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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.

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.

Divine Intervention Boosts Tourism Figures 
June 10, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Only a miracle can more than double a business in a year. And this is what has happened to Karnataka's tourism industry, which has reported a spectacular increase with the numbers more than doubling in just one year — from 3.85 crore in 2010 to 8.46 crore in 2011.

Pacts Worth` 450 Crore To Promote Tourism In DK 
June 10, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking after exercising franchise, at Puttur on Sunday, he said that the Global Investors Meet was not restricted to one department or Bangalore alone. The industries will come up in tier-II cities.

Karnataka Looks Beyond Bangalore To Promote Tourism 
June 08, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The Karnataka government is looking beyond Bangalore to promote tourism in the state, as the state capital is bedevilled with infrastructure woes and is no longer a garden city.

June 08, 2012 - E-Paper The Times Of India -www.epaper.timesofindia.com
Strongly rebuking the government for going back on its statements on resettling those who were removed from the core area of Hampi World Heritage site, a division bench of the HC warned that if the government doesn't come up with a solution in 24 hours, the court may be forced to send the people back.

Resorts Bid To Build Road In Bandipur Foiled  
June 08, 2012 - E-Paper The Times Of India -www.epaper.timesofindia.com
Forest officials on Thursday foiled a resort’s attempt to construct a road in the eco-sensitive zone of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

Goa Beaches Head For Makeover With Shack Policy 
June 08, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Soon, no ducking behind a sand dune or a coconut palm to change in or out of your swimwear.

Kerala Tourism To Fast-Track Clearance Of Tourism Projects Worth Over Rs 10 Crore 
June 08, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Kerala Tourism yesterday announced that it would introduce fast-track clearance of tourism projects with investment above Rs 10 crore.

District Administration Axes Permission For Resort 
June 08, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
‘Deccan Herald’ had made extensive coverage on the effects of resort construction, which were mushrooming at the foot of Chandradrona hill.

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.

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