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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.

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.

MoT To Launch Campaign Clean India From April 2012 As Part Of 12th Five Year Plan 
December 21, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Campaign Clean India, an awareness and sensitisation campaign by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India will be launched as part of the initiatives for tourism in the 12th Five Year Plan from April 2012. The Campaign seeks to bring together media, government departments, NGOs, academia and the stakeholders of the travel industry and encourage active participation for promoting cleanliness initially at tourist spots and ultimately, throughout the country.

India Asks Its Airlines Not To Submit Carbon Tax Data To EU 
December 19, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Indian government has asked the country’s airlines to refrain from submitting carbon emissions data to the European Union (EU). The emissions data will be used for a new tax, applicable from January 1 for flights to Europe. The Centre, with this move, hardened its stand further against the imposition of the levy.

Decentralise Tourism In Goa: Governor 
December 19, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Goa Governor K. Sankaranarayanan said Monday that the state should make efforts to decentralise tourism in order to prevent its beaches from getting dirty and overcrowded.

Union Govt Plans To Develop 35 Tourist Spots During 12th Plan 
December 18, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism plans to develop 35 destinations in the country during the 12th Plan. Under this, everything required for the development of such destinations will be done in a holistic manner, according to Mr Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Tourism Minister.

Tourism Badly Hit Over Mullaperiyar Protests 
December 18, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The ongoing protests in the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue has hit the tourism sector hard with tour operators and hotels reporting cancellations in the range of 70 to 80 per cent during a period that is supposed to be the peak tourism season.

DK, Udupi To Be Brought Under Mega Tourism Circuit 
December 17, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tourism in coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi is all set to receive a mega boost with Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai giving his nod for inclusion of the districts under his ministry's mega circuit.

No License? Buy A Beach Shack For Rs 3 Lakh 
December 17, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Subletting of shacks -prohibited by the official shack policy of the state tourism department-is rampantly taking place across the state's beach belt, if shack owners are to be believed.

Include Western Ghats In UNESCO Heritage List 
December 17, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state government should consider the inclusion of the Goa stretch of the Western Ghats in the UNESCO world heritage site nomination dossier as it is an integral part of the wildlife corridor and vital for sustaining the gene pool and species' diversity.

Hospitality Industry In Maharashtra Protests State Government's Entertainment Duty 
December 16, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The hospitality industry in Maharashtra is in the process of requesting a rollback of the state government's Bombay Entertainment Duty (Amendment) Act, 2010.

HC Orders Goa Department Of Tourism To Remove Illegal Shacks From Calangute Beach 
December 16, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The High Court of Bombay at Goa recently directed the Goa Department of Tourism to remove the illegal shacks and excess deck beds on Calangute beach within five days and file a compliance report by December 21, 2011. A division bench comprising Justice AP Lavande and Justice UV Bakre passed the order in an application filed by JW D'souza. D’souza alleged that shack owners blatantly defy restrictions imposed by the tourism department while allowing permission to put up their shacks. D'souza also pointed out that the beach is cluttered with deck beds and beach umbrellas, in excess of what is permitted to them.

Hospitality To Play Key Role In Mangalore 
December 16, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Coastal Karnataka, especially Mangalore, expects major investments to the tune of nearly Rs 145 crore in the hospitality sector. In the recently-concluded Coastal Business Development Summit in Mangalore, investment proposals worth more than Rs 1,500 crore in various sectors, including hospitality, were submitted during the two days.

A Master Plan For Pahalgams Destruction 
December 15, 2011 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
IN PICTURESQUE Pahalgam, tucked in the sub-Himalayan ranges near the confluence of Sheshnag and Aru streams, villagers are fighting to safeguard an eco-sensitive region from a controversial Master Plan that is fast turning the tourist hotspot into a concrete jungle.

Aviation Ministry To Implement New Civil Aviation Policy 
December 15, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a Times of India report, the government will soon bring out a new aviation policy that will focus on airline sustainability - and hence safety in operations. For this purpose, the new policy will focus on ensuring that airline fares are reflective of their total costs to ensure that neither are fares so high that the consumer is fleeced, nor lowered by some carriers (predatory pricing) so much that others find it hard to survive.

National Tourism Advisory Council Meet Chalks Out Strategies For Tourism Development In India 
December 14, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In order to develop tourism infrastructure in India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has appointed a national level consultant, which is in the process of identification of the four tourist circuits/destinations and two rural clusters in each State/UTs. This information was provided by Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism.

Cinemas And Liquor Wont Bring Peace 
December 13, 2011 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
JUST DAYS ago, the media widely reported that Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, President of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and father of the incumbent chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, had remarked that, ‘Cinemas and liquor shops should reopen in Kashmir to give more options to tourists visiting the state’ and that ‘Steps like reopening of cinemas and liquor sale would boost the tourism industry in the state’. This has inevitably triggered an intense debate.

