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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.

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.

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.

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