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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.

Orissa Government Puts Curbs On Tribal Tourism 
February 27, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With increasing concern about voyeuristic foreigners embarking on tribal safaris, the Orissa government on February 25, 2012 imposed strict rules for trips to areas inhabited by vulnerable tribal groups, such as Bondas and Dongaria Kondhs and even book those found contravening official guidelines. Tourists permitted into the area would not be allowed to stay night, stand close to tribals or enter their homes.

Orissa Puts Curbs On Tribal Tourism 
February 26, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
With increasing concern about voyeuristic foreigners embarking on tribal safaris, the Orissa government on Saturday imposed strict rules for trips to areas inhabited by vulnerable tribal groups, such as Bondas and Dongaria Kondhs and even book those found contravening official guidelines. Tourists permitted into the area would not be allowed to stay night, stand close to tribals or enter their homes.

North Karnataka Hoteliers Explore Options To Boost Business 
February 24, 2012 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Gloomy industrial scenario and absence of fresh investments have failed Hubli-Dharwad twin cities to emerge as a hospitality hub of northern Karnataka. Considering factors like geographic location, weather condition and connectivity, the sector could have emerged as major source of revenue of the region and its inclusive development.

Sikkim Tourism Unveils New Eco-Tourism Policy; To Develop Ten Villages As Model Villages 
February 15, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Sikkim Tourism with the help of the newly constituted Eco-Tourism Directorate of Sikkim has come out with a comprehensive policy to promote environment friendly tourism in the state. The new Eco-Tourism Policy of the State, which was released on January 26, 2012, envisages de-congesting the capital city, Gangtok, and improve dispersal of tourists to other parts of the state which are either virgin from a tourism perspective or not much explored by tourists so far. "The mandate of the new policy is to de-congest Gangtok. Sikkim has much more to offer than just Gangtok," an official of the Directorate said.

Rajasthan Government Partners With ITDC To Create Employment For Underprivileged Youth 
February 14, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Rajasthan government has joined hands with the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to create employable skills amongst less-educated youths and to bridge the gap of skilled manpower in the hospitality sector. The state government will sign a MoU with ITDC under which 8th standard pass youths will be imparted training in beverage and food production and preparation.

TFCI To Draft Tourism Master Plan For Chhattisgarh 
February 13, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) has awarded Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) the mandate to draft a Tourism Master Plan, which is expected to be ready by 2013. CTB had invited entries from interested consultants to draft the Tourism Master Plan and a total of 12 empanelled consultants participated in the bidding process. TFCI was selected after a presentation from five short-listed consultants. This information was revealed by Ashutosh Sharma, Consultant, CTB.

India Needs To Streamline Visa, Infrastructure To Tap Tourism Potential: Experts 
February 12, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
"Travel and tourism is the second largest employer in India and the second largest revenue earner. It needs no introduction. The country is a continent in itself. But the government has to sort out the visa road blocks and infrastructure loopholes," Iqbal Mulla, president of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), told IANS on the sidelines of a South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) business forum.

Rs 500 Crore To Boost Tourism In Kerala 
February 12, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The plan is to further promote the state as a popular tourism hub by creating better infrastructure like roads, hotels, shopping centres and houseboats.

Dont Ban Wildlife Tourism, Customise It 
February 11, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
MORE THAN 50 lakh tourists visit India’s forests every year. They and lakhs of others who make a living out of those visits started worrying when a 2006 amendment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 necessitated that India’s core critical tiger habitats be left ‘inviolate’.

Poor Infrastructure & Connectivity Cited As Biggest Challenges At The MP Tourism Conclave 
February 09, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The two-day Madhya Pradesh Tourism Conclave and B2B meet organized jointly by MP Tourism and FICCI in Khajuraho earlier this month facilitated an open interaction between the government and the travel trade. While the travel trade raised issues related with infrastructure and connectivity, the government put across their genuine intention to improve tourism infrastructure in the state by involving the private sector proactively. P Krishna Kumar reports on the deliberations

Three Check Posts, Three Rules By Forest Dept 
February 08, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
This difference has been causing problems to the tourists. There is one check post near Tanikodu, on the way from Sringeri to Karkala.

NTCA Asks States To Create Core Inviolate Areas For Tigers, Shift Tourism To Buffer Zones 
February 08, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Several resorts in and around tiger reserves may cease to exist as the Centre has asked state governments to acquire 800 to 1,000 square kilometers of land to provide core inviolate (empty) areas for tigers, and ban tourism there. In new guidelines issued to relocate 6,000 families in 41 tiger reserves in India, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has told the state governments that even private land, including estates should be acquired for creating inviolate space, according to a report by Hindustan Times.

Night Traffic Ban: Forum Suggests Alternative Roads To Kerala 
February 07, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Stating that the ban had caused a lot of misery and hardship to people from both the states, they have suggested an alternative route to Kerala by avoiding the wildlife areas completely.

Tourism Development In Coastal Districts A Priority' 
February 06, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said the Government had decided to give priority to development of tourism in the coastal districts.

