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Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
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“Aswachh Bharat” marks Amarnath yatra 
July 15, 2018

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June 04, 2018
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As Women, Are We Really Economically Empowered A view from the point of view of Tourism 
April 10, 2018

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Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long..

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.

Vittala, Virupaksha Temples May get 'Adarsh Smarak' 
March 12, 2015 - www.thehindu.com
Virupaksha Temple and Vittala Temple complex in Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire and also the monument at Pattadkal in Bagalkot district would become part of the ‘Adarsha Smaraks’ in the country.

Tourism Panel Moots Brand Bengaluru 
March 12, 2015 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
After successfully creating an identity and then marketing Karnataka through the tagline ‘One State, Many Worlds’, now efforts are on to exclusively promote brand Bengaluru.

High Hopes on Budget, aid Expected for Tourism Sector 
March 10, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is expected to present the Budget on March 13 and the people are anxious — as usual since the district’s bifurcation from undivided Mysuru in 1997.

Intex Technologies Forays into Medical Tourism Sector 
March 10, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The company is aiming to provide healthcare services at affordable costs by integrating its offerings through a network of hospitals, Intex Technologies said in a statement.

Centre Proposes Cross-Cultural Linkages with 39 Indian Ocean Countries Under Project Mausam 
March 09, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Indian government has proposed to establish cross-cultural linkages and revive historic maritime cultural and economic ties under ‘Project Mausam’ with 39 Indian Ocean countries.

Rajasthan Taps Night Tourism 
March 08, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The tastefully illuminated Amber Fort, built by the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur city, is now opened for tourists every night. The new initiative has become a major attraction not only among tourists but also with locals.

78% Indian Women Feel the Country is Safe for Travel HolidayIQ 
March 07, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A healthy majority of Indian women feel safe to travel within the country. According to a survey recently conducted by HolidayIQ.com among 20,000 across the country, 78 per cent women of various age groups across the country feel India is a safe place to travel.

Call to Develop Better Tourism Infrastructure 
March 05, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Presiding over the inaugural function of a two-day national conference ‘Advanced and Innovations in Tourism and Hospitality Management’ organised by Mangalore University MBA department in Mangalagangothri on Thursday, he said even smaller countries have developed infrastructure and attract thousands of tourists per day and million dollars of income.

Centre Submits Revised List of Monuments & Sites for Inclusion in UNESCO World Heritage Site 
March 05, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India has submitted a revised tentative list of 46 famous monuments/sites for inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MoT comes up with Swadesh Darshan scheme for theme-based circuit development 
March 03, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has formulated a plan scheme Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes.

India, US to Set up Task Forces for Making Visakhapatnam, Allahabad & Ajmer Smart Cities 
February 28, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India and USA have agreed on taking quick measures for development of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), and Ajmer (Rajasthan) as smart cities. Issues relating to this development were discussed at a meeting between M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, and Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce, in New Delhi, as per a PIB release.

Govt to Focus on Heritage Sites to Boost Tourism 
February 28, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The “Varanasi Temple Town” will be incorporated in a list of India's heritage sites, which will receive special attention from the Centre. Jaitley also announced extending visa-on-arrival (VOA) facility to 150 countries, apparently seeking to attract more foreign tourists.

Union Budget 2015-16 Facilities at Cultural World Heritage Sites to be Restored 
February 28, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, has said that the facilities at India’s 25 cultural World Heritage Sites are deficient and require restorations. Presenting the Union Budget 2015-16 today, he proposed development of heritage sites such as churches and convents of Old Goa; Hampi, Karnataka; Kumbhalgarh and other hill forts of Rajasthan; Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat; Leh Palace, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir; Varanasi Temple town, Uttar Pradesh; Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab; and Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana, and inclusion of them among the Heritage Sites of the country.

Union Budget 2015-16 Proposal for Extending TVoA to 150 Countries in Stages 
February 28, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Presenting the Union Budget 2015-16 today, Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, proposed to extend Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) to 150 countries in stages. Last year, the same was extended to 43 countries. During January 2015, a total of 25,023 tourists arrived by availing of the TVoA enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). This is in comparison with the 1,903 TVoAs issued in January 2014, registering a growth of 1214.9 per cent. This high growth is due to introduction of ETA-enabled TVoA for 43 countries in November 2014, as per a PIB release. Prior to this scheme, the Indian government was offering TVoA sans ETA to 12 countries.

Delhi Proposes Inclusion of Imperial Capital Cities in UNESCO World Heritage List 
February 27, 2015 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Government of Delhi has proposed to UNESCO to include the state’s Imperial Capital Cities among the World Heritage Cities.

India, Bhutan & Nepal Agree on Regional Cooperation for Conservation of Kangchenjunga Landscape 
February 26, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Participants at recent the 3rd Regional Strategic Consultative Meeting, held at the Headquarters of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu (Nepal), for the Kangchenjunga Landscape stressed on the need for greater collaboration to protect the region’s rich biological and cultural diversity through strengthened partnerships and increased participation of people in the landscape.

