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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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In Tiger Reserves, Tourists Are Not The Core Issue 
August 02, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
In an order that will have far reaching consequences, the Supreme Court imposed a blanket ban on tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves with immediate effect on July 24.



Relocation Plan To Nowhere Land 
August 01, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
For a tribe that was forbidden from ploughing the earth by religious tenets and had a special ceremony to mark the death of a person killed by a tiger, the Baiga face eviction from the forest.



Tiger Reserved 
July 31, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Business in Khatia village on the border of Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh starts as early as 2.30 am. Tour operators crowd the yet-to-open ticket counter at the entry gate. Gypsies carrying drowsy tourists start queuing up, jostling to be ahead of each other. Restaurants and shops open to serve the tourists. As soon as dawn breaks, Khatia resembles a crowded marketplace. All this is to ensure that tourists do not return disappointed. They must see a tiger.



Ban On Tourists No Boon For Tigers 
July 31, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The recent ban by the Supreme Court on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves in India raises some fundamental questions



SC Order On Tiger Reserves Will Not Affect Tourism, Says Ministry 
July 30, 2012 - Live Mint - www.livemint.com
The tourism ministry doesn’t see the Supreme Court’s decision to ban tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves having an impact on the industry as lodge owners and tour guide associations step up lobbying against the move.



Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation To Explore Untouched Mithbav 
July 30, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will turn the pristine beach destination called Mithbav in Sindhudurg into a tourist spot, complete with a dam for water supply, a couple of resorts, business and convention centres, basic amenities as well as a golf course.



Growth Of Tourism Inevitable For Development Of : Minister 
July 29, 2012 - Mathrubhumi - www.mathrubhumi.com
Growth of Tourism was inevitable for the comprehensive development of Kerala, Minister of state for Food Prof K V Thomas today said.



Sex Tourism Active In Mangalore Karanth 
July 29, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Addressing a press meet here on Monday, he said “our name has been falsely implicated in the incident. Whenever, any attacks take place, the name of Sangha Parivar and its organisations are attached to it. We will not tolerate any such attempt to tarnish our image.”



The Big,Blurry Picture 
July 28, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
THE ADVANTAGE of any blanket policy is that the question whether it will fit does not arise. It is also expected to keep a lot under wraps.



Now Tiger Project Will Evict Villagers 
July 28, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Union Minister Jairam Ramesh’s statement on Tiger project and inclusion of Kudremukh National Park in the project has brought in fear in the minds of the villagers.



Saving Tiger, Tourism Can Go On Together Sahay 
July 28, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay Saturday said a roadmap will be chalked out so that both tourism and conservation of tigers can be carried out simultaneously.



One Child Abused Every Three Days In Goa, Says CM 
July 27, 2012 - Mid-Day - www.mid-day.com
One minor has been abused every three days in Goa until June this year, while in 2011 one child was abused every four days, according to statistics tabled today in the Goa legislative assembly.



What Exactly Constitutes Ecotourism 
July 27, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
What exactly constitutes ecotourism is the question thrown up by the Supreme Court’s interim order banning tourism in core tiger areas.


Australia Issues Travel Advisory For India's North Eastern States 
July 26, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Issuing a new advisory yesterday, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said, "We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the north-eastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur because of the risk of armed robbery, kidnapping, extortion and terrorism-related incidents.



Court Order Halts Tourism In 5 Tiger Reserves 
July 26, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Following the Supreme Court ban, the Department of Forests has stopped all tourism activities in the core areas of tiger reserves in Bandipur, Nagarahole, Anshi-Dandeli, Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple (BRT) and Bhadra wildlife ranges.



Govt Oversight Needed In Religious Tourism 
July 26, 2012 - The Asian Age - www.asianage.com
Environmentalists are demanding greater environmental management of religious tourism.



Rs 52 Crore As Central Financial Assistance For Promoting Tourism In Goa 
July 26, 2012 - TThe Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa government has availed Rs 52 crore as central financial assistance for promoting tourism in the state, said tourism minister Dilip Parulekar in written reply to assembly.



SC Ban On Tourism In National Parks: Guides, Hotel Owners Worried 
July 25, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The tiger town of Sawai Madhopur is in disbelief over the Supreme Court order banning tourism in the core areas of national parks in the country. The little town thrives only on account of tiger tourism that gives livelihood to many like the guides, drivers to the chain of hotels and the handicraft industry.