U.S. Company Offers To Set Up Integrated Tourism Project In Kerala 
February 06, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Seagull Frontier Management, an integrated resort management company with its headquarters in the United States, has offered to set up an integrated tourism project in Kerala.

Hotel Construction At Mandarmani Stalled 
February 05, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The sea shores areas of Digha, Shankarpur, Tajpur and Mandarmani will soon get a facelift. The state urban development department has, however, banned further construction of new hotels in Mandarmani. The department has also ordered that all ongoing hotel projects be stopped till a policy is chalked out. The decision was taken in a meeting held at Writers' Buildings recently.

Rave Party Held To Increase Tourism In Udupi  
February 04, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
St Mary's Island on the Malpe coast played host to hundreds of foreigners and tourists who had come from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and other parts of India to participate in a three-day Rave Party called 'Spring Zouk' - the Island Festival that began on Friday. Over 600 couples participated in the festival.

Pilgrim, Green And Eco Tourism Initiatives In Kottayam, Idukki Districts 
February 04, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
State government has given green signal for developing a tourism project linking the eastern stretches of Kottayam and Idukki districts, combining pilgrim, green and eco tourism initiatives.

Govt Committed To Tourism Development, Says Minister 
February 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Villagers led by minister for social welfare, women & child development Bimla Pradhan commemorated martyrs of Kolh Revolt (Larka Andolan, 1832) at their place of martyrdom, Tiko Pokhra Toli, of Kuru block in Lohardaga. The Kolh Revolt took place on February 2, 1832. It was a national movement of the aboriginals.

Project Tiger: Bhadra, Kudremukh Dropped 
February 02, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Replying to the issue raised by Leader of  the Opposition Siddaramaiah, the minister said the government shelved the plan in the interest of tribals and other forest dwellers.

State To Promote River Tourism 
February 01, 2012 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
After showcasing wildlife and culture, Assam tourism is all set to focus on river tourism. The biggest and most modern cruise liner is being launched next month.

Uncertainty Looms Over Tourism Projects 
February 01, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The fate of some of the multi-crore tourism projects signed amid much fanfare during the recent Partnership Summit 2012 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) hangs in limbo, according to industry sources.

Promotion Of Domestic Tourism Stressed 
January 29, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
“It is high time we Indians took necessary steps to ensure proper protection of our ancient monuments which are of high artistic and aesthetic value”, said Prof N. Sreekumar, academic and All Kerala House Boat Owners’ Association secretary.

Naveen Orders For Probe Into Bonda Tourism Issue 
January 26, 2012 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
Taking strong exception to the reports and advertisement in certain website brochures of tour operators offering titillating human safaris in Odisha that provide a close look at the semi-naked Bonda tribe, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday asked the tourism department to probe into the matter and take possible legal action.

A Tourist Circuit For Every Religion, And One That Integrates All 
January 25, 2012 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Seven new tourist circuits will be developed across the country to facilitate travel to and stay at religious places. Work has already begun to prepare detailed project reports for Sufi, Buddhist & Jain, Christian, Sikh, Hinduism and Sarva Dharma circuits.

Majuli, KNP In Mega Tourist Circuit 
January 25, 2012 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The Ministry of Tourism has identified a National Park Mega Circuit covering Manas, Orang, Nameri, Kaziranga, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Majuli, as part of the Mega Tourist Circuits. At least 45 destinations have been identified all over the country.

Odisha Government To Spent Rs 675 Crore In Mega Development Plan Before Navakalevar 
January 25, 2012 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
The State Government has drawn up a `675-crore mega development plan for all the roads linking Puri before festival of Lord Jagannath scheduled to be held in 2015. The state government expecting a gathering of an estimated 50 lakh people in the Navakalevar festival.

Tourism Ministry Clears 45 Projects; Allocates Rs 110 Crore For UP, Punjab And J&K 
January 25, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism recently cleared 45 projects and has allocated a total of Rs 110 crore for development of tourism infrastructure and circuits in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab.

Tourism Ministry Planning Seven Religious Tourism Circuits Across India 
January 25, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism is planning to develop seven religious tourism circuits across the country. “India is home to a number of religions and there is huge scope in terms of boosting tourism to religious places,” Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Ministry of Tourism, India, said while speaking to the press today in New Delhi. The ministry will identify Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Sufi and Sarva Dharma places, according to a report by cathnewsindia.com.

Development Of Mega Destination And Tourist Circuit 
January 24, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism, has identified 45 Mega Tourist Destinations/Circuits in consultation with the concerned State Governments/Union Territories(U.T.) Administrations on the basis of footfalls and their future tourism potential. Out of the 45 identified projects, 30 have already been sanctioned. The details of mega tourist destinations/circuits are given below.

Casinos Are New Terror & Crime Havens 
January 22, 2012 - The Statesman - www.thestatesman.net
Indicating signs of possible funds related to crime and terror trickling into the Indian casino sector, a government report has said that more than 7,000 instances of suspicious transactions have been detected in the elite gaming business during the last financial year.

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).

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