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India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

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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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HRAWI Commends Railway Ministry’s Move of Commissioning Taxi Drivers as Tourist Guides in Maharashtra 
February 03, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The recent announcement of commissioning local taxi and auto drivers as tourist guides at Kankavali Station in Maharashtra, made by Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, Government of India, has been applauded by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI). The association has cited this move as a sign of inclusive governance that goes beyond its scope of work to support ancillary industries, as per a release.



UK Expert Gives Railways Tips on Heritage Trains 
January 30, 2015 - www.dnaindia.com
Is it possible for the Indian Railways to breathe life into its old, narrow gauge steam engines and trains for tourism purposes as well as heritage value, like the United Kingdom has done with its nationwide network of heritage railways?



The 1% Obsession! 
January 22, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India Tourism has long been obsessed with the one per cent syndrome. In spite of the change of guard at the helm - half-a-dozen ministers in the last ten years - the obsession with this figure has remained almost intact. As the target (12 million, one per cent of total global international arrivals of 1.1 billion) remained elusive, we shifted the deadline to achieve this repeatedly. We missed the target, first in 2010 when Commonwealth Games brought more shame rather than visitors to the country.



Rail Budget to Earmark More Funds for Tourism 
January 21, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
“Since the Railway Board has been relieved from the tendering responsibilities, tenders for catering will largely be decided at the zonal level,” a senior railway official told Deccan Herald.



MoT to Organise Inter-Ministerial Conclave on Feb 9, 2015 
January 20, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In order to establish synergy among the ministries related to tourism development, Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) had put forth a proposal to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India to conduct an Inter-ministerial Conclave.



MoT to Come up with New Tourism Policy in 6 Months 
January 14, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is planning to formulate a new tourism policy in the next six months. It will be a comprehensive action plan and road map for Indian tourism for coming times, said Dr Lalit K Panwar, Secretary - Tourism, Government of India, while the HIFI Conference got underway in New Delhi today.



The Plight of Women Taxi Drivers In Goa 
January 09, 2015 - mwlbyeva.com
Isn’t it admirable for women to take up jobs which is otherwise strongly dominated by men? Most of us would agree to the fact that our nation is progressing with the thought of women empowerment. This same thought was shared by most of us a few months back, when in October 2014 the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) started the ‘Women Taxi Drivers’ services for women tourists and locals. Just three months after the commencement of the services, who knew promises would be broken and the concept of ‘women empowerment’ would become nothing but a mere joke to the system.



Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Launches Konkan Tour for Budget Travellers 
December 11, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
After failing miserably in boosting tourism with the expensive Mango package tours to Konkan, the state tourism department has now launched another package, this one for "budget" travellers. The development is expected to bring more footfalls to the region.



Tourism Workers Demand Payment of Outstanding Wages 
December 08, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Many tourists were disappointed at Araku on Sunday, as three tourism spots, Padmapuram gardens, tribal museum and horticulture nursery, were closed due to a boycott staged by contract workers. The workers attributed the sudden strike to the managements' failure to pay salaries to the employees for the past four months.



Narendra Modi Announces Rs 28,000 crore for New Rail Projects in Northeast; Says Priority is to Tap 'Natural Economic Zone' of the Region 
December 01, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Nagaland, said at Hornbill Festival on Monday that his priority is to tap the Natural Economic Zone of the North East'.



PM's remarks at the Inauguration of the Hornbill Festival, Kohima PM Describes Entire Northeast Region as a Natural Economic Zone PM Outlines Initiatives Taken for Development of the Northeast 
December 01, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described the entire Northeast region as a "Natural Economic Zone" - NEZ - whose potential had hitherto remained untapped. He said his priority is to nourish the NEZ for the benefit of the NE (Northeast). In his remarks at the inauguration of the Hornbill Festival in Kohima, the Prime Minister praised the rich cultural heritage of Nagaland and the sturdiness, honesty, simplicity, inherent strong character and hardworking attitude of the Naga people. He congratulated the Nagas for organizing this festival which showcases the cultural diversity of the state.



Tourism to be Used as a Tool to Contain Extremism Says Dr. Mahesh Sharma 
December 01, 2014 - pib.nic.in
Union Culture and Tourism Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma has said that promoting Tourism will be an effective tool to contain extremism in the country.



Dubai to Invest $32-bn to Build Largest Airport 
November 30, 2014 - www.mathrubhumi.com
To further secure its position as the world's aviation hub, Dubai Airports is building a whopping USD 32-billion greenfield airport at the upcoming Dubai World Central, 30 km off the present international airport which already is the second busiest in the world.



India-Nepal Bus Service completes Maiden Journey 
November 27, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
The first ever bus service between India and Nepal successfully completed its maiden journey from Kathmandu to New Delhi. This bus service was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Nepal on Tuesday, where he is attending the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit.



