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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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Karnataka Looks Beyond Bangalore To Promote Tourism 
June 08, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
"We have moved away from the state capital (Bangalore) to promote tourism in tier-two and tier-three locations and are setting up infrastructure facilities for tourists," state tourism department secretary Latha Krishna Rau said Friday.



Team Herald Goa News 
June 08, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The two ambitious Sky Tower projects proposed by the State’s Tourism ministry across the Goa coast are unlikely to take off since they fall within the proposed CRZ limits.



Tourist Destinations To Get Hygienic Services 
June 08, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The tasks which will include garbage clearance, providing drinking water facilities, maintenance of parking lots and toilets come under the banner of the ongoing “Clean India Campaigning” launched this year by the Ministry of Tourism.



State To Launch Sanctuary Tourism To Beat Abduction Blues 
June 07, 2012 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
With the abduction of two Italians hitting tourism in the state, the Odisha government has decided to launch as special package of adventure cum pleasure trips to woo tourists.



Tourism Focus On Child Abuse 
June 07, 2012 - Deccan Chronicle - www.deccanchronicle.com
Kerala Tourism Policy 2012 has declared zero tolerance towards abuse and trafficking of children. The policy document was unveiled by chief minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday.



IATO To Implement Code Of Ethics & Professional Responsibility For Members 
June 07, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has decided to formulate and implement a code of ethics for its membership - ‘Code of Conduct for Inbound Tour Operators Regulation, 2012’.



Tamil Nadu Govt. Aiming At Rs 10,000 Crore Investment In Tourism 
June 07, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Tamil Nadu government, as part of its Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 programme, is aiming at an investment of Rs 10,000 crore by the private and public sectors for developing tourism in the state.



London Hotels Incurring Losses Due To Olympics 
June 07, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
London's hospitality industry is facing a loss as one third of the city’s rooms are found to be unsold over the summer, after tourists have been put off by the Olympics, a survey has found.



Politicians View Dirty Picture On Calangute Beach 
June 07, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Following a report on the filthy garbage conditions on Calangute beach which appeared in TOI on Tuesday, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar immediately phoned Calangute MLA Michael Lobo to get more details and later visited the beach to see for himself the garbage situation in Calangute and find a solution to the problem.



Ruining A Revival 
June 07, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
HAVE YOU ever seen a rough diamond?” asked Navratan Kothari, his 70-year-old voice, a tragicomic mix of despair and hope. The diamond he described is an 18th century palace of pleasure — the Jal Mahal. A jewel that floats in the middle of Jaipur’s Man Sagar, one of India’s largest manmade lakes. Until Kothari ‘polished’ it, the Jal Mahal and the surrounding 17th century lake had been the dumping ground of the city’s sewage. The palace with sewage-soaked walls and ravaged floors was in ruins. The Man Sagar lake in which it sat was a floating cesspool. The migratory birds were long gone. The Mahal’s only inhabitant — the occasional lost pig.



Karnataka Dept. Of Tourism Invites Bids For 18 Tourism Projects 
June 06, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Karnataka Department of Tourism has called for request for proposals (RFPs) for 18 projects to be developed under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.



DIAL Questions CAG Audit, Jurisdiction 
June 05, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Questioning the jurisdiction of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which had detected a loss of Rs 1.63 lakh crore in the leasing of land to GMR-led private operator, Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) recently said the concessions available to it to run the Delhi airport were part of the bid documents and were available to every bidder, according to a report by PTI.



Kerala High Court Rules In Favour Of Hotels In Waste Management Row 
June 05, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The city corporation in Thiruvanthapuram that has been issuing closure notices to hotels functioning without waste treatment plants in the city has been pulled up by a high court order.



Centre Grants Rs 1200 Crore To Promote Coastal Tourism In Gujarat 
June 04, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Gujarat government's plan to boost coastal tourism has received a shot in the arm as the Planning Commission has approved Rs. 1200 crore special grant for the project.



MTDC Planning Floating Hotels In Coastal Cities 
June 04, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
he Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) intends to take Beach Tourism to a completely different level, with plans to set up 'flotels' (floating hotel) in the harbour areas of coastal cities such as Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Alibaug, based on the Public-Private Partnership model, according to a report by The Times of India.



