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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.

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 Nations 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 Mulayams 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.

Tourism Should Be Part Of Political Agenda Sahai 
July 06, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai Friday said tourism should be part of the political agenda for its huge potential for economic development.

Kumbalanghi Adds Another Feather In Its Cap 
July 05, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Ever wondered how much development can a small village boast of? Answers are right here at Kumbalanghi, the idyllic village on the outskirts of the city. After etching its position in history as the first ever model tourism village in the country, it will soon proudly own a research centre in the Unani system of medicine in the State.

Jamaat-e-Islami Issues Dress Code For Tourists 
July 04, 2012 - Zee News - www.zeenews.india.com
Kashmiri religious group Jamaat-e-Islami has asked tourists visiting the valley to follow a "proper dress code" and told the tourism department to enforce it.

Students To Turn Tourist Guides Soon 
July 04, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) is in the process of recruiting about 500 college students as freelance guides to add value to its package tours.

Supreme Court Bans Tourism In Jarawa Reserve 
July 04, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava: The Supreme Court has ordered that no tourism and commercial activities should be allowed near the habitat of the Jarawas, the ancient aboriginal tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The court order, dated July 2, is meant to ensure that no person other than the member of the aboriginal tribe will be allowed to enter the Jarawa tribal reserve and the five-kilometre buffer area around it.

Indian Gaur Project Awaits Final Seal Of Approval 
July 04, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Senior officials of the Forest Department have given their  approval for allocating 100 acres of land for the ambitious project of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens under the Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK). With this, the project, which was in the pipeline for the past two years, is close to reality and awaits a government order to be announced officially.

39 Sites In Western Ghats Get World Heritage Status 
July 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A cluster of 39 sites spread over 7,953.15 sq km in the Western Ghats will now be inscribed in the World Heritage list. These include tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserved forests in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Cruise Tourism Ready To Make A Splash 
July 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The rapid growth of the middle-class segment with rising purchasing power in Asian and South-East Asian countries holds great potential for cruise tourism in the country, Biplav Kumar, director of India Tourism said.

Goa's Western Ghats Miss Scaling UNESCO Heights 
July 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa's lackadaisical attitude in conserving the Western Ghats could have just cost the area dearly. When 39 sites in the Western Ghats made it to the UNESCO world heritage list on Sunday, the Goa stretch was not one of them.

SC Shields Jarawas From Prying Tourists 
July 03, 2012 - Daily Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
After a private resort owner, who was denied permission to operate from the buffer zone chose to pursue litigation, the apex court decided to examine the relevant rules set out to establish shops, resorts and other commercial activities in the island, 80 per cent of which is declared forest land.

NTCA Official Bats For Ecotourism Hub At Kechki 
July 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The director of the Assam regional centre of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) Ravi Kiran Gowarker has asked the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) officials to prepare a proposal to start eco-tourism at Kechki. Gowarker was at PTR on a two-day visit beginning June 30.

Government's Tourism Plans Are Anti-Local, Says Calangute MLA 
July 02, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo has strongly opposed the move by the Manohar Parrikar government to bring water sports operations in the state under the control of the Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC).

Gujarat To Promote Sports Tourism: Narendra Modi 
July 02, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Calling sports as one of the "biggest industries", Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the state is keen to promote sports tourism by hosting various sports events. Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the 29th Sub-Junior National Aquatic Championship-2012.

District Specific Programmes To Keep A Check On Child Labour 
July 02, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The district specific programmes would be introduced to keep a check on child labour in the state. These programmes would be apart from the other various anti-child labour programmes already implemented in the state at various levels.

Heritage Tag For Western Ghats May Hit Industry 
July 02, 2012 - Hindustan Times- www.hindustantimes.com
A United Nations body has put 39 serial natural sites in Western Ghats on World Heritage Site list with a condition to consider implementation of recommendations of an expert panel on the region.

Western Ghats Makes It To World Heritage List 
July 02, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Western Ghats has made it to the coveted list of World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage Committee, meeting at St. Petersburg in Russia, decided to inscribe 39 serial sites of the Western Ghats on the World Heritage List on Sunday night.

Himachal HC Sets Aside Order Scrapping Fords $350m Project 
June 30, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
The Himachal Pradesh high court has set aside a state government order scrapping the $350 million Himalayan Ski Village venture.

Goa Expects Rs 2,000 Crore Investment In Tourism 
June 29, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Goa Tourism Department is hoping to fetch around Rs 2,000 crore investments in the tourism sector during the Goa Investment Forum 2012 to be held on June 30, 2012.

Himalayan Ski Village Project May Finally Take Off  
June 29, 2012 - The Tribune - www.tribuneindia.com
The controversial Himalayan Ski Village may finally take off with the High Court giving its nod to the project albeit with a rider that the company will have to obtain environment clearance from the authorities concerned within a period of six months.

Himachal Court Allows Ford To Construct Ski Resort 
June 29, 2012 - www.thaindian.com
In a major relief to Alfred Ford of the Ford Motor Company, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has given clearance to his upcoming multi-billion dollar Himalayan Ski Village project near the tourist resort of Manali.