‘Cross-Border Reach Needed to Check Child Sex Offenders’ 
November 21, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Cases of child sexual abuse by travelling offenders must not always be looked at as individual cases, but as organised crime, said U.K.-based child rights expert Christine Beddoe.



18 KSTDC Properties to Get Spruced up Under PPP Model 
November 21, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The cash-strapped Tourism Department seems all set to push for handing over prime State-owned hotels for renovation and maintenance under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande told The Hindu that 18 properties, including six Mayura-brand hotels, would be developed on a Renovate Operate Maintenance and Transfer (ROMT) basis for a 30-year period.



Projects to Promote Tourism in City Under Way, Says Ayali 
November 03, 2014 - indianexpress.com
Asserting that the state government was committed to developing Ludhiana as a tourism hub, Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali on Sunday said that several new projects to promote tourism in the city were underway.



Punjab to Spend Rs.1,000 crore on Tourism Promotion 
November 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Punjab will spend Rs.1,000 crore in the current financial year to conserve monuments of historical importance and provide impetus to tourism sector in the state, Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said Monday.



Kaziranga Parks Reopen for Visitors 
November 01, 2014 - indianexpress.com
Kaziranga National Park, home to the highest number of great one-horned rhinoceros, reopened for visitors on Saturday after a gap of six months, with the first batch of tourists to avail the elephant safari comprising visitors from Australia, the US and UK.



‘Tourism, Hospitality Sectors Need 10 lakh Professionals’ 
October 20, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
With the State government contemplating promoting tourism and hospitality sectors, the demand for professionals is likely to go up. Quoting a recent study, P. Narayana Reddy, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Tourism, said more than 10 lakh professionals would be required to meet the burgeoning demand by 2020-22.



Licences for Tourist Guides in Alappuzha Soon 
October 14, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Faced with numerous complaints, the district administration has decided to initiate measures to rein in unauthorised tourist guides by introducing a licensing system.



New Tourism Policy Soon, Says Deshpande 
October 13, 2014 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a programme in Chikmagalur on Sunday, he said that the new tourism policy is ready. It will give fillip to the tourism related activities and will generate employment. The basic infrastructure had to be improved to increase employment opportunities and also generate revenue.



Ramtek will be Developed as Tourist Hub Rahul Gandhi 
October 12, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday promised to develop Ramtek town as a world class tourist centre to attract international tourists.



Himachal Sees Unprecedented Tourist Footfall as Kashmir Recovers from Floods 
October 09, 2014 - www.business-standard.com
As Jammu and Kashmir recovers from the havoc of last month's deadly floods, tourists have been flocking to the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh.



Artisans’ Villages to be Next Stop for Tourists 
October 02, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Villages that are home to weavers, artisans and craftsman may soon be added to the itinerary of tourists. Textiles Secretary S.K. Panda has written to all Chief Secretaries to name four or five villages for this scheme to be developed on lines of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Independence Day.



ATOAK Utilizes Rafts, Equipment for Rescue Operations 
September 29, 2014 - www.risingkashmir.com
During the recent floods which brought havoc to entire Kashmir valley Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) extended its full support and cooperation to the civil administration in different districts while carrying out rescue and relief operations.



"Terrorism Divides, Tourism Unites" 
September 29, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The vast untapped economic potential of the tourism industry was at the heart of an impassioned pitch that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made in Manhattan, when he said to a select, distinguished gathering of Indian-American community leaders, opinion-shapers, and long-standing friends of India in the U.S. government, that tourism could generate income for taxi drivers, auto-rickshaw drivers and “even tea-sellers.”



Tourism in Karnataka Long Way to go, But it’s a Picturesque Route 
September 28, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Nothing can succeed without community participation and support, and this is true of Karnataka Tourism too, said Mr. R.V. Deshpande. The Minister made this statement at the World Tourism Day celebrations on Saturday. The event is organised by the Department of Tourism.



MP: NGOs Blow the Lid of Sexual Exploitation of Children at Tourist Spots 
September 27, 2014 - www.hindustantimes.com
An independent study by three leading NGOs has exposed exploitation of children including sexual assault at two of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Ujjain and world heritage site Khajuraho, known for its temples dedicated to beauty and love.



Increased Tourism Leads to Child Exploitation in Madhya Pradesh 
September 27, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Increasing tourism activities in the state have resulted in a significant rise in child exploitation at two major tourist hotspots - the temple towns of Khajuraho and Ujjain, said a study. While Khajuraho is known for its group of Hindu and Jain temples with erotic sculptors and are Unesco world heritage sites, Ujjain is one of the oldest and holiest cities in the country that houses the Mahakal.



Why Not a Tourism Circuit for Prehistoric Pandavulametta 
September 27, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Stonehenge, prehistoric monument in United Kingdom, attracts seven lakh tourists from all over the world annually. Another such prehistoric site Machu Picchu in Peru in South America draws three lakh tourists. Millions of dollars are generated from these two sites.