Woman Power Tribals Stall Eco-Tourism Project In Odisha 
June 03, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
A group of tribal women in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district have taken authorities head on and stopped an eco-tourism project that was coming up in a reserve forest adjoining their villages in violation of their forest rights.



Kovalam To Go ‘Beyond The Beach’ To Promote Tourism 
June 02, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Kerala tourism is planning to reintroduce its "beyond the beach" programme at Kovalam from the next tourist season.



Government Plans Skyscraper In Baga's Coastal Regulation Zone 
June 01, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In a bid to cash in on the popularity of Goa as a tourist destination, the Goa Tourism department has finalized a plan to put up a 35-storeyed viewing tower in the beach belt in Baga's coastal regulation zone (CRZ) on the lines of viewing towers in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.



Who Makes Poachers 
May 31, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
“Ranthambore is like a leper’s pock mark on this district,” says a senior citizen of Sawai Madhopur, the town near which this important national park is located.



Commercial Activity To Be Banned In Jarawa Zone 
May 31, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The government Thursday said it will soon bring forth a presidential order to ban tourist and other commercial activities in the proposed buffer zone in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to protect aboriginal tribes such as the Jarawas.



Employment Generation: Engine Of Inclusive Growth' Theme Of FHRAI Convention 2012 
May 30, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Executive Committee of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has finalised the theme for the 47th FHRAI Annual Convention.



MKU To Offer Five-Year Integrated Course In Tourism Management 
May 29, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Taking into account the huge job potential available in tourism sector, the Madurai Kamaraj University here is all set to tap the opportunities for students by launching a five-year Masters degree course.



Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim Sign MoU For Joint Programmes In Tourism 
May 29, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have signed a memorandum of understanding for undertaking joint programmes in the tourism sector.



Punishment For Paedophiles Gets A Push 
May 28, 2012 - The New Indian Express - www.newindianexpress.com
Three-year-old Kumar* was a recent victim of sexual assault. Police investigations report that he was suffocated to death after being sexually assaulted by Ramesh (25), a neighbour whom the child visited in his village in Tirupur district.



Dubare Elephant Camp, A Perfect Getaway 
May 27, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Started during the British era, this camp has gained popularity in Asia itself. Situated amidst lush green forest and on the bank of docile river Cauvery, this centre is a perfect getaway for the tourists coming from cities.



India May Ban European Carriers In Carbon Tax Row 
May 27, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India said it may stop European carriers from flying into the country if the European Union bans airlines from the South Asian nation that boycott the EU's new emissions fee system.



Hampi Bazaar Eviction - In Pictures 
May 27, 2012 - The Guardian - www.guardian.co.uk
Half a million pilgrims and tourists come to Hampi's 2,000 temples and ancient stones each year.



Aihole Set To Relocate For Monuments’ Sake 
May 25, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In one big fat relocation, over 900 families of Bagalkot district's Aihole will soon move to a new settlement to help the Karnataka government's efforts in saving the town's 110 heritage structures and get them the World Heritage Site tag.



Hotels Across India Witness At Least 20% Drop In Business 
May 25, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Over the past few weeks, hotels are seeing an average drop in business of at least 20 per cent, compared to the same time last year.



Gujarat Registers 2.23 Crore Tourists In 2011-12 
May 25, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Gujarat registered an increase of about 25 lakh tourists in the financial year 2011-12.



Apex Court To Hear Plea On Jaipur Lake 
May 24, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The Supreme Court will Friday hear a petition challenging the Rajasthan High Court’s order declaring as “illegal and void” a 99-year lease agreement for the restoration of Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal located near Amber Fort in Jaipur.



FHRAI Chalks Out Five Year Plan 
May 23, 2012 - Express Hospitality - www.expresshospitality.com
The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) has chalked out its future five year plan as part of its internal strategy besides lobbying with the government of India.



Polish Couple Missing In Cauvery Adventure 
May 23, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A Polish couple is feared lost after setting out for rafting in the Cauvery about 100 km from Bangalore, in a place called Muttatti. Police said Richard Landorton, 45, and Mickel Easten, 40, began rafting from Bheemeshwari fishing camp on May 19. They asked their cab driver Shravan to wait downstream in Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu for them.



