tourism in and around tiger reserves in the Supreme Court on September 27.

New Eco-Tourism Guidelines Likely To Favour Tourism Industry 
September 24, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
The government is about to finalise the new guidelines for tourism in tiger reserves even though there is no consensus among members of the panel set up to draft them.

Eco-Activists Want Limit On Taj Tourists  
September 23, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Environmentalists want a cap imposed on the number of visitors to the Taj Mahal, the epitome of Mughal heritage, citing concerns on the growing industrial and vehicular pollution threatening the equilibrium of the monument.

Resorts In Mullayyanagiri Continue To Flout Rules 
September 23, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The private company named KSS Hotels and Resorts Co. which had obtained permission to develop resort complex in 3561.71 sq ft area has violated the policy by encroaching the land and developing the complex in 4480 sq ft area.

Rs 5k crore Coastal Tourism Plan Ready Moily 
September 23, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
He said the Union government will initially release Rs 50 crore to each state.Moily said the project would be launched in the current fiscal. He was speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Congress party’s district workers.

Tourism To Get A Boost In Vizag 
September 23, 2012 - IBN Live- ibnlive.in.com
The state government on Thursday appointed  IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited as a consultant (transaction advisor) for the preparation of project reports and managing the bid process for identified tourist circuits in and around Visakhapatnam.

Central To Give Rs 50 cr For Tourism Development 
September 17, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking to newspersons  during his visit to the temple town on Monday, he said the Union Minister for Tourism has promised to release the funds in a meeting held at Bekal on Sunday. The tourism department will submit an estimate for the same. Measures have been taken to exploit the tourism potentials in the district.

Amarnath Yatra: An Open Letter To Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani 
September 15, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
GEELANI SAHEB, I would like to begin by assuring you that there are plenty of people in India who share your concern for the environmental damage being caused to the eco-sensitive zone due to the massive increase in the number of yatris who are visiting the Amarnath shrine in Kashmir.

Tourists Don’t Kill, Or Save, Tigers 
September 15, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
While a fresh panel of experts appointed this week by the Ministry of Environment and Forests has just 10 days to redraft the eco-tourism guidelines to safeguard the tiger so that the Supreme Court may lift the interim ban on tourists by the time reserves become accessible after the monsoon, these questions demand answers.

Rajasthan Drafts Its Own Wildlife Tourism Guidelines 
September 12, 2012 - Down To Earth- www.downtoearth.org.in
At a time when the Centre is reviewing its guidelines for regulating tourism in and around tiger reserves under the watchful eyes of the Supreme Court, the Rajasthan government has gone ahead and announced its own eco-tourism guidelines.

Kerala woos Global Investors To Set Up Shop In Eco-Sensitive Areas 
September 11, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
A global investors meet in Kochi this week has kicked up raging controversy. 'Emerging Kerala 2012' invites potential investors to explore business opportunities in the state and will showcase 232 projects in 26 sectors.

Tourism Sector Needs To Be Sustained 
September 10, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tourism is the biggest catalyst for change in Kerala and industry watchers are optimistic enough to say that Kerala had already 'emerged', as far as tourism is concerned, at the turn of the century.

Minister Woos Hotels With Infra Industry Status 
September 07, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai promised representatives of the hotel and restaurant sector that he would acquire for them the "much-required infrastructure industry status".

Sex, Lies And Work On The Sly 
September 05, 2012 - Fountain Ink - fountainink.in
All you can see from a distance is a long, waxen leg with black stiletto heel peeping out from between two parked cars in a by-lane off South Mumbai’s famed Apollo Bunder Road near the Gateway of India.

The Tourist Isn’t An Endangered Animal 
September 03, 2012 - Outlook India - www.outlookindia.com
The media splash—exemplified by a hyper-ventilating Guardian report following the Supreme Court’s July 2012 interim order suspending tourism in some tiger reserves—has convinced the public that all wildlife tourism activity in India stands permanently abolished.

No Mobile Connection To Foreign Tourists For More Than 3 Months: Govt 
September 03, 2012 - IBN Live - www.ibnlive.in.com
As per guidelines that were made effective only recently, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked service providers to not provide mobile connections exceeding 3 months to foreign tourists in the country.

Trafficking Of Thai Women In Goa Salons 
September 03, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The Goa Police is on the trail of an international trafficking gang which has been “supplying” young Thai women to work as masseurs and hair-stylists and forced to moonlight as sex workers.

Rajasthan Ready With Tiger Conservation Norms 
August 31, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A day after the Supreme Court invited suggestions and objections for framing guidelines for conservation of tigers, Rajasthan on Thursday came up with its own guidelines, the first state to do so.

Ban On Tiger Tourism To Continue; Centre Asked To Frame Guidelines 
August 30, 2012 - NDTV - www.ndtv.com
Extending the ban on tourism in core tiger reserve areas till September 27, the Supreme Court today indicated it was not averse to permit regulated tourist activities, subject to the Centre evolving suitable revised guidelines to protect the dwindling tiger population.

Supreme Court Gives Centre Time Till September 27 To Review Tiger Tourism Guidelines  
August 30, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
The Supreme Court has given the Centre four more weeks to reconsider its guidelines on tourism in and around tiger reserves.

Cabinet Nod For Ban On Hiring Children Below 14  
August 28, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal for amending the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, to ban employment of children aged up to 14 in any form of industry.

Tour Operators' Pench Proposal Glosses Over Govt Norms On Tiger Tourism 
August 26, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Lease out 150 sq km of prime forest land to private tourism companies next to a prominent tiger reserve for 50 years.

