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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 
August 09, 2017

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Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
The Access to justice study was conducted in 2or6 to assess the ability of sexually exploited children to access the criminal judicial process in India...
 
The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

I remember as a kid in the month of August a few dozen buses full of Yatri

 
Amarnath Yatra Clashes With Burhan Wani Death Anniversary, Forces Anxious 
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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Hill Tourists Taken For A Ride - Travel Agents Rake In Money With Trips To Ruined Rock Garden 
April 17, 2012 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Tourists in Darjeeling are visiting parks and spots that are in a shambles as tour operators are doing little to warn them what to expect.



Town Awaits Heritage Tag 
April 17, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
This town could be Karnataka’s answer to old Goa’s World Heritage Village at Velha with its Cathedral of Bom Jesus and the ruins of the St Augustine’s Towers.



Hotels Look To Govt For Domestic Tourism Boost 
April 15, 2012 - Financial Chronicals - www.mydigitalfc.com
With domestic travel catching on in India, thanks to a volatile rupee, leading hotel chains are looking to the government to promote domestic tourism to attract the creamy segment of high-spending Indian travelers who are hitting international destinations at present.



Delhi Tourism Initiates Joint Promotions With Other State Tourism Boards 
April 13, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) is planning to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with other State Tourism Boards in the country in the coming months to jointly-promote travel packages and products of the respective states in a mutually-beneficial manner.



High Court Sets Guidelines On Lake Privatization 
April 12, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday disposed of PILs related to privatisation of city lakes with a series of directions to authorities about upkeep of these water bodies.



Goa Govt To Take Tourism Sector In Confidence For Infra Plans 
April 10, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
The Manohar Parrikar-led state government has decided to take into confidence the tourism industry before finalising the infrastructural plans for the tourist areas through cluster development approach.



No Residential Occupation At Hampi World Heritage Site:HC 
April 10, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
PILs had been filed opposing the relocation at Kaddirampura as per the state government plan. Petitioners had alleged that the land given to them was on a Muslim burial ground.



Goa's Grand Hyatt In Green Trouble 
April 09, 2012 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
High court to hear contrasting views on location in CRZ later this month, in the background of more than one rule change



Minister Promises Facelift To Eco-Tourism In Konni 
April 08, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Eco-tourism project jointly launched by the Forest department and Tourism department with the Elephant camp at Konni six years ago is soon to get a facelift.



SC Orders States To Notify Tiger Reserve Buffer Zone In 3 Months 
April 04, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state governments to demarcate and notify buffer zone around each tiger reserves within three months, an order that would regulate commercialization of revenue land around these tiger habitats to help preserve the endangered species.



CAG Slams Tourism And Culture Dept For Unfinished Projects 
April 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India took potshots at Odisha government for failing to execute two projects, announced by the tourism and culture department almost seven years ago.



A Paradise In Exile 
April 03, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
KANDHAMAL IN the tourism map of Odisha is a notable spot. Its location nestling amidst hills clad in greenery, the dense forests, the waterfalls and natural beauty make it a tourist hub.



Tourism Ministry Sanctioned 160 Tourism Projects During 2011-12 Annual Report Of The Ministry Of Tourism Released 
April 03, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Ministry of Tourism continued its efforts to develop quality tourism infrastructure at tourist destinations and circuits across the country.



Golden Chariot Offers Special Summer Package From April 16 
April 02, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Golden Chariot, the luxury train run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, has announced a special summer package.



Government of India (GOI), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and States of Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand sign a $ 43.84 Million Loan Agreement for the Second Tranche of Infrastructure Development Investment Program to boost Tourism in two States 
April 02, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Government of India (GOI), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and States of Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand  today signed a $ 43.84 million loan agreement for the second tranche of Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism.



Large Number Of Ancient Monuments Unidentified In Karnataka 
April 02, 2012 - NDTV - www.ndtv.com
A large number of ancient monuments remained unidentified in the state, where there was no coordinated strategic approach to heritage management, according to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).



Akhilesh Yadav's Native District To Get Its 'Lion Safari' 
April 01, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Lion Safari - the dream project of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav which was shelved by the previous Mayawati regime - is now being revived by the new Uttar Pradesh government.