Government Revives Bed And Breakfast Scheme 
December 13, 2011 - The Sentinel Assam - www.sentinelassam.com
Inspired by the famous saying, “Failure is a road to success”, the Meghalaya government has decided to revive the Centrally-sponsored ‘Bed and Breakfast scheme’ to promote the concept of providing affordable and qualitative accommodation and breakfast to tourists visiting smaller towns and villages.

Sikkim Races On Organic Route 
December 13, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Almost one third of agricultural land in Sikkim has passed the first test as the state races to achieve organic status in four years.

Aviation Ministry Approves FDI Up To 26% In Indian Airlines 
December 12, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Civil Aviation Ministry has agreed to the proposal for allowing foreign carriers to buy up to 26 per cent stake in private airlines, sources said. Earlier the ministry had proposed to fix a cap of 24 per cent on foreign direct investments (FDI) by overseas carriers. "It (Civil Aviation Ministry) has come on board for 26 per cent FDI," a senior government official said. He declined to divulge the details, according to a report by PTI.

Cruise Shipping 
December 12, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Cruise Shipping is one of the most dynamic and fast growing components of the leisure hospitality industry worldwide and is growing at the rate of 12% per annum globally. This sector has witnessed some activity in India, as well in the recent times. However, it is still in its infancy in India. Presently Indian Shipping Line owns one luxury cruise liner.

National Tourism Advisory Council Meets Strategies For Development Of Tourism In 12th Plan 
December 12, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has said in order to develop tourism infrastructure in the country the Tourism Ministry has appointed a National level consultant, which is in the process of identification of the  four tourist circuits/destinations and two rural clusters   in each State/UT.  Chairing the meeting of the National Tourism Advisory Council  held in New Delhi today, the Minister said 35  tourist circuits/destinations/cities are planned to be developed in Phase-I  by 2016.

Monumental Law Unsettles Heritage Towns 
December 11, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Act, which came into force on March 31, 2010, prescribes stringent restrictions on construction activities around historic monuments. The law declares the monuments as protected areas and forbids any new construction in a radius of 100 metre from the boundary of the monuments.

Union Minister For Tourism Announces New Initiatives For 'Hunar Se Rozgar Tak' Programme 
December 09, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has outlined several new initiatives for the programme Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSR) during the 12th Five-Year Plan. This information was provided by Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism, while addressing the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to his Ministry in New Delhi. RH Khwaja, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and other senior officials of MoT were present in the meeting.

German Tourists Demand Visa Extension Up To One Year 
December 08, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
German tourists visiting Goa are demanding a relaxation of the mandatory two-month cooling period required between subsequent visits to India; much like the relaxation granted to tourists from the UK. The Indo-German Friendship Society (IGFS) has decided to petition the Ministry of Home Affairs in this regard.

Common Card In Offing For Multimodal Travel Across India  
December 07, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
People in India can use a single card for travelling in buses, trains, metros and ferries across the country besides paying parking and toll fees. The National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), named 'More', was recently unveiled by Kamal Nath, Urban Development Minister, India in New Delhi. It would take five years before the card becomes operational.

APTDC To Develop Yeleru In East Godavari As Tourist Hub 
December 06, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) intends to develop a tourist hub by providing all the requisite facilities for entertainment under public-private-partnership at Yeleru reservoir located at Ramanaiahpeta village of Yeleswaram mandal in East Godavari. The tourism authorities propose to develop facilities including cottages and budget accommodations, boating, jetties, kids play area including toy train, group sitting areas to watch sun rise and set, food courts, gardens, etc.

Dont Just Cash In On Tigers 
December 05, 2011 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Eco-tourism, as the world understands it, means impact of tourism on wild habitats and wildlife is deliberately kept low. It also means that local conservation contexts are acknowledged and efforts are made to improve the economic lot of communities living around a sanctuary or national park. Eco-tourism must make tourists more aware of the need for, and challenges to, wildlife conservation. But all this requires that the people who run the show themselves are responsible; it precludes outright capitalism as motive for entering the tourism business.

Eco-Tourism Centre To Be Set Up At Masani Barrage In Haryana 
December 05, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A herbal park and an Eco-Tourism centre named after former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi will soon come up in Haryana. This information was provided by  Ajay Singh Yadav, Forest Minister, Haryana. Yadav said, “The Rs 2.07 crore herbal park-cum-eco tourism centre will come up at Masani Barrage in Rewari district's Dharuhera area.”

Gujarat To Spend Rs 635 Crore On Developing Tourism Infrastructure 
December 05, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Department of Tourism, Government of Gujarat will spend Rs 635 crore in developing tourism-related infrastructure over the next three years as it expects more visitors and aims to increase the share of tourism revenue in the state GDP. This information was provided by Vipul Mittra, Principal Secretary - Tourism, Civil Aviation and Pilgrimage, Government of Gujarat.

Five More Hotel Majors Pull Out Of Noida-Greater Noida Expressway Project 
December 05, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Five more hotel majors have pulled out from the race for hospitality space on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. Two months after ITC Ltd and Bharat Hotels dropped their plans to build luxury hotels, another five hotels have backed out as Noida Authority is facing a fund crunch because of the ongoing land row.