HC Notice to Govt on New Tourism Zone 
September 26, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Gujarat high court on Thursday sought an explanation from the Centre and the state government over the proposed new tourism zone in Dhari division of Gir sanctuary, the last abode of Asiatic lions.



Tourism Sector Badly Hit, Footfall Declines to Record Low 
September 25, 2014 - www.greaterkashmir.com
The tourism sector, largest employment provider in Jammu and Kashmir, has been badly hit after recent floods in the state with the footfall receding to a record low.



Govt. Mulls Setting up of Tourism Varsity 
September 24, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has asked the tourism department to examine the possibility of setting up a travel and tourism university in the State.



APTDC Staff Barred from Entering Tourism House 
September 23, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
An estimated 100 employees at different levels working in the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) have been literally on the road during working hours, since Friday, after they were denied entry into ‘Tourism House’, the corporation’s head office, by their counterparts from Telangana State TDC over a tussle for office space.



Srinagar's Tourism Business Shattered After Floods 
September 23, 2014 - www.outlookindia.com
Ghulam Hassan, a taxi driver, was hopeful that after this tourist season he would be able to payback all the instalments of his bank-loan that he had taken from a private bank to buy his vehicle.



HP Submits Tourism Projects worth Rs 26cr for Central aid 
September 22, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Facing stiff competition from Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh plans to strengthen and develop its tourism infrastructure, for which the government has already submitted various tourist circuit and destination projects worth Rs 26 crore to Union government, seeking financial assistance.



When Tourism Transforms lives in Kochi 
September 21, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Kovalam’s hospitality sector needs 13 lakh eggs a month, while Kumarakom needs 10 lakh papayas and 20 lakh plantain leaves in a year. This was sourced from other States till these and dozens more of such items began to be sourced locally as part of Responsible Tourism (R.T.) initiatives.



Achievement/ Initiatives of Ministry of Tourism 
September 19, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism is mandated to promote tourism in the country in a responsible and sustainable manner through inclusive growth and holistic approach for development and promotion of tourism.



Statement of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture Shri Shripad Naik at the Press Conference on Initiatives, Achievements and Policies  
September 19, 2014 - pib.nic.in
Following is the text of statement of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture Shri Shripad Naik at the Press Conference on Initiatives, Achievements and Policies of Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture held here today: 



Tourism Ministry Gives Rs 100 Crore for Jammu and Kashmir Relief 
September 19, 2014 - zeenews.india.com
Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik on Friday said the ministry has given Rs 100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.



Floods Deal Death Blow To Kashmir’s Tourism Industry 
September 18, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The iconic Boulevard Road that is invariably part of any Kashmir picture postcard with ornate houseboats lined on the banks of Srinagar's centrepiece — the Dal Lake - now looks like a swamp. The flood waters have receded, but the damage it has caused to the hotels, houseboats and the restaurants, and the slush and stink that it has left behind is a telling reminder of the damage caused to Kashmir's key tourism industry in its backward.



On Show, Kerala’s Hospitality, its Many Tourist Attractions 
September 18, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The eighth edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), a buyer-seller meet organised by the Kerala’s tourism stakeholders, began in Kochi on Wednesday with 245 sellers showcasing the State’s hospitality and other tourism products to around 1,300 buyers.



Kerala Tourism Fully Backs New Liquor Policy Minister 
September 17, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Kerala Tourism fully backs liquor policy of the government and there is no going back on it in the wake of apprehensions raised by the tourism industry that it will lead to the State losing its preferred-destination status.



Kerala May Have to Return Central Tourism Funds 
September 13, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Key tourism projects in the State, including the first phase of the Rs.400-crore backwater tourist circuit for Alappuzha, sanctioned by the Union Tourism Ministry in 2012-13, have failed to take off.



CRZ Regulations May be Relaxed, Says Deshpande 
September 09, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Minister for Tourism and Higher Education R.V. Deshpande said here on Monday that a Union government committee visited the State recently in connection with the State’s request to relax Costal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) regulations for developing beaches and islands. He was hopeful that the Centre would respond positively.



Surplus Tea Land to be Put to Use for Horticulture, Power Generation 
September 09, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to amend rules to enable tea companies to use surplus land for horticulture, power generation and tea-tourism projects.



State to Appoint Experts to Study Tourism Potential Deshpande 
September 04, 2014 - www.thehindu.com

Minister for Tourism R.V. Deshpande said here on Wednesday that the State government has taken steps to promote tourism to harness its potential to generate employment and income.




Mysore will be Ready to greet tourists soon MCC Commissioner 
September 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
“My immediate priority is to prepare Mysore for the Dasara-2014,” said C.G. Betsurmath, who assumed charge as the Commissioner of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) here on Tuesday.



Plans on for Tourist Facilitation Centre 
September 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The Mysore district administration has prepared to put forth a proposal to Karnataka Tourism on establishing a one-stop facility for tourists, who arrive here from various places, to go around major attractions in and around Mysore.



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