Be cautious on hinterland tourism: NGO 
April 01, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The scale of tourism in the hinterland should be kept at a manageable level to protect family life in villages, Asha family responsibilities and rights association, a NGO has stated.



Government Rejects Western Ghats Panel Report As Impractical 
March 31, 2012 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Maharashtra government has rejected the Western Ghats expert ecology panel report, terming it as impractical, in its communication to the Centre. The state government has objected to the classification of 43 of its talukas as Environmentally Sensitive Zone (ESZ) I, where no development other than agriculture will be allowed.



Foreign Direct Investments In Tourism 
March 30, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Hotel and Tourism sector is  declared as high priority sector and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) upto 100%, under the automatic route is permitted in ‘Hotels & Tourism Sector’, subject to applicable laws/regulations, security and other conditionalties.



Gujarat Pushes The Pedal On Tourism 
March 30, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Two crore travellers were expected to experience Gujarat Tourism this financial year, a growth of 15 per cent over the previous twelve months.



Tiger Tourism Hit As Villagers Near Sariska Intensify Stir 
March 30, 2012 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
The Sariska Tiger reserve remained closed for the second day on Thursday following protests by local farmers residing in the periphery of the reserve. Even resorts around the reserve were closed to further bookings from foreign tourists.



Audio Guides To Pep Up Visits To Mamallapuram 
March 29, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
As children, many students get the opportunity to visit Mamallapuram and marvel at the stone carvings. But beyond the very basic stories told by accompanying teachers or guides, they don't learn much.



PIL Against Hotels-In-CRZ Policy Disposed 
March 29, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The high court of Bombay at Goa recently disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Goa Foundation challenging the government's hotels and beach resorts policy in CRZ III areas.



Goa Allocates Rs 261 Crore For Tourism Sector This Year 
March 28, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Goa government has increased the tourism sector outlay for FY 2012-13 from Rs 95.43 crore last year to Rs 261.30 crore. A world-class consulting agency will be employed to formulate a tourism policy, which will provide a master plan for the sector.



Maharashtra Allots Rs 438 Crore For Civil Aviation Towards Land Acquisition In State Budget 
March 28, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra government has provisioned Rs 438 crore for the civil aviation sector towards acquisition of land for development of airports in Rajgurunagar, Amravati, Kolhapur, Shirdi, Karad and an airstrip for a Multi-modal International cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN).



Rs. 300 Crore For Vizag-Bhimili Tourism Corridor 
March 28, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Tourism corridor will be developed at eight places on the stretch between Ramakrishna Beach and Bheemunipatnam at a cost of Rs.300 crore, according to District Collector Lav Agarwal.



'Child Exploitation Cases Up In 2011' 
March 27, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
City-based Childline, a 24-hour helpline for children in distress, rescued 116 children from serious abuse and provided shelter to 46 in 2011. The number of cases of child trafficking, abuse, child labour and beggary increased during 2011 in comparison to 2010, said a report released by the helpline, which completed 11 years of operation on Monday.



Jammu & Kashmir Government Allocates Rs 124 Crore For Tourism In FY 2012-13 
March 27, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to enhance its tourism offerings and to develop better infrastructure for tourists, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has allocated a sum of Rs 124 crore for tourism in the state’s financial budget for the fiscal year 2012-13. The state has further announced various incentives, concessions and exemptions favouring the tourism sector for the year.



Maharashtra Allocates Rs 228 Crore For Tourism In This Years Budget 
March 27, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Department has been allocated Rs 228 crore in this year’s budget to broaden its scope and develop the state’s untapped tourist spots.



Government To Pump In Rs 261cr To Boost Tourism 
March 27, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The government has increased the tourism sector outlay from Rs 95.43 crore last year to Rs 261.30 crore this year. A world-class consulting agency will be employed to formulate a tourism policy, which will provide a master plan for the sector.


Tourism Stakeholders Happy With Sops 
March 27, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
It's Happy Hours for the tourism sector and stakeholders are on a high.



Part Of ECR To Become Tourism Corridor 
March 27, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
One of Chennai's signature hangout destinations, the East Coast Road, is soon set to be further improved.



Implementation Of Coastal Regulations 
March 26, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Central Government is adopting holistic approach to Coastal area development in the Country.