Forest Department To Promote Eco-Tourism In Uttar Pradesh 
June 28, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the forest department to promote eco-tourism in the state. While reviewing the various schemes and projects of the forest department on Wednesday, he told the department to chalk out a plan for the development of National Chambal Sanctuary, Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary, Sarsai Nawar and Sita Dwaar to promote tourism as well create employment opportunities for local people.

Beating The Heat In The Valley 
June 28, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
Families enjoying a shikara ride in the scenic Dal Lake, blissful children zorbing in Sonamarg meadows, couples taking a gondola ride over the snow-covered Afarwat peaks in Gulmarg, Israelis surfing the Internet using Hebrew keyboards at cyber cafes, and visitors bargaining at the brightly-decked handicraft shops — call it conflict fatigue, enforced peace or a fragile calm, this summer, the unpredictable Kashmir Valley is back on the tourist radar.

Heritage Tag Eludes Western Ghats 
June 28, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Western Ghats, a hotspot for biodiversity that spans seven states, is out of the race for Unesco's Natural Heritage Status for the second year in a row. The Unesco Heritage Committee had at its meeting in Paris in 2011 also rejected India's application.

Domestic Tourist Arrivals In Goa Highest In 2011 
June 25, 2012 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Although Goa may be known as a foreign tourist destination, domestic visitors have been helping the tourism industry prosper, even after facing competition from destinations like Kerala, official records indicate.

India, Israel Ink Pact To Boost Tourism 
June 25, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
India and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost their bilateral ties in the tourism sector, with Israel opening a tourism office in Mumbai and increasing the number of El Al flights to India.

Coastal Authority Orders Razing of Two Hotels 
June 23, 2012 - O Herald O - www.oheraldo.in
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) on Friday ordered demolition of two hotels and a compound hall in the Morjim-Mandrem belt, which violated Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification of  1991. The GCZMA in one of the three different orders passed directed demolition  of  Hotel  Papa Jolley situated  in survey no  187/50   of  Morjim   village. It found that the hotel having 12 rooms was   illegally constructed in violation of the provision of the CRZ notification. Michael D’Souza, member secretary  of GCZMA also directed  PWD and Electricity Department to disconnect water and electricity supply to the hotel.

Valley Tourism Advances Into Separatist Hotbeds 
June 21, 2012 - Express India - www.expressindia.com
Peace in the Valley has created physical space for tourism to expand. For the first time since the beginning of militancy, the Jammu and Kashmir tourism department has move beyond Dal Lake and Mughal gardens to enter separatist strongholds in Srinagar’s old city.

Karnataka Government Flouts Green Laws In Bandipur, Plans A Building 
June 20, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Government-owned Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), a unit involved in eco-tourism, is planning to raise permanent structures at its resort on the fringes of Bandipur Tiger Sanctuary in gross violation of norms pertaining to eco-sensitive zones.

Child Labour Issues Double In A Year In Thrissur 
June 20, 2012 - The Times Of India - www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
"Today I took leave from my work and I'm fed up. My grandfather harasses me a lot and creates hell when the collection is less. I can't adjust anymore," says a 12-year-old girl hailing from Tamil Nadu. The girl, who used to beg in trains, was rescued from by CHILDLINE workers from Thrissur recently.

Give Proper Compensation To National Park Residents 
June 19, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Addressing the all members’ meet on Monday, TP Vice-President Nuthan Kumar said that there are several complaints pouring in informing that forest department officials have been threatening and harassing the people living in Kudremukh National Park area.

Stop Picnics, Start Eco-Tourism In Sundarbans: Bengal Forest Dept 
June 19, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Taking a leaf out of the mandatory in-flight instructions that stewards and stewardesses deliver prior to each flight, informing passengers how to fasten the seat belt and what to do in an exigency, the state forest department wants all tourist agencies in the Sunderbans, including boat owners, to spell out the dos and don'ts to tourists before they embark on the tour.

Tourism Minister Launches Clean India Campaign 
June 19, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai Tuesday launched a pilot project under the Clean India Campaign at Qutub Minar here with the aim of providing quality services to visitors at tourist destinations.

Goa To Host Cruise Tourism Meet On July 2 
June 18, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The chairmen of the five ports-Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Mangalore and Mormugao-identified for the promotion of cruise tourism by the Union tourism ministry, are set to meet in Goa next month.

Subodhkant To Launch Pilot Project Of Clean India 
June 18, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai will launch the Pilot Project under Clean India Campaign at Qutab Minar tomorrow.

Has The Tourism Industry Adversely Affected Goan Culture? 
June 12, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Of course, tourism industry has adversely affected Goan culture as it has brought in a large number of foreigners to the state who sometimes bring various aspects of their culture along with them. Although it brings revenue, it also brings in substances like drugs which ruin the lives of our youth. It is very unfortunate that to attract more tourists we distort our culture and portray it in a manner which is liked by them. Goa's unique and distinct culture is simply not being displayed. Goan tourism has only focused on the beach side and eco-tourism is almost ignored. We hide the natural heritage of Goa which lies far away from the beaches in talukas like Sattari, Quepem, Canacona and Sanguem.

Karnataka Plans Tourism Trade Act To Woo Investors In Tourism 
June 11, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In an attempt to woo investors and speed up investment processes in the tourism sector, the Karnataka government is planning to come out with a Tourism Trade Act.

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