Govt Of Himachal Pradesh To Launch Rural Tourism Circuit 
December 05, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Government of Himachal Pradesh is working to make its villages more tourist-friendly so visitors can enjoy rural hospitality. The government will launch  rural tourism circuit from Nerti village in Kangra on December 22, 2011. As part of the plan, tourists would also get to hear stories associated with the villages they visit.

Curtains Appear Certain For Bandipur Resorts 
December 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The meeting with the locals to discuss the notification of ecologically sensitive zone (ESZ) around the tiger reserve has unanimously decided to put an end to the resort menace, while the existing resorts will not be allowed to expand.

Illegal Resorts Will Be Cleared, Says Yogeeshwara 
December 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The State government will take steps to clear illegal resorts which have mushroomed in Bandipur National Park, Minister for ForestsC P Yogeeshwara said on Sunday.

Airports May Have To Buy Carbon Credits 
December 03, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Airports may now be required to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions. This is one of the suggestions in the draft circulated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on mapping carbon footprint in the sector. The Centre has initiated the process of formulating emission norms for the sector. As a first step, the DGCA is compiling a national carbon emission inventory. The move comes in the backdrop of a resolution by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) last year, calling upon members to achieve two per cent fuel efficiency annually by 2050.

ADTOI Convention Highlights Need For Unity Among Stakeholders To Boost Domestic Tourism 
December 01, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Unifying the Indian domestic tourism industry was the main focus at this edition of the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India’s (ADTOI) Annual Convention Cum Exhibition which was held at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi on November 25 and 26, 2011. In keeping with the theme, ‘Domestic Tourism: Unifying Incredible India,’ the convention saw a number of illustrious speakers articulating on various ways to unite and boost the Indian domestic tourism industry. Some of the dignitaries attending the event were Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism; Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Govt of Jammu & Kashmir;  Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Chairperson, FICCI; R H Khwaja, Secretary Tourism – Govt of India. Sahai inaugurated the convention, which witnessed presentations on tourism products and destinations of different states including Kerala, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. InterGlobe Technology Quotient and Air India also gave presentations at the convention. The convention also witnessed four business sessions with a panel of eminent speakers. An exhibition showcasing a wide variety of tourism products was also organised on the sidelines.

Committee To Promote Tourism 
December 01, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
As per the past trends in the development of hotel accommodation, the additional requirements of classified rooms in India by 2016 is projected to be over 180 thousand.

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi Eager To Develop Eco-Tourism In State 
December 01, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Gujarat is considering developing eco-tourism in the state as the state chief minister Narendra Modi has expressed his desire to develop eco-tourism in Gujarat to promote tourism activities for the bird viewers in Gujarat. During his meeting with Abran Markat Kabraji, Asian Regional Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature, Modi mentioned that Gujarat has a high level of biodiversity and is blessed with a huge seacoast, Gulf of Kutch, islands and a variety of local and foreign birds. "And so, the state government desires to develop eco tourism and to promote tourism activities for the bird viewers in the state," he said.

Two Sides To Ladakh Tourism 
December 01, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
When Ladakh was first opened to tourism in 1974, a total of 527 people visited. Of them, 500 were foreign tourists, 27 domestic. Since then, the trend of foreign dominance in tourist arrivals has remained. It has shaped the profile of Ladakh's tourism.

Course Correction For Wildlife Tourism By Anirudh Chaoji 
November 28, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Incredible India has a mascot-the tiger and everyone is aware of the tremendous success of this marketing strategy. Everyone seems to be benefiting from the business thus generated - resort owners, tour operators, travel service providers, safari drivers, naturalists, guides and the staff associated with all these businesses. This looks like a perfect win-win model where everyone is happy.

MoT Launches Special Packages To Promote Tourism In North-East Region 
November 28, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India (GoI) has launched print, electronic, online and outdoor media campaigns to promote various tourism destinations and products of the North-East Region (NER). This information was given by Sultan Ahmed, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India. MoT has provided complimentary space to the North Eastern States in India pavilions set up at major international travel fairs and exhibitions, according to a PIB report.

Ecotourism, Wetland Study Can Go Together In Chilika 
November 28, 2011 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) organised a two-day international science workshop on ‘Ecology and Conservation of Chilika Lake’, at Wetland Research and Training Centre (WRTC), Barkul on November 25.

Call To Turn Mayong Into Tourist Hub 
November 28, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The famed - and often notorious – magic of Mayong is almost a chapter in history now. Nevertheless, its charm as a destination remains intact, and as many locals feel, it can become a tourist hub through sustained promotion.

DoNER Conducts Study To Develop Tourism Infrastructure In North-Eastern States Of India 
November 27, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
A study has been conducted by the Ministry for the Development of the North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India for identification and development of tourism infrastructure in the region. The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has taken a number of initiatives for the development of tourism in the North-Eastern states.

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