SC Order No Entry To Muthodi Forest 
July 25, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
In response to the report on the parties ‘Nature camp turns into ‘messy’ that was published in Deccan Herald on Monday, Bhadra Wildlife Reserve Department Conservator of Forest Krishna Udupudi has ordered for a ban on any human activities within Muthodi nature camp zone with effect from July 22, in accordance with the Supreme Court order.



Deport Foreigners Tending Goa Bars Sans Work Visas 
July 25, 2012 - www.thaindian.com
Foreign nationals tending bars in Goa without work visas should be deported, a BJP legislator said Wednesday.Michael Lobo, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Calangute, said there were several instances in his constituency where bars and restaurants were being illegally manned by foreigners who were in India on tourist visas.



Goa To Spend Rs.36 Crore To Battle Sea Erosion 
July 25, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The Goa government will spend Rs.36 crore to save the popular Sinquerim-Baga beach stretch in north Goa from sea erosion.



SC Bans Tourism In Core Areas Of Tiger Reserves 
July 24, 2012 - IBNlive - www.ibnlive.in.com
In a big victory for conservationists, the Supreme Court on Tuesday banned tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves.



Workshop On ‘Eco-Tourism’ Concludes At Kotagiri 
July 24, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The need to promote responsible tourism in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountains (the Nilgiri hills) was emphasised at a two-day workshop on ‘Eco-tourism’ which ended at Kotagiri on Friday.



Russian, Israeli Enclaves In Goa Will Not Be Tolerated, Says Manohar Parrikar 
July 23, 2012 - India Today - www.indiatoday.intoday.in
Goa government has decided to put a stop on Russians and Israelis forming their colonies in the state and trying to have monopoly over the place where they stay.



Tourism Department To Make Kovalam A Garbage-Free Destination 
July 23, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A project, planned as part of tourism department's 'Kerala waste free destination' campaign, to make Kovalam a garbage free tourism destination, is awaiting government clearance.



Bekal Project Termed A Flop 
July 20, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Bekal Special Tourism Area could not achieve its aims after being in implementation for 20 years, the report of a fact-finding mission taken up by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has said.



14 Mega Tourism Projects For J&K Cleared 
July 17, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Centre has sanctioned 14 mega tourism projects worth Rs 73.50 crore for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) during the last three months with the aim of creating tourist-related infrastructure and conserving heritage sites.



TN To Introduce 2 Tour Packages On Monday 
July 16, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) on Monday will introduce two seasonal tour packages - a five-day 108 Amman temples tour covering various temples in the state and a one-day Sakthi tour covering temples in and around Chennai.



A Holiday In Bad Air 
July 15, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Andrew Blackwell is a travel writer who does not have a taste for places mentioned in Lonely Planet. His wanderlust takes him to places, which might revolt many.



World's 'Best' Consultant To Draw Up Goa's Tourism Plan 
July 15, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The government has decided to appoint a consultant to prepare the master plan to enhance and bring about quality tourism in the state.



Resorts Around Tiger Parks To Pay 10% Tax  
July 13, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
All tourist operators within 5km of all 600-plus tiger reserves, national parks, sanctuaries and wildlife corridors in the country will soon have to fork out a minimum of 10% of their turnover as “local conservation fee”. The charge will be used not only to protect wildlife areas but also to provide financial assistance to communities and people living around these green patches.



State Government Review Goa's Tourism Policy : Goa Development Council 
July 13, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa 2035 Vision and Road Map prepared by the Goa Golden Jubilee Development Council (GGJDC) has recommended that the state government review Goa's tourism policy and evaluate its impact on the Goan culture and heritage.


The Paradox Of Ecotourism 
July 13, 2012 - Live Mint - www.livemint.com
Amitabh Bachchan, standing on the moonlike surface of the Rann of Kutch, says: “Aapne Kutch nahin dekha, to kucch nahin dekha (If you haven’t seen Kutch, you haven’t seen anything).”



Levy Cess To Check Tourism's Externalities 
July 12, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Making a strong case for the need to redirect tourism's focus in the state, the 'Goa 2035 Vision and Road Map' has recommended a cap on licences to construct or expand tourist-related facilities in North Goa.



Anti-Child Labour Drive In Hyderabad's Ranga Reddy District 
July 11, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Social activists and the concerned government authorities announced the start of a month-long programme to rid Ranga Reddy (RR) district of child labour completely. Speaking at a child labour awareness meeting held here on Sunday, officials said they would kick-start the progamme at Vanasthalipuram and visit all the areas in RR district within next one month.



