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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.

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 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.

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