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Sustainability is a choice – if we have the courage to make it 
September 27, 2017

Declaring 2017 as the year of Sustainable Tourism has once again served to highlight how unsustainable mainstream tourism..

 
India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
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May 29, 2017

In exactly a month from now will begin the annual pilgrimage to...

 
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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Tadoba Tiger Reserve To Open New Tourism Route In Buffer Areas 
May 17, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In a move that is sure to ease some tourist pressure from the near-saturated Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Maharashtra, the administration of TATR has decided to open a new route for tourists in its buffer areas.



Major Projects Get Rejected For Not Getting Environmental Impact Assessment Nod 
May 16, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Ever since the coastal regulation zone (CRZ 2011) came into effect, major projects in Kochi have had to undergo the tough task of getting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which has led to many projects being rejected by the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority.



SC Sets Up Panel To Look Into Proliferating Home Stays In Lakshadweep 
May 16, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Expressing concern over the alleged environmental imbalance caused by over exploitation of tourism potential in the tiny islands of Lakshadweep, the Supreme Court has set up a six-member committee headed by a retired apex court judge to examine the desirability of allowing "home stay" huts there.



Tourist Arrivals In Kerala Cross 1-cr Mark In 2011 
May 16, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Over one crore tourists are estimated to have visited Kerala during 2011, according to the Tourism Minister, Mr A. P. Anil Kumar.



ILLEGAL RESORTS Mushroom In Eco Belt 
May 16, 2012 - Times of India - www.lite.epaper.timesofindia.com
No ecology, only economics: thats the bare truth about the many resorts that have mushroomed around the wildlife reserves in the state.



Jammu & Kashmir May Have An Eco-Tourism Development Board Soon 
May 16, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Jammu & Kashmir Environment Department has pushed a proposal to the government for constituting a J&K Eco-Tourism Board to recommend measures and identify potential sites for promotion of Eco-Tourism in the state.



New Environment Ministry Guidelines May Restrict Tourism In Core Areas Of Tiger Reserves 
May 16, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Environment Ministry is all set to inform the Supreme Court this week that tourism activity inside core areas of tiger reserves would be prohibited as per its new guidelines.



Goa Tourism Department Gives Initial Approval For Floating Hotel On Mandovi River 
May 16, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to draw high-end tourists to Goa, the next tourist season will see the first non-casino vessel function on the Mandovi River.



Environment Ministry Favours Tiger Safari In Buffer Zones 
May 15, 2012 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Not withstanding the risk tourism might cause to the big cat, the Centre is planning to promote tiger safari in the buffer zones of the tiger reserves.



Lakshadweep Resorts Come Under SC Scrutiny 
May 15, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Allegations of violation of coastal regulation zone by resorts in Lakshadweep should be looked into by a five-member committee, the Supreme Court has ordered.



Vision-2030 To Reshape Kochi Into A Global Kochi 
May 15, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
With Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) planning new projects to elevate Kochi to a global city, the preliminary discussions on its Vision-2030 have begun.



World Living Beyond Its Resources, Summit Off-Track: WWF 
May 15, 2012 - Reuters - www.in.reuters.com
Unless the world addresses the problem, by 2030 even two planet Earths would not be enough to sustain human activity, WWF said, launching its "Living Planet Report 2012", a biennial audit of the world's environment and biodiversity - the number of plant and animal species.



Assam Tourism To Develop Infrastructure In Guwahati To Boost Tourism 
May 15, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) will develop tourism infrastructure in Guwahati to give a boost to inbound visitor numbers.



On The Scent Of A Tiger 
May 15, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
With the State Forest Department worried about the safety of the spillover population of Nagarhole’s tigers, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to it seems to be the answer to the problems at Nagarhole.a



Tourists Need Some Expert Help Here 
May 15, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
On an average, Tipu Sultan's summer palace on Albert Victor Road in Chamarajpet here gets more than 300 visitors daily. The elegant wooden structure impresses but what would make the experience more meaningful is someone to tell them more about it.



MEHAIR To Launch Seaplane Services In Goa, AP And Maharashtra Post Monsoon 
May 14, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Maritime Energy Heli AIR Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR), which launched India’s first seaplane service in the Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands in January 2011, plans to expand operations to Goa, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Maharashtra.



Notices On Seafront Business Concerns 
May 13, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The high court has issued notices to both the state and Central governments as well as to several star hotels and big business houses with property on the Visakhapatnam beachfront, asking them to explain why they think no action should be taken against them for destroying the ecology.



Now, Go Boating In Bannerghatta Park 
May 13, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Those on a safari at the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) can now take a boat ride in the middle of the forest, with the Zoo Authority of Karnataka planning to introduce boating in the BBP on the lines of Karanji Lake in Mysore.