Govt Forms Company to Promote Tourism 
February 25, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
KTIL?will be registered as a public limited company under the Companies Act, 2013 with the government equity of not more than 26 per cent and allowing the larger stake to private partners. For initial operations, the State government will be releasing Rs 6.5 crore followed by Rs three crore per annum for the next five years for project development activities.

June date for Mansarovar 
February 20, 2015 - www.telegraphindia.com
The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to Tibetan Autonomous Region through Nathu-la is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 21.

Sikkim Hamlet Starts Homestays to Woo Tourists 
February 19, 2015 - www.telegraphindia.com
People of a small hamlet of Yaakten in East Sikkim have joined hands to start community-based homestay tourism to improve their socio economic condition.

MoT Seeks Lowering of Infrastructure Slab for Tourism Industry to Rs 25 cr 
February 18, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In the run-up to the presentation of the Union Budget 2015-16, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, while putting forth demands of the tourism and hospitality industry to the Union Ministry of Finance, has sought lowering of the infrastructure-lending slab for the industry to Rs 25 crore from the current Rs 200 crore.

MoT Seeks Rs 3,000 cr Allocation for Tourism in Budget 2015-16 
February 17, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sought an allocation of Rs 3,000 crore in the upcoming Union Budget 2015-16. This demand, along with recommendations by Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), was put forward following a Pre-Budget Consultative Committee Meeting that was held in New Delhi last month.

AP Working on Tourism Policy for Investments of Rs 10,000 cr 
February 16, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government is working on a new tourism policy to attract investments worth Rs 10,000 crore by 2020. N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh, who held a review with officials on the tourism sector, told them to finalise a new policy by the end of the month.

Incidence of Swine Flu and Women Safety Concerns Hit Rajasthan Tourism 
February 16, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The recent alleged rape of a 20-year-old Japanese tourist near Mojamabad village in Rajasthan, and the death of a Swiss tourist-Anne Marie aged 70 in the state due to swine flu (H1N1 influenza) are deterring foreigners from visiting Rajasthan. According to an assessment by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the outbreak of swine flu in Rajasthan and Maharashtra is expected to result in a loss of Rs 5,500 crore to the tourism and aviation industries.

CAG?finds Flaws with Designing of Golden Chariot Tourism Project 
February 15, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
The CAG’s report on public sector undertakings which was placed in the State legislature on Friday throws light on how the premier tourism project has become a loss-making venture.

Time to Tap Bridge Tourism in India 
February 15, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Bridges are like poem written on canvas of blue sky which brings joy. Can you imagine India without bridges? Can you imagine the world without bridges? What would the scenario look like in case there are no bridges? Bridges bring the people, communities, cultures, countries together. We have to see it as a pillar of development and prosperity.

'Goa Tourism Targeting Beach Shacks' 
February 14, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Beach shacks, the temporary thatched eateries, are licenced annually by the tourism ministry. They are synonymous with Goa's beaches and enormously popular with the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the state every year.

TGFI Calls for Central Tourism Act in the Wake of Jaipur Rape Incident 
February 13, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Tourist Guides’ Federation of India (TGFI) has urged the Central Tourism Department to enforce a Tourism Act for the country to administer and control the industry. In the wake of frequent incidents of atrocities involving foreign tourists in the country, including the recent alleged rape of a Japanese tourist in Jaipur by an unlicenced tourist guide, the Federation has decided to step up the demand for a National Tourism Act.

Chhattisgarh Tourism to Promote Walk with the Tribe Experience 
February 11, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) aims to promote the ‘Walk with the Tribe’ experience, whereby visitors can go on a nature walk with the learned and local tribal people who have been living there for years. Talking about the same, Santosh K Misra, Managing Director, CTB, said, “With 80 per cent biodiversity and significant natural abundance, a major focus will be on promoting the ‘Walk with the Tribe’ experience, unexplored tourism circuits, and development of collaboration between the locals and the State Tourism Department.

Kerala to Incentivise Tourism Industry During Visit Kerala Year 2015 
February 10, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Kerala government is considering major incentives for the tourism industry, especially hospitality industry, during the ‘Visit Kerala Year 2015’.  The state tourism department is planning to launch a major year-long campaign - ‘Visit Kerala Year’ -  to celebrate tourism in the state, commencing from mid-April, which coincides with Malayalam New Year.

2015 Declared as Madhya Pradesh Tourism Year 
February 09, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has declared 2015 as ‘Madhya Pradesh Tourism Year’, and during the course of the year, the state tourism board will hold roadshows in different cities and food festivals in different regions of India.

Dept Identifies 42 Beaches, 4 Islands for Tourism Devt 
February 07, 2015 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking after inaugurating Pilikula Nisargadhama Resort and Ayurveda Centre at Pilikula on Friday, Tourism Minister R V Deshpande said that the department has sought the relaxation of regulations based on the Swaminathan Committee report of 2005.

Goa Tourism to Develop 8 Properties on PPP Basis 
February 06, 2015 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a report by Suman Layak in Economic Times today, Goa’s government tourism agency is set to invite private sector participation to create marquee tourist attractions in Goa that can bring in high-spending tourists.

HRAWI Commends Railway Ministrys 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.

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