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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.

Thanneerchal Tourism Project To Take Off Soon 
January 22, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Rs. 4.5 crore Thanneerchal tourism project at Tripunithura would be completed soon, as five tenders for the project have been awarded simultaneously. Addressing a press meet here on Friday, R. Venugopal, the chairman of Tripunithura municipal council, said that the projects worth Rs. 75 lakh would be expedited by March and would be partly opened for the public by Vishu this year.

Tourism Panel Holds First Meet 
January 21, 2012 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Facilities for tourist visa on arrival at Goa, Bangalore, Kochi and Hyderabad over the next year, upgraded road connectivity to all major tourist circuits, including Gangtok and Leh, eco tourism and reaching out to schools to promote tourism related vocational schools were amongst the decisions taken by an inter-ministerial coordination committee after its first meeting on Thursday.

Karnataka Govt To Set Up Eco-Tourism Board 
January 20, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Eco-tourism in the state is expected to receive a big boost with the state cabinet on Thursday approving the proposal to set up Eco-Tourism Development Board.

NE Seeks Special Package For Industry, Tourism 
January 20, 2012 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The North Eastern states have asked for a special “connectivity and communication package” to attract investment and boost tourism and industrial development in the region, officials said today, reports IANS.

Government Sets Up Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee For Tourism Sector 
January 20, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Government has set up an inter-ministerial coordination committee for Tourism Sector under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to resolve inter-ministerial and industry issues and promote tourism.  Shri Pulok Chatterji presided over the first meeting of the committee in PMO on 19.1.2012. Secretaries to Government of India of important ministries were present.

More Than Just Tigers  
January 20, 2012 - Daily Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants to show that she is a woman of her word and in tune with the times. On a recent visit to her State’s coastal areas, she reiterated her pledge to turn the beaches into attractive tourist destinations. Observing that Digha had become congested, she declared that she would promote tourism in neighbouring Mandarmoni as well. This announcement brought cheer to the Mandarmoni Beach Hoteliers’ Association and water-sports promoters.

Eco-Tourism Units As Getaways For IT Crowd 
January 19, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Briefing reporters after the State Cabinet gave its nod to constitute Karnataka Eco-Tourism Development Board to develop and operate eco-tourism and wildlife tourism, here on Thursday, he said the Board, to be headed by the Forest Minister, will develop eco-tourism hubs across the State and frame guidelines to ensure that these hubs do not disturb wildlife or ecological balance.

Rs. Five Crore For Kottayam Tourism Development Schemes 
January 19, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Half a dozen tourism projects are being implemented in the district at a cost of Rs.Five crore, district Tourism Promotion Council this year.

State Shoots Down WG Authority Idea 
January 18, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
It has written to the government opposing the recommendation, stating that the proposal seems almost ‘draconian’ and that the State will have very little say in terms of land and forest, which are ‘state subjects’, if it is implemented.

Wildlife Sanctuaries To Get Bigger 
January 17, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The government on December 27, 2011, notified around 1,255.64 sq km of reserve forest land as national park and wildlife sanctuaries. As per the notification, the areas of four wildlife sanctuaries – Dandeli, Mookambika, Cauvery and Someshwara, and one national park – Bannerghatta, have been extended by amalgamating them with reserve forests, thereby bringing a larger area under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Tourist Spot Opened At Bogamati 
January 17, 2012 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The Bogamati area is located in the Indo-Bhutan border 30 km off Goreswar. It lies between the two ranges of hills at the foothills of the Bhutan border. The Bogamati hilly area completely belongs to the newly created Baksa district in BTAD.

The Focus Of Tourism Globally Is Shifting Towards The East: David Kong 
January 16, 2012 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
So what if the global economy is not in the pink of health? India's growth story seems still very credible to global corporations looking to grow beyond their borders. The world's largest hotel chain Best Western International Inc, USA, has down up plans to expand its presence in the country with an investment of Rs 1,600 crore in the hospitality sector.

