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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.

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.

Land Losers In Troubled Waters 
March 13, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Though work on the ambitious project is nearing completion, there seems to be no end to the land owners’ woes; some of them even completed their journey of life while struggling to get their compensation.

Setback In Tourism Sector In Jharkhand Due To Suspension Of Jnaneswari Express 
March 13, 2012 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
The tourist inflow from the eastern region to Jharkhand has been virtually nil since the suspension of direct train services from Howrah to Ranchi, via Tatanagar in Jamshedpur, soon the Jnaneswari Express train derailment in West Bengal’s Midnapore district on May 28, 2010.

Unregulated Water Sports Puts Damper On Tourism, Complain Shack Owners 
March 12, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Uncontrolled water sports activity along the Calangute-Baga shoreline is posing a danger to swimmers in the sea, inconveniencing tourists on the beach and in the shacks and is generally ruining tourism in the tourism hotspot of Goa.

Rajasthan Hardsells Tourism In Mysore 
March 10, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Rajasthan government is going all out to promote tourism and attract more tourists from Karnataka.The tourism department, as part of its promotional activities, has organized three-day 'Rajasthan Calling' festival here. By showcasing Rajasthan culture, tradition and art to Mysoreans, the festival aims at attracting more tourists.

AP Tourism To Restore And Uplift Heritage Sites In Hyderabad 
March 08, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Buoyed by the recognition for Hyderabad, the capital city, as the best Heritage city at the recent National Tourism Awards, Andhra Pradesh Tourism (AP Tourism) will embark on a plan to restore and spruce up the heritage sites in the city of Hyderabad and rest of the state in a big way. Speaking to the media after receiving the National Award, Chandana Khan, Principal Secretary – Tourism, Andhra Pradesh said that the honour had strengthened their resolve to complete the unfinished work in the heritage tourism front in the capital city in a big way.

Proposed Golf Course Irks Golconda Activists 
March 07, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Environmentalists, who are up in arms against the project, have warned that the site would be erased from the city’s landscape if unbridled encroachment around the area and the government-sponsored construction activities are not halted immediately.

Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Tourism In Tiger Reserves On March 13, 2012 
March 07, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The fate of tourism in core areas of tiger reserves will be finally decided by the Supreme Court on March 13, 2012. The case received a new twist after one of the leading NGOs Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) intervening in the matter.

Pune Firm Told To Make Realistic Eco-Tourism Plan 
March 07, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Pune-based Unison Private Limited, which has been appointed to prepare a 36-crore eco-tourism project in Vidarbha, has been asked to be more realistic than idealistic.

Government Aims To Create 77.5m Jobs In Tourism And Hospitality Sector By 2016 
March 06, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia
The Government aims at creating 77.5 million jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector by 2016 by adopting a ''pro-poor'' approach to the development of the sector in the 12th five year Plan. “Initiatives to be taken towards the development of the tourism and hospitality sector in 12th Plan will aim at increasing net benefits to the poor from tourism and ensure that tourism growth contributes to poverty,” said a Ministry of Tourism official, according to a report by Deccan Herald.

International Civil Aviation Organisation Says Emissions Proposal By End-2012 
March 06, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The head of the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation said on March 5, 2012 that his agency still plans to have a proposal on measures to address emissions from aviation by the end of 2012, even as critics push for faster change. "I read the press like anyone. I listen to all of the criticisms which have been stated by some about the pace, "Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organisation said in an interview, marking his reappointment for a new three-year term at the helm of the Montreal-based ICAO. He added, "You have to understand that ICAO is an international organization with a membership of 191 countries, and you have to find a consensus."

India To Develop 20 World Class Tourism Parks 
March 05, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Centre plans to develop 20 tourism parks in the country on the lines of the popular Sentosa island resort of Singapore. The proposed tourist spots will be developed adjacent to important tourist destinations across the country. The government also plans to consider building some of these parks in developing or under-developed tourist destinations with high potential.

Rajasthan Bags Second Best National Tourism Award 
March 05, 2012 - Hindustan Times - travel.hindustantimes.com
Rajasthan has bagged the second best national award in the Comprehensive Development of Tourism category. The award was given away by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi to the Principal Resident Commissioner in Delhi, Seema Bahugana.

Government To Add 100 Budget Hotels By 2016 Through PPP Mode 
March 03, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Union Government is planning to add 100 budget hotels by 2016 in a bid to encourage the hospitality sector. The Ministry of Tourism wants to set up these hotels through a public-private-partnership (PPP) in one, two and three-star categories, besides adding 3,440 rooms by the end of the 12th Plan period (2012-17). The land for building these hotels will be allotted through a “transparent bidding process”, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s working group report on the 12th Plan. Companies with a minimum experience of five years in running budget hotels will be allowed to bid for these.

KSSP Meet On Conservation Of Kadinamkulam Lake 
March 03, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
The Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) would organise a convention at Thonikkadavu Junction near Kadinamkulam for the conservation of the Kadinamkulam Lake on March 4 at 3 pm.

President Pratibha Patil Urges Multi-Pronged Approach To Achieve Growth In Tourism 
March 01, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In order to achieve further growth in tourism, the President of India Pratibha Patil, has urged for a multi-pronged approach to be adopted to make visitors’ experience pleasant and hassle-free. “India has exquisite destinations, diverse culture, colourful festivals, long heritage and vast landscape to attract tourists,” the President said.

To Protect Tiger Reserves, Govt May Acquire Private Estates 
March 01, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Union ministry of environment and forests is planning to strengthen its tiger conservation programme in the Western Ghats and reduce man-animal conflicts by acquiring private estates that border or are within tiger reserves in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The proposal, put up during a meeting of the standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife, includes acquisition of several estates in the Periyar Tiger Reserve area (in Thekkady, Kerala) and Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu).

Charkop Mangroves Are Being Destroyed By Encroachers: Activists 
February 29, 2012 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Around 138 acres of mangroves at Charkop, Kandivli (West), adjoining the Manori Creek, are under threat. For the past two months, reclamation, encroachments and bonfires near sector 8 of Charkop village are slowly eating into the rich reserve of mangroves.

India In Need Of Protection From Russian Tourists 
February 29, 2012 - Russia & India Report - indrus.in
Most likely, the Indian official was concerned about the quality of those people, rather than their quantity. According to the deputy, the Russians do not respect the laws of the country, where they come to live.

ITDC Plans PPP And Consolidation Of Business 
February 27, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) plans to maximise revenue by leveraging resources of its existing hotels through public-private partnership (PPP) and consolidation of existing businesses. This is part of its five-year roadmap for the upgradation and renovation of its hotel properties that operate under the brand name The Ashok, besides other verticals such as Ashok Travel & Tours, Ashok Events and Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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