Wildlife Tour Operators, Resorts To Shell Out Conservation Fee 
July 11, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Hoteliers and tour operators who have been cashing in on wildlife tourism without bothering about local communities and resources might finally have to part with a good share of their profit for wildlife and forest dwellers.



Kerala Tourism Launches Mobile-Based Services For Tourists  
July 11, 2012 - Mathrubhumi - www.mathrubhumi.com
Thiruvananthapuram: Reiterating its pre-eminence as a tech-savvy tourism board in the country, Kerala today launched a host of path-breaking mobile-based services and IT-enabled projects to further enhance the travel experience of visitors to God's Own Country.



Govt To Set Up Second Panel To Rework Report On Western Ghats 
July 10, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The government has decided to set up another committee comprising central and state government experts to review the controversial report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) after several states vehemently objected to the recommendations.



Uttar Pradesh Ranks First In Domestic Tourist Arrivals 
July 08, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
According to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India data, the number of domestic tourist visits (DTVs) to the states and union territories during 2011 was 851 million, registering a strong growth of 13.8 per cent over the previous year.



Himalayan Ski Village Project Delay Costs State Dearly 
July 08, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The delay in commissioning the multibillion-dollar Himalayan Ski Village project, promoted by Alfred Ford of the Ford Motor Company near this Himachal Pradesh tourist town, is causing an annual Rs.30-50 crore (about $5-9 million) loss to the state government, an official said.



Cops’ Pub Drive Can Hurt Tourism Minister 
July 07, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Union minister for tourism Subodh Kant Sahai has expressed apprehensions over the city police's drive against pubs and bars, saying it could stem the inflow of tourists.



Tourism Department Cracks Down On 'Illegal' Sheds On Beaches 
July 07, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The tourism department has announced a crackdown on shack operators who store their dismantled shacks in temporary sheds on government-owned land on the beaches, just behind where they erect shacks during the season.



Varkala Cliff To Be Nation’s First Geopark 
July 07, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The cliff overlooking the Varkala beach — a unique sedimentary geo-morphological structure in an otherwise flat Kerala coast — and the surrounding areas are on course to become India’s first national geopark under a Geological Survey of India (GSI) initiative to preserve geologically important sites in the country.



Coastal Body Withheld Green Nod to Sea Rock Plan 
July 06, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Plans to build a luxury hotel where the landmark Sea Rock Hotel once stood at Bandra Bandstand have been stalled. State government sources said the 5.5 FSI project has received neither the environmental clearance nor approval under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) raised queries about the project and refused to endorse it. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) too has not granted the 5.5 FSI project the mandatory commencement certificate, TOI has learnt.



HC Issues Notices In Hotel Construction Case 
July 06, 2012 - The Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Alleging evasion of Rs 1,200 crore in the form of premium to the state government, a PIL filed in the Bombay High Court has stated that the construction of the proposed Hotel Sea Rock at Bandra Bandstand is being carried out in violation of Environmental and Development Control Regulations.



Mauritius Offers India 2 Islands In Effort To Preserve Tax Treaty 
July 06, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
How far will a country go to secure a favourable deal for itself ? Pretty far, it seems. Mauritius has offered a couple of sundrenched islands to India as part of a trade and investment deal. While the offer has been talked about for a while, Mauritius has revived it — at a time when it’s very keen on persevering with the 1983 double-taxation avoidance treaty with India.



Waste Management At Tourism Centres 
July 06, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes and Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar told the Assembly on Thursday that the Tourism Department would take steps to keep tourism centres clean.



MoEF Objects To Mulayam’s Lion Safari Project In Etawah 
July 06, 2012 - Express India - www.expressindia.com
SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s dream project to have a lion safari in his native district of Etawah has once again run into trouble.



MoU On Campaign Clean India Signed Between The Ministries Of Tourism And Railways 
July 06, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Campaign Clean India between the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Railways was signed in the presence of the Minister of Tourism Shri Subodh Kant Sahai and the Minister of Railways Shri Mukul Roy, here today.



Union Tourism Minister Calls For More Exchange Of Tourists Amongst SAARC Countries SAARC Tour Operators Conclave Inaugurated 
July 06, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has said that SAARC countries should explore the ways and means for more exchange of tourists amongst them. Inaugurating the conclave of SAARC tour operators here today he said,” we must motivate each SAARC country in such a way that tourism becomes the focus of economic and political agenda.



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