Mandarmani Hotels Draw Mamata Ire 
January 14, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Seaside hotels flouting coastal regulation laws at Mandarmani beach, around 22 kilometres from Digha, have finally come under government scanner. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked Digha Shankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) chairman Debashis Sen to submit a status report on the illegal hotels in a week. The CM gave the instructions soon after paying a visit to a seaside resort at Mandarmani.

Ban Construction Of Resorts On Foothills Of Chandradrona Hill 
January 14, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The district administration should not allow resorts to come up in Western Ghats. Shola forest, grasslands are part and parcel of Chandradrona hill and is known for its fauna and flora. “Whether it is right to allow resorts to come up in the region.

India Signs MoU On Tourism With ASEAN 
January 13, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has said that MoU between India and ASEAN would serve as the key instrument for more action oriented cooperation, encouraging both parties to cooperate in facilitating travel and tourist visit and further strengthening the close tourism partnership.

Kashmir Now Safe Haven For Tourists, Says State Minister 
January 13, 2012 - Arab News - arabnews.com
“This is evident from the more than two million visitors to the state last year. In fact, Kashmir is paradise on earth and can be visited around the year,” he told a press conference at Jeddah’s Movenpick Hotel.

'Village Home Stays' In Sikkim Gaining Popularity 
January 11, 2012 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
In a bid to boost tourism in Lingee Payong village of Sikkim, the tourism department has decided to set up village home stay locale which is gaining popularity among the domestic as well as international tourists.

Unesco Tag: State Digs Its Heels In 
January 10, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
With barely 20 days left for India to resubmit its dossier to Unesco World Heritage Committee (WHC) for the serial nomination of the Western Ghats, Karnataka, as in the previous year, isn’t making the task any easier for the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

Indian Tourists Top Spenders In Singapore 
January 09, 2012 - Hindustan Times - travel.hindustantimes.co
Even as the whole world is talking about economic slowdown, Indians travelling abroad seem to have thrown the worry to the wind, that is if one goes by the figures of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Now Unwind On Beach Tent Houses On Panambur Beach 
January 09, 2012 - The Times Of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
It is a move that will open up exciting relaxation getaway on the pristine shores of Panambur beach near here. Tourists, corporate and anyone with slightly deeper pockets can now enjoy the cool breeze wafting in from the Arabian Sea from the comforts of beach tent houses that Panambur Beach Development Project is erecting on the sea shore adjacent to the boundary wall of the Indian Coast Guard district headquarters here.

Gujarat Tourism To Spend Rs 5,500 Cr To Ramp Up Infra In 2 Yrs 
January 08, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
Gujarat Tourism, which is holding the 22nd international kite festival between January 10 and 14, said that it has lined up Rs 5,500 crore to ramp up the infrastructure of 37 projects in the next two years. "We have got Rs 5,500 crore budget allocation to develop our infrastructure in next two years for 37 projects

Andaman Islands Tribe Threatened By Lure Of Mass Tourism 
January 07, 2012 - The Guardian - www.guardian.co.uk
"Dance," the policeman instructed. The girls in front of him, naked from the waist up, obeyed. A tourist's camera panned round to another young woman, also naked and awkwardly holding a bag of grain in front of her. "Dance for me," the policeman commanded.

State To Promote Tourism 
January 07, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
Stating that Kerala has not been able to keep up the pace with which it had promoted tourism a quarter century back, tourism minister A P Anilkumar has said the state is far behind Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat in marketing tourism globally.

Forest Department Not In Favour Of Ghats Authority 
January 04, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala Forest Department has come out against the formation of the Western Ghats Ecology Authority since it feels that the move will violate the “principles of federalism and decentralised decision-making” process. The proposal to declare the entire Western Ghats an eco-sensitive area, as suggested by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, also failed to find favour with the department.

Slowdown-Hit Tourism Sector Struggles To Move Ahead 
January 03, 2012 - Hindustan Times - travel.hindustantimes.com
The economic slowdown in the US and Europe coupled with adverse travel advisories hit the tourism sector in 2011 as the country saw less footfalls even during the festive season.