Caught In The Fire 
August 25, 2012 - The Times of India Crest Edition - www.timescrest.com
Mobile phones were on vibrate mode and buzzing with activity. Open-top jeeps idled under the diaphanous early-morning light streaming through the canopy in the deep jungle. The air was tense and tight with expectation. Cameras were on the ready with itchy fingers on triggers.

At The Core Of The Debate 
August 24, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
As the Supreme Court extends the ban on tourism in tiger reserves, a report by the research group Equations demolishes certain myths about benefits to the local people from the kind of high end resorts around parks, and also points to the lack of debate on the rights of forest dwellers.

20 Structures At Colva To Be Razed Today 
August 24, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Salcete deputy collector and sub divisional magistrate, Dasharath Redkar, has said that 20 structures on Colva beach, which had been identified as encroachments, and would be demolished on Friday morning at 9.30am.

Adventurous Tourism 
August 24, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Adventure Tourism is one of the emerging segments of travel in India.

Sea Tourism 
August 24, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Government of India has approved the Cruise Shipping Policy in June 2008.

Resort Under Construction Near Wildlife Sanctuary In Maharashtra 
August 23, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The resort is being built just four kms from the Pitezhari Gate of the sanctuary since sometime, right under the nose of the forest authorities in the area, sources said.

Funds For Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan And Tribal Sub-Plan 
August 23, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
As per the guidelines of Planning Commission, Ministry of Tourism (MOT) has earmarked 2.5% of its total budget outlay amounting to Rs.27.50 Crore during 2011-12 and Rs.30.25 Crore during 2012-13 for Tribal Development under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP).

MoEF Takes A U-Turn On Tourism Ban In Core Of Tiger Reserves 
August 22, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A month after the Supreme Court relied on the government's guidelines to ban tourism in core areas of tiger reserves, making popular destinations like Corbett National Park out of bounds for wildlife enthusiasts, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Tuesday did an about turn, telling the court that it needed to re-think the guidelines.

Study Twist To Debate On Ban On Tourism In core Of Tiger Reserves 
August 22, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Data from a published research shows that less than 0.001% people living in vicinity of tiger reserves are employed in resort and tourism business, and even those who are engaged have low-paying jobs like gardening and housekeeping.

Environment Ministry Backtracks On Ban On Tiger Tourism 
August 21, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
In a sudden change of stance on banning tourism in core tiger habitats of the country, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has sought a review of its own guidelines on the same.

Tourism Ministry Has No data On Pilgrims 
August 21, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja Tuesday said the tourism ministry has informed her that it does not compile data on the number of pilgrims or tourists visiting Amarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath.

MP Seeks Lifting Of Ban On Tourism In Core Areas Of Tiger Reserves 
August 20, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
After notifying the buffer zone in Panna sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh forest department officials have filed their reply in affidavits in the apex court, seeking lifting of interim ban imposed on tourism in the core areas of tiger reserve.

Plantation Land For Tourism 
August 20, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
One of the last acts of former president Pratibha Patil while she was in office was to accord her assent to the amendment of the Kerala Land Reforms Act.

Wellness Tourism 
August 17, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Wellness Tourism is one of the growing segments of travel to India. Ministry of Tourism does not compile data on foreign tourist arrivals for Wellness tourism.

PMO Pushes For Boost To Tourism Sector 
August 16, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - www.pib.nic.in.com
An Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee for Tourism Sector set up by the Government under the chairmanship the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, had its second meeting in the Prime Minister's Office on 13th August, 2012.

Russian, Israeli Tourists More Of Menace To Goa: Faleiro 
August 14, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Tourists from Russia and Israel to India cause more menace than benefit to the tourism scenario in Goa, a former union minister of state for external affairs said Tuesday.

Six Questions To Fix The Mess 
August 14, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
The Supreme Court’s interim ban on tiger tourism and ultimatum to states on buffer notification has divided the so-called green constituency like never before.

Centre Nod For Tiger Safari In Ranthambhore 
August 09, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A tiger safari may soon be launched at the Ranthambhore tiger reserve with the big cats in large enclosures for the tourists to see them easily. The Centre has in principal agreed for the proposal.

Tourism In Tiger Reserves Must Reinvent Itself 
August 08, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The temporary halt to tourism in core zones of tiger reserves is a wake-up call to an industry that has grown rapidly and become disruptive in some places.

Himachal Bags Award For Adventure Tourism 
August 07, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Himachal Pradesh has been awarded as 'Best State for Adventure Tourism Destination.' State chief secretary Sudripta Roy said that the award would be given to Himachal Pradesh on August 18 at New Delhi.

EIH To Rethink Kabini Project In Karnataka 
August 07, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Hospitality major EIH Ltd Tuesday said it would “rethink” its upcoming Kabini jungle lodge project in Karnataka as it is facing uncertainty.

Ministry Of Tourism Facilitates Adoption Of Ten ASI Manuments Under Campaign Clean India. 
August 03, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism has facilitated the adoption of ten important Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) monuments by Institutes of Hotel Management (IHM) and Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management under Campaign Clean India.

Samithi Flays ‘Tiger Reserve,’ Cong Clarifies 
August 03, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking to media persons at the protest venue, Karkala former MLA Sunil Kumar alleged that the project would displace nearly 4,000 to 5,000 families from the area. He demanded that the Central government should immediately withdraw the project.

Kanheri Caves Made Part Of ‘Clean India’ Campaign 
August 03, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The Kanheri Caves here have been made part of the government’s Clean India campaign.

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