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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.

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.

Tourism To Be Streamlined In Nilgiris South Division 
May 04, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The South division of the Nilgiris Forest Department has put in place a plan of action to streamline tourism in its scenic spots.

Prithviraj Chavan Seks MoEF Nod For Coastal Road Project 
May 03, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has written a letter to the Centre seeking immediate environment clearance for the Rs8,000-crore coastal road project in Mumbai.

Goa Gears Up For 'Raindrop' Tourism 
May 03, 2012 - NDTV - www.ndtv.com
In a bid to make Goa an all-season tourist destination, the state government is readying to woo tourists to its waterfalls and lush forests in the monsoon season.

HTC Joins Hands With ITDC To Promote 'Hunar se Rozgar' Scheme 
May 03, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With an aim to enable the youth acquire skills for gainful employment, the Haryana Tourism Corporation (HTC) has joined hands with the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to promote the 'Hunar se Rozgar' scheme, as per a Business Standard report. While revealing this information yesterday, a spokesperson of HTC said that the Corporation was the first state tourism company to become a partner with ITDC for promoting the scheme. He said that the scheme was launched in 2009 and has been successfully implemented at various places in the country.

Karnataka Showcases Mysore Region As MSME, Tourism Destination 
May 03, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Department of Industries and Commerce in Karnataka is planning to showcase Mysore region as MSME and tourism destination.

Odisha Does Not Want Foreigners In Maoist-Affected Areas 
May 03, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Odisha has decided to discourage visits by foreigners to Maoist-affected areas, Tourism Minister Prafulla Samal said Thursday.

Scuba-Diving, Golf New Pet Projects Of Jungle Lodges 
May 03, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Scuba-diving, snorkeling, temple tours, golf, health and heritage sites have not been JLR’s focus going by its name and history since 1980s. However, the State-owned firm is now planning several resorts to tap the potential of these activities.

Mega Tourist Circuit In Himachal Pradesh 
May 03, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development, promotion, implementation and monitoring of tourism projects is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/UTs. However, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism projects, which are prioritized in consultation with the State Governments/UTs.

CM To Seek Relaxation In Coastal Regulation Norms 
May 03, 2012 - Mumbai Mirror - www.mumbaimirror.com
Cutting across party barriers, MLAs and members of legislative council on Thursday put forth their demands, before Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, for an early solution to the problems faced by old buildings in the suburbs.

Govt, Corbett Start Drive To Check Sound Pollution 
May 02, 2012 - Daily Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
It is worth mentioning here that following a directive of the Uttarakhand High Court on a Public Interest Litigation filed by a local NGO, the State Government had ordered a ban on sound amplification in resorts within a specific area around Corbett in April this year.

Kempambudhi Lake To Get Makeover As Tourist Spot 
May 02, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Desiltation, cleaning of the lake and boating facilities, etc, will provide a new lease of life to the City’s oldest water body.

Garbage To Be Off Goa’s beaches By September 
May 02, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Plastic, waste and other forms of garbage will be off Goa’s beaches by September, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Wednesday.

Thrust On Tourism, Connectivity At Business Development Summit 
May 02, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Mysore Region Business Development Summit to be held in the city on Friday to attract investors has brought tourism and connectivity back into focus, underlining their importance to the local economy.

Turkey And Eastern Europe Draw Indian Touristst 
May 02, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Well-heeled Indian travellers are looking at alternatives to popular destinations abroad.
Though the South East Asian circuit — Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore — continues to remain popular, along with London and Paris, Indians are now looking for newer destinations, Nikhil Ganju, country manager of TripAdvisor India, told mediapersons here on Tuesday.

24-Hour Power Supply For Tourist, Pilgrim Spots In Maharashtra From May 2, 2012 
May 01, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd has decided to make hill stations Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala and Matheran; pilgrim spots Shirdi, Trimbakeshwar, Pandharpur, Jejuri, Parli-Vaijnath, Tuljapur, Shegaon and Alibaug beach, free of load-shedding from May 2, 2012, as per a report by DNA.