State Tourism To Get A Revamp 
January 02, 2012 - Times Of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state tourism department will soon have an exhaustive masterplan to fall back on. Complete with a list of identified destinations, tourism opportunities, shortfalls specific to all 30 districts, the masterplan is meant to be a ready reference for the department on tourist hubs, once it gets compiled.

A Slice Of The World 
January 01, 2012 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
This year the people of West Bengal will be able to get a slice of London, Bangkok and Switzerland at their doorsteps. Several projects are in the pipeline to give the state and its capital an international look and feel.

TCGL Plans To Sign MoU With Travel Trade Associations At End Of Rann Utsav 
December 31, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
As part of its strategy to focus on forging partnerships to boost tourism in the state, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) has invited the heads of national level travel trade associations for discussing and signing a Memorandum of Understanding to promote tourism to the state and the country.

Tribal Rehabilitation Burns A Hole In States Pockets 
December 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Despite getting the third highest allocation of Rs 8.85 crore from the Centre for Project Tiger, the State Government is grappling with the primary situation of rehabilitating nearly 600 families from wildlife sanctuaries at a cost of Rs 10 lakh per family.

Implementation Of Tiger Project Worries Malnad Residents 
December 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
After the announcement of Kudremukh National Park, the Naxals raised their ugly head in the region.

Chattisgarh Tourism Board Rolls Out 360 Degree Advertising Campaign 
December 30, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) has rolled out a 360-degree advertising campaign recently across various media including television, print, radio, web, social media, outdoor, events and activations. The total budget for the entire campaign is Rs seven crore.

Chhattisgarh Tourism Board To Raise Ad Spend By 20 Per Cent In 2012 
December 30, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) which rolled out a 360-degree advertising campaign in October 2011 across various media including television, print, radio, web, social media, outdoor, events and activations, plans to hike its ad spend by 20 per cent in 2012. The total budget for the entire campaign is Rs 7 crore.

Jammu & Kashmir Govt To Promote Eco-Tourism 
December 30, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In an effort to woo more tourists, the Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling a slew of projects to promote eco-tourism in various regions of the state. "We are currently working on several projects to promote eco-tourism in the state," Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Forest and Environment, Govt of Jammu & Kashmir said after a meeting with officials of his department recently.

Rs 1,500-Cr Investments Expected At Coastal Summit 
December 30, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The investments would be mainly in food and marine processing industries besides tourism and health sector.

ASI To Enlist Belur, Halebid For Unesco Heritage Tag 
December 30, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Superintending Archeologist, Bangalore Circle, ASI, G S Narasimhan said on Friday that a list of heritage monuments of the Hoysala period along with megalithic burial sites including the ones in Kumti, Bellary and Coorg would be soon sent to the ASI under the serial nominations category.

Bhadra Reserve Forest Made Animal-Friendly 
December 29, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Eco Sensitive Zone in reserve forest limits will be changed. Usually this zone can have 10 km area decided on the basis of revenue department blueprints and blueprint of reserve forest along with the activities going on in and around reserved area.

DGCA May Ban Indian Carriers From Submitting Emissions Data To EU 
December 29, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Indian government may issue an executive order banning domestic carriers from submitting carbon emissions data to the European Union (EU), if efforts to convince the Union to withdraw the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), fail. The tax, which could cost domestic carriers billions of dollars in EU airspace emissions fees, comes into force from January 1. Another option is adopting a "tit for tat" approach and impose a retaliatory tax on European carriers.

State Drags Feet Over Protecting Heritage Sites 
December 29, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Encroachment of monuments and huge tracts of open land surrounding them is going on unabated in North Karnataka in general, and Bijapur in particular. There are more than 100 Centrally Protected Monuments here.

Cyclonic Storm Brewing, 700 Tourists Stranded 
December 28, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Nearly 700 tourists, domestic and foreign, have been stranded in the Havelock Islands of South Andamans since Sunday because the authorities suspended transport services to Port Blair after the weather turned inclement. A cyclonic storm is blowing over the Bay of Bengal.