SIDBI Bill Tabled In Lok Sabha; To Enable Restaurants, Tourism Sectors To Get Loans 
May 23, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The government yesterday tabled the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) (Amendment) Bill, 2012, in the Lok Sabha, allowing the tourism, restaurant, floriculture and entertainment industries to access loans from the bank.



Goa's More Than Just 'For Fun' Council 
May 23, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The Goa Golden Jubilee Development Council wants the government to review itstourism policy promoting and showcasing the state as 'Come to Goa for fun'.



Corporation Of The City Of Panaji Tightens Waste Disposal Mechanisms 
May 23, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The Corporation of the city of Panaji(CCP) is tightening mechanisms to ensure delivery of segregated waste by around 400 hotels and eateries in the city to improve the quality of incoming waste for disposal, sources said.



Northeast Tourism To Get A Boost 
May 22, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The northeast is going to have an exclusive masterplan for tourism soon.
The ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has taken the up the initiative for this purpose with the ministry of tourism and respective state governments for implementation of the masterplan.



Odisha To Develop Sanctuary Tourism In Bhitarkanika, Satkosia, Similipal 
May 22, 2012 - The Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
Odisha Government to develop Sanctuary Tourism in Bhitarkanika, Satkosia and Similipal.



Airport Authority Of India To Develop 225 Airports By 2020 
May 21, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With an aim to operationalise 225 airports across the country by 2020, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has asked all state governments to prepare plans and create inventory of airports, helipads or even unused airstrips which they want to develop and upgrade.



Bihar To Develop Tourism Sector: Deputy Chief Minister 
May 21, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Bihar government will put in place infrastructure at various tourist places in the state to boost its overall economy, Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt of Bihar said recently, according to a PTI report.



Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation To Impart Training To 1L People In Tourism Sector 
May 21, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will train as many as one lakh workers in the organized and unorganized sectors related to tourism.



Oceanarium Project Set For First Dive 
May 21, 2012 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
The preliminary  works  of the  much-talked about Oceanarium project, which is expected to give Kerala a prominent position in the marine tourism sector of the country, is all set to begin by August this year.



‘Clean India’ Campaign Takes Off At Qutub Minar 
May 20, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
A “Clean India” Campaign was begun Sunday at the capital’s landmark Qutub Minar.
“Since the Qutub Minar gets as many as 25,000 footfalls on a weekend, second only to the Taj Mahal, we decided to start the campaign here.



Goa Tourism Policy May Lose Its ‘Fun’ 
May 20, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
A zero draft of the ‘Goa 2035 - Vision and Road map’ submitted to the Goa government by a high-profile advisory council has rapped tourism officials for recklessly promoting a policy showcasing Goa as only a “fun” place.



Fixing Corbett: Where To Begin 
May 19, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
GOING BY the widespread response from readers, the complexity and the scale of the mess at Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR), as exposed by last week’s investigation (Corbett. Now, On Sale, 12 May), has demoralised many. Yet, it is very much possible to fix accountability and reclaim CTR. Consider:



10-Year Tax Holiday For New Hotels In Rural Areas Of Himachal Pradesh 
May 19, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Himachal Pradesh government yesterday announced a ten-year tax holiday for all new hotel projects coming up in the state’s tribal districts and other remote areas.



Tourism Ministry Asks States To Rationalise Tax Structure To Boost Tourism 
May 19, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism has advised both state governments and Union Territories to rationalise taxes for the growth of the tourism sector in the country.



MoT Launches ‘Incredible Tiffin’ Campaign 
May 18, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The flavour of India captured through its food is the next big idea in tourism, with the local Indian 'dabba' going glam, under a project that seeks to showcase the variety in the country's cuisine as well as attract tourists.



Resorts, Homestays Endanger Wildlife In Uttara Kannada 
May 18, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
But it appears to have come at the cost of the wildlife. The homestays and resorts mushrooming in the forest areas, as part of the initiative, seem to have scared the wild animals away from their habitats.



State Government To Focus On Palace And Temple Tours 
May 18, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Tamil Nadu Tourism will focus on FAM (familiarisation), farm and palace and temple (PAT) tours with the objective of attracting more tourists into the State and making them to stay longer.



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