Corbett. Now, On Sale 
May 12, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
WITH ABUNDANCE come consequences. Corbett tiger reserve (CTR) has the world’s highest density of tigers. The last all-India census in 2010 estimated 18 tigers per 100 sq km here. It also has the highest concentration of tourist resorts found anywhere around a forest.



Govt To Disband Tourist Security Force 
May 12, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The state government has decided to scrap the state Tourist Security Force as well as Industrial Security Force. The same would now be disbanded.



CEC Seeks Report On Sprouting Of Resorts In Forest Reserves 
May 11, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Seeking a report on the mushrooming of resorts and other activities in the reserve forests in five districts of the State, the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) issued notice to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) in Bangalore on Thursday.



Citizen's To Have Say In Goa's Roadmap Soon 
May 11, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The draft report of the 'Goa 2035' vision document was approved on Thursday by members of the Golden Jubilee Development Council in the presence of chief minister Manohar Parrikar.



MoT Sanctions Rs 121.17 Crore In Five Years To Odisha 
May 11, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sanctioned Rs 121.17 crore (upto 31.12.2011) during the last five years to the Government of Odisha, for various tourism related projects.



MP Govt Wants To Lease Forest Patches To Private Tour Operators 
May 11, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
After demanding that the core of tiger reserves be opened to tourism, the Madhya Pradesh government has mooted another controversial proposal, to lease out large tracts of reserved forest lands to private tourism operators.



Tourism At Odisha Sanctuary Falls Prey To Maoists 
May 11, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
It is home to over 30 tigers and many more leopards. But Odisha’s Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary is still failing to attract wildlife enthusiasts and tourists due to the fear of Maoists, say forest officials.



Maharashtra Joins International Council Of Tourism Partners As New Destination Member 
May 11, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced recently that Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has joined as its first member from India, according to a release.



Difficulties Faced By Tourists At Gateway Of India 
May 10, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
In view of the difficulties faced by tourists in boarding and de-boarding the ships from Gateway of India of Mumbai to Elephanta and Alibag (Mandwa), the State Government of Maharashtra is proposing to set up two floating jetties near the Gateway of India to improve embarkation and dis-embarkation facilities for tourist visiting Elephanta, Alibag and other places.



FDI In Tourism Projects 
May 10, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Foreign Direct Investment  (FDI) is allowed for the development of tourism projects in the country.  Hotel and Tourism sector is declared as high priority sector and FDI upto 100%, under the  automatic route is permitted in ‘Hotels & Tourism Sector’, subject to applicable laws/regulations, security and other conditionalties.



Funds Flow For Odisha Tourism: FDI In Tourism & Medical Tourism In Country To Generate More Revenue 
May 10, 2012 - The Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs.121.17 crore (upto 31.12.2011) during the last five years to the Government of Odisha, for various tourism related projects.  This was said by the Sultan Ahmed Minister of State for Tourism in a written reply to MP Rama Chandra Khuntia in Rajya Sabha today.



Illegal Tourism Thrives At Dandeli 
May 10, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Many people had complained of illegal tourism and wildlife trade being run by a farmer residing near Dandeliappa temple where the ACF was killed when he objected to tourists feeding crocodiles on the banks of River Kali.



Bekal Is Destination Next In 'God's Own Country' 
May 10, 2012 - Newstrack India - www.newstrackindia.com
After firmly placing stations such as Kovalam and Kumarakom on the global tourism map, the Kerala government has picked this idyllic town of beaches and backwaters as destination next for visitors to 'God's Own Country'.



Bazaar Street Now Wears A Deserted Look 
May 09, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Bazaar Street, opposite Sri Virupaksha temple at Hampi, which used to be bustling with myriad activities, wears a deserted look now.



Goa's Music Lovers Back Special Tourism Zones 
May 09, 2012 - NY Daily News - www.india.nydailynews.com
Musicians and music aficionados in Goa have hit an excited note over the state government's decision to lobby for special tourism zones (STZ) to allow enthusiasts to party till the wee hours.



Karnataka Stopped From Feeding Crocodiles, Tourists Kill Forest Officer 
May 09, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
In a shocking development from the Dandeli-Anshi tiger reserve in Karnataka, a forest officer has died after being allegedly attacked by a group of tourists. Assistant conservator of forest MH Nayak was allegedly hit on the head by the tourists after he tried to stop them from feeding crocodiles at the Kali River which is inside the tiger reserve.



Mhadei Tiger Reserve To Have 28 Villages On The Run 
May 09, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Around 28 villages alone from Mhadei wildlife sanctuary will have to be relocated, if state government goes ahead with its proposal of having tiger reserve there.