Summit Expected To Bring In Investment Of Rs. 6,000 Crore 
May 01, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Mysore Region Business Development Summit expects to attract investment of Rs. 6,000 crore. Also, it is expected to generate nearly one lakh jobs in the region.

WCD Minister Meets Officials From Ministries Of Home Affairs, Labour, Health And Family Welfare, HRD And NGOs Stresses Upon Stringent Systems And Effective Measures To Prevent Child Abuse 
May 01, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Women & Child Development held a meeting with senior officers from the Ministries of Home Affairs, Health & Family Welfare, Labour & Employment and Human Resource Development as well as Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Member, National Commission for Women (NCW) and representatives from voluntary organisations working for children in difficult circumstances to discuss the measures being taken to prevent abuse of children in various situations.

MTDC To Develop Buddhist Tourist Circuits In The State 
April 30, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is set to develop seven Buddhist tourist circuits in the state to attract religious tourists from across India, Korea, Japan and Malaysia. As many as 25 sites and caves connected with Buddhism will be developed at a cost of Rs 70 crore. "The idea is to form a tourist attraction of prominent sites in the state associated with Buddha," an official said, according to a report by The Times of India.

Subodh Kant Calls For Strentgthening Tourism Cooperation With Japan 
April 30, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has called for strengthening cooperation in tourism sector between India and Japan. He said this when the Vice Minister for Tourism of Japan Mr. Ken Kuda called on him in New Delhi today.

Forest department revives Tiger Reserve tag plea for Kudremukh 
April 30, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, during the campaign for the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha byelection, had said the government would cancel the Tiger Reserve status enjoyed by Bhadra Tiger Reserve (BTR), besides dropping the proposal to get KNP declared a Tiger Reserve.

Community Based Eco-Tourism, A Success Story 
April 30, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve has been able to make rapid strides in initiatives relating to eco-tourism as well improve forest management through community based eco-tourism, said K. Vijayanandan, Deputy Director and Wildlife Warden of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (PTR).

New Courses In Tourism At Pondicherry University 
April 30, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Department of Tourism Studies at the Pondicherry University has added some new courses for the next academic year. From the academic year 2012-13 onwards, the department will offer integrated Ph.D programme, dual MBA programme and also diploma programme in hospitality management.

Hurting Our Heritage 
April 29, 2012 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Usually, one hears of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) when it audits ministry programmes where the money value is huge, going into thousands of crores of rupees.

Unregulated Tourism Is Ravaging The Ghats 
April 27, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.epaper.dnaindia.com
Unbridled tourism in the Western Ghats will be a thing of the past if the Union government accepts the recommendations of an expert panel that was formed to look into the environmental aspects of the ecologically-fragile region.

F1 Track In Kerala Will Boost Tourism Karthikeyan 
April 27, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
The only Asian driver in Formula One, Narain Karthikeyan said an F1 race track in Kerala is certainly going to be a boost for tourism in the state.

Community Based Tourism In NE Stressed 
April 27, 2012 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
Fearing damage to the fragile ecosystem, the Government today suggested community-based tourism instead of mass or ‘five-star’ tourism to protect the natural habitat in the Northeast, reports PTI.

Sahai Releases Two Books On Tourism Calls For Substainable Tourism 
April 27, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister. Shri Subodh Kant Sahai said that in the North-Eastern region, because of the fragility of habitat and society, it is niche kind of community based tourism which will succeed and will be “sustainable and not the five star tourism or mass tourism because that can permanently damage the habitat and the society of these innocent people living in this beautiful part of the country.

Sustainable Tourism Way To Go In Northeast 
April 27, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Sustainable, niche and community-based tourism - and not that of the five-star or mass variety - is the way to go for realising the full potential of the northeast, union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said Friday.

Sentosa Eyes Mangalore Coastline For Island Resort Investment 
April 26, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Sentosa Development Corporation, the promoters of Sentosa Island in Singapore, have expressed interest in investing in Karnataka.

Tap Potential Of Tourism Goa CM 
April 26, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parikar on Wednesday inaugurated ‘GoGoa' an aquarium at Peddamberpet on the outskirts along the national highway (NH 9) to Vijayawada.