Nearly Two Billion Travellers To Visit India By 2021: HVS & WTTC Report 
March 26, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Going by the double-digit growth of the travel industry, India is expected to have around 1.747 billion travellers by 2021, which would require 1,88,500 additional hotel rooms, according to a recent study.



Tourist Infrastructure In Ladakh 
March 26, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development and promotion of tourism, including improving tourist infrastructure, is primarily undertaken by the State Governments / Union Territory Administrations. However, the Ministry of Tourism provides financial assistance to State Governments, for improvement of tourism related infrastructure, on the basis of proposals received from them subject to availability of funds and inter-se-priority.



Tribal Women 
March 26, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. As such, prevention of crime is the primary responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territories. Ministry of Tourism does not compile the data on crimes.



Baby Falak Case Exposes Child Sex Racket In Delhi Hotels 
March 25, 2012 - India Today - indiatoday.intoday.in
When the rest of the city goes to sleep, defenceless children brought from across the country are awake satisfying the lust of men who check in at the brightly lit new hotels on the NH-8 stretch at Mahipalpur opposite Delhi's international airport.



Govt Bans Indian Carriers From Paying EU Carbon Tax 
March 24, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The government has barred Indian airlines from complying with the European Union carbon tax scheme, joining China in resistance to plans that have caused a backlash among the EU’s trade partners.



ITB Berlin 2012 Focuses On Sustainability In Tourism 
March 24, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Sustainability in tourism is becoming an increasingly important issue and nowhere was this more accurately reflected than at ITB Berlin 2012 held from March 7-9, 2012.



Goa Economic Survey 2011-2012 Focuses On Boosting Tourism 
March 23, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A golf course, a convention centre, beautification of beaches including Colva and Baga and the setting up of a Goa Haat are some of the initiatives of the state government intended to boost tourism in Goa, the Goa economic survey 2011-12, states.



Karnataka Budget All Roads Lead To Tourist Spots 
March 23, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Karnataka scored big time in tourism in 2011 with the state receiving about 8.46 crore tourists, a 70% rise in number of international tourists.



Tourism Ministry Signs MoU With Ministry Of Civil Aviation 
March 21, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Ministry of Tourism signed an MoU with Ministry of Civil Aviation here today to promote more synergy between both the Ministries for effectively positioning India as a preferred tourism destination in the tourist generating markets overseas.



CCTVs To Keep Vigil On Goa Beaches Soon 
March 20, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Over three dozen CCTV cameras will soon start capturing all the movements and activities on Goa's crowded beaches. This move is part of the State Government's initiative to curb illegal activities on the shores.



Odisha: Italian Tourists Visited Forested Area Violating Stipulated Guidelines Says Chief Secretary 
March 19, 2012 - The Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
The two abducted Italian tourists had ventured into the forested area despite being warned of the Maoist menace by the Daringibadi police station and district officials. This was informed by the Chief Secretary B K Patnaik.



New Chilika Rules To Monitor Dolphin Tourism 
March 17, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In an effort towards streamlining dolphin tourism in Chilika lagoon, Chilika Development Authority (CDA) is planning to restrict movement of boats inside the brackish water.



Budget 2012: Tourism Gets Mere Nine Per Cent Hike 
March 16, 2012 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
India's tourism sector Friday got an allocation of Rs.1,282 crore for 2012-13 - a mere 9.5 per cent increase over the previous year.



A Wellness Card For The Medical Tourist 
March 15, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
If you live abroad but want to come to India for treatment when you fall ill, then, all you need is an international wellness card. It offers not just treatment but also assures the holder a reasonable deal in a hospital here.



States Need To Do Their Bit To Promote Tourism, Says Survey 
March 15, 2012 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
In order to promote India as a major tourism destination, States need to complement Centre’s actions by rationalising luxury taxes and allowing easy clearance to hotel projects.



Tourism An Export Growth Engine And Employment Generator Says Economic Survey 2011-12 
March 15, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Tourism is not only a growth engine but also an export growth engine and employment generator. According to the Economic Survey 2011-12 presented in Lok Sabha today, the sector has capacity to create large-scale employment both direct and indirect, for diverse sections in society, from the most specialized to unskilled workforce.



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