NGO Meets CM, Wants Law To Snuff Out Casinos 
May 09, 2012 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Members of the Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG) on Tuesday met chief minister Manohar Parrikar demanding legislation to stop casinos in the state at the earliest.



Wildlife Tourism A Free-For-All Loot 
May 08, 2012 - Daily Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Aptly titled, ‘Corbett, now on sale’, a story in a weekly magazine brought an open secret out in print: The land around — and even inside — the Corbett Tiger Reserve is up for grabs, controlled by the country’s Who’s Who. It highlighted how tourism resorts have destroyed the Kosi river corridor, cutting off access for animals to a crucial water source.



MTDC Opens Water Park At Karla 
May 08, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) recently opened its water park at Karla. The Rs 3 crore 66 lakh development features 54 float slides, 27 crazy slides, 23 multi-lane slides, 30 mini aqua trails, 144 family slides, a multi-purpose water play system, a water fall, a wave pool, a water umbrella, and more.



Parliamentary Committee Pulls Up Tourism Ministry For Low Tourist Traffic 
May 08, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Observing that lack of cleanliness could be a reason for low tourist traffic, a Parliamentary panel yesterday pulled up the Ministry of Tourism, saying the country's global tourism share of 0.6 per cent is "unacceptable" as it has a wide variety of tourist attractions.



Assorted Shards Of Prehistoric Life 
May 07, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Everyday tools and utensils, vanity bits and pieces and personal effects of the people of one period turn into objects of interest for a later generation. So it is with the burial urns, polished pottery, swords and other weapons made of iron, copper beads and stone axes of an ancient era displayed at a heritage museum at Kuyilimala, near here, which will be opened on Monday.



First State-Run Water Park Opens In Lonavala 
May 07, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
A swank, modern and affordable water park, which opened near this hill station, marks the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation’s (MTDC) maiden foray into the amusement sector to boost tourism in the state, an official said here Monday.



Karnataka Govt Plans Film City, Theme Park At Hesaraghatta 
May 07, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Karnataka government plans to set up a ‘film city', ‘theme park' and a ‘golf resort' under public-private partnership at Hesaraghatta in Bangalore.



Kerala Tourism To Launch Campaign To Promote Bekal 
May 06, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Kerala Tourism Department will soon launch a campaign to promote Bekal in Kasaragod district, and the famed 17th century fort there, with an aim to develop it into an international holiday hotspot by 2015. The campaign, 'Know Bekal', organised jointly by Kerala Tourism and Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Limited (BRDC), is aimed at enhancing the inflow of national and international tourists to the place, said AP Anil Kumar, Minister –Tourism, Government of Kerala.



No Compromise On Environment Conservation For Tourism Omar 
May 06, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said a well planned strategy was required to boost tourism without compromising with the conservation of environment.



A Place Worth Visiting 
May 05, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
When it comes to tourism and policymaking, successive Five Year Plans appear lost and directionless. Unfortunately, even the proposed recommendations by the expert group leading up to the preparation of the 12th Five Year Plan do not do much to erase the impression.



UP Tourism To Develop Passenger Ropeways At Three Tourist Sites Under PPP Model  
May 05, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to boost tourism, the Uttar Pradesh Department of Tourism is planning to develop passenger ropeways at Barsana, Ashtabhuja and Chitrakut under the Public-Private Partnership model.



Strengthen Town Planning Regulations To Protect Heritage Sites 
May 04, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of World Heritage Day programme held at Tourism Development Institute (TDI) here on Wednesday, Ramakrishna said strengthening heritage guidelines would give the department a ‘strong legal holding’ to conserve heritage monuments.



No Decision Yet On Resumption Of Commercial Flights 
May 04, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
A stakeholders' meeting on Thursday on resumption of commercial flights from Mysore was inconclusive, though the authorities expressed confidence of a “breakthrough” in a fortnight.



Accor To Hire Over 1,100 Employees In India By End Of 2012 
May 04, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Accor is on a recruitment drive to meet the needs of its growing network of hotels in India. It will add 1,100 employees to its existing staff of 3,600 employees for the 11 hotels opening this year. Commenting on its recruitment plans, Ashwin Shirali, Regional Director - Human Resources, Accor India, said "We have successfully added efficient employees till today and with the introduction of new brands and opening of hotels by Accor in India, we expect to create significant job opportunities across all segments. Employees are the most important ambassadors of the hotel, and therefore, hiring the best is crucial for operations."



Camel Safari, Night Viewing, Cycle Track And Boating Around Taj Mahal Soon 
May 04, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
The Taj Mahal may soon be opened up for night viewing, from a safe distance though. The Uttar Pradesh government is working on a roadmap to allow night viewing and a host of other measures to “pep up tourism at Agra”, one of India’s top tourist destinations.



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