Tamil Nadu Government Plans To Showcase Chettinad Through Rural Tourism 
April 26, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A rural tourism cluster showcasing the culture and heritage of Chettinad, projects to improve infrastructural facilities in temple towns and introduction of open-deck buses in major tourist cities are some of the decisions taken by the Tamil Nadu government to promote tourism.

Western Ghats Task Force To Promote Ecotourism In Agumbe 
April 25, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Chairman of the Western Ghats Task Force Ananth Hegde Ashisar said on Tuesday that the task force would be promoting ecotourism at Agumbe in Shimoga district.

Indian Villagers' Homes Threatened By Heritage Ruling 
April 25, 2012 - NY Daily News - www.india.nydailynews.com
With its snuffling boars, motorbikes, samosa stand and Deepak General Stores, the village resembles thousands of similar communities across India. But look up from the rubbish-strewn, potholed main street and what makes Tughluqabad different from the others is very clear: a 700-year-old, 25-meter-high, 10-meter-thick, four-mile-long wall.

The Report Govt Wanted To Bury In Western Ghats 
April 25, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
The order of the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) asking the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to “disclose” the ecological report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) by May 5 is bound to have far-reaching consequences on “developmental” activity in the area.

What Are Beaches Without Tourists? 
April 24, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Karnataka's 320-km picturesque coastline has long beckoned tourists to its beaches.
During the summer months, it's the domestic tourist who heads to the Ullal, Suratkal, Malpe, Someshwar, Maravanthe, Murudeshwar and Karwar shorelines.

Tourism Can Stimulate Trade And Development, Agrees UN Conference 
April 24, 2012 - World Tourism Organization UNWTO - www.media.unwto.org
The theme of UNCTAD XIII, Development-Centered Globalization: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Development, focuses on how the global economy can spread its benefits more inclusively and sustainably, creating jobs and raising living standards for poor people and nations.

We Must Act Together To Fight Exploitation And Human Trafficking In Tourism, Say UN And International Partners 
April 24, 2012 - World Tourism Organization UNWTO - www.media.unwto.org
"Today, our two organizations are conveying a strong message to the world that we will not be party to activities that exploit women and children," said Mr. Fedotov at an event taking place this week during the 21st United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

Trips Cancelled In Peak Season - Stuck Or Forced To Stay 
April 23, 2012 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Taxis today refused to ply in the Dooars and those travelling to and from the hills either demanded double the fare or stopped before they arrived at their destinations, forcing tourists to trudge with their luggage for at least a kilometre on a day bandh supporters and their rivals clashed in the region.

Eco Tourism In Hassan To Get A Push Soon 
April 23, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
With the number of tourists to the district increasing year by year, the Hassan tourism department has chalked out a number of plans to promote eco tourism in the district.

‘Ranganathittu Should Be About Birds, Not Tourism' 
April 22, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The “development works” taken up by the Forest Department at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary has drawn flak from environmentalists and conservationists who are enraged that the natural beauty of the bird habitat has been blighted.

Hoteliers Seeks More Sops To Revive Industry, Promote Tourism 
April 22, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The executive committee of the South India Hotels and Restaurants' Association, which met here on Saturday, urged the southern States to give more incentives to the hotel industry and also to provide land for setting up hotels at cheaper rates, as land costs have become prohibitive.

Wake-Up Call In Ladakh 
April 22, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Summer is here, and what better than the snow covered hills and gorgeous vistas of Ladakh? Families, friends, honeymooners go there in great numbers now, enjoy the scenic beauty, shop and come back: but there is more to this ‘been there, done that' experience.

Of Toilets And Mamataspeak (West Bengal newsletter) 
April 22, 2012 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Soon after taking over the reins of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had referred to the plight of travellers - particularly women - on the highways, which have a negligible number of public toilets.

Working Group On Tourism Proposes Wide Ranging Strategies Emphasis On Skill Development And Capacity Building 
April 20, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Working Group on Tourism constituted by the Planning Commission for the 12th Five Year Plan has proposed wide-ranging strategies.

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