Chattisgarh Looking At Public-Private-Partnerships To Strengthen Tourism Service Sector 
December 28, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Chhattisgarh government, which is planning to double visitor inflow in the next two years, is looking for Public-Private-Partnerships to strengthen its tourist service sector, a senior government official said. "Our state has an abundance of natural beauty and is rich in minerals. To keep it intact, we don't want to attract huge crowd and therefore we are targeting HNIs.

HPTDC Approves Proposal For Setting Up Eco-Tourism Camps In Sangla 
December 28, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to promote Eco-Tourism in the tribal areas of the state, the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has approved a proposal for setting up an Eco-Tourism-cum-Nature Camp of pre-fabricated Tourist Huts at Sangla in Kinnaur district.

MoT Introduces STCI For Travel Companies And Hotels 
December 28, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is in the process of introducing Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) in next few months after the unveiling of the 'Code of Conduct for Safe and Honorable Tourism' policy. The main idea is to encourage Sustainable and Responsible Tourism among the principal stakeholders of Indian travel and tourism sector.

No Compensation For Traders Evicted From Hampi Bazaar 
December 26, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Having lived a life of uncertainty for five months in temporary shelters and distinctly unsanitary conditions, the 314 families, who were evicted from the Hampi bazaar opposite the iconic 16th century Virupaksha temple, now fear the worst.

Tsunami Funds Diverted To Tourism Projects 
December 25, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
The Central Government had sanctioned Rs 1441.75 crore to rebuild the costal areas in Kerala. In October 2006, the then Revenue Minister K P Rajendran announced the scheme in the Assembly.

Chinese Ambassador To India To Explore Possibilities Of Tourism Exchange With OTDC Officials  
December 23, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Odisha’s Buddhist Tourism potential seems to have impressed China. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India, is scheduled to hold discussions with the officials of state-run Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) in Bhubaneshwar today to explore the possibility of developing tourism ties between India and China.

Michael Meade Appointed Acting CEO Of Tourism Fiji 
December 23, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Michael Meade has been appointed as Acting CEO of Tourism Fiji and has taken up leadership of the Fijian national tourism organisation. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister of Tourism and Attorney General, Fiji, said he was delighted to welcome Michael Meade to Fiji to help guide Fijian tourism as the organisation begins to implement a new change in its strategic goals and objectives. "Michael is one of Asia Pacific’s more successful tourism executives, and he brings a wealth of over 30 years of knowledge and experience to Tourism Fiji,” he said.

Tamil Nadu Allotted Rs 550 Crore For Development Of Tourism Infrastructure 
December 23, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Tamil Nadu is set to become more charming, with two amusement parks on the lines of the popular Sentosa in Singapore planned for Chennai and Tiruchirapalli, each at a cost of Rs 50 crore, among a host of other measures proposed by J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister, Government of India recently, as she earmarked Rs 550 crore for the state’s tourism sector. Apart from the parks, a seven-point charter that the Chief Minister has evolved to improve tourism includes package tours in rural areas, integrated infrastructure improvement of tourist circuits, better roadside facilities for tourists, Helicopter Tourism, Cruise Tourism and Cable Car Tourism, an official release stated.

Tourists Around But Tax Collection Fails - Darjeeling Municipality To Revamp Policy For Revenue Increase 
December 23, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The administration’s effort to generate revenue for Darjeeling through tourist tax has hit logistics hurdles though the Queen of Hills will host quite a number of visitors during the short Christmas-New year calendar.

Church Wants Govt To Rectify RP 2021 
December 22, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The Church on Wednesday asked for appropriate corrections in the Regional Plan 2021 for sustainable development at a presentation of the state-level committee to Archbishop Patriarch Rev Felipe Neri Ferrao and the Council for Social Justice and Peace, officials said. However, repres-entatives were not too sure about how the corrections were to be made as they were not convinced about the state’s argument on section 17C of the TCP Act being appropriate as per government rules themselves.

MIAL Asks Maharashtra Government To Rehabilitate Slum-Dwellers To Expedite Mumbai Airports Modernisation 
December 22, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which has been appointed to carry out the modernisation of the Mumbai airport, recently warned the state government that unless rehabilitation of slum-dwellers takes off, plans of modernisation may stay as just plans.

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