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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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Dept Of Tourism, Govt Of West Bengal To Launch New Projects To Woo Tourists 
November 18, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal is set to launch a host of projects to woo tourists to the state and boost the tourism sector. As part of the redevelopment plan, West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation has already re-launched its website with a new colour scheme and a new tagline ‘Experience the colours of Bengal', according to a report in the Business Standard.



MTDC Draws Strategy To Woo More Tourists In State 
November 17, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Every year Mumbai receives two million tourists, but only two lakh visit places of interest in the state. The remaining 18 lakh tourists head to their destinations in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh. This information was revealed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), which conducted a preliminary survey.



Volcano Tourism: See Lava Eruption Live In Congo 
November 16, 2011 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
A national park in Congo best known for its endangered mountain gorillas is now inviting tourists to go on overnight treks to see a volcano spurting fountains of lava nearly 1,000 feet into the air.



GMR Seeks To Extend Airport Land Intended For Hotels For Commercial Use 
November 16, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
GMR Infrastructure led-Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) is set to approach  Government of India to expand the permitted land of 250 acres at the airport for commercial use. The company wants to lease out the land for non-airport related activities such as educational institutes, medical tourism, shopping malls, commercial office complexes and theme parks.



10 Child Labourers Rescued From 5 Restaurants 
November 15, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The social security cell of Pune police Crime Branch has rescued 10 child labourers working at well known restaurants in the city on Monday. Offences under relevant sections of Juvenile Justice Act and Prohibition of Child Labour Act have been slapped against managers and owners of the five restaurants.



Night Traffic Ban At Bandipur Extended From 9 To 12 Hours 
November 15, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Announcing this to reporters, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara said the government will shortly notify its decision to extend the duration of traffic ban on Gundlupet-Ooty (NH-67) and Gundlupet-Wayanad (NH-212) routes by three hours, making it a 12-hour ban between 6 pm and 6 am. Presently, the ban is for nine hours, between 9 pm and 6 am. Adequate time will be given to file objections and suggestions, if any, he added.



Govt Of Karnataka Gives Approval For Developing Convention Centre Near Bengaluru International Airport At Devanahalli 
November 15, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Government of Karnataka has given its approval for developing the core components of the international convention centre proposed near Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli. The project is expected to cost Rs 250 crore. The state government and the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) will share the cost equally.



Wildlife Tourism In India Endangered? 
November 15, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The issue of whether our Tiger Reserves and other National Parks should be kept free from any human activity including tourism, has once again become a hot topic for discussion. The litigation seeking a ban on tourism activity in core and buffer areas of Tiger Reserves in Madhya Pradesh (MP) as it hampers the conservation efforts of the endangered animal, filed by Prayatna, a Bhopal-based NGO has shifted from the MP High Court to the Supreme Court (SC). The case will now be heard in the SC in the first week of December.



Similipal Tiger Reserve In Orissa To Open For Night Stay After Two Years 
November 14, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Government of Orissa has decided to allow night stay of tourists in forest rest houses in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) for the first time after the Maoists' offensive in reserve's tourism zone in March 2009 and repeated attack on April 2009. The night stay will, however, be limited to the buffer area of Gudugudia and Jamuani, according to official sources.



Nod For Taking Up Work On Convention Centre 
November 12, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The State Government has given its approval for developing the core components of the international convention centre proposed near Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli.



Ministry Plans 30-40 Tourism Theme Parks, Says Sahay 
November 10, 2011 - Business Standard - business-standard.com
The Government of India’s tourism ministry is planning 30-40 ‘tourism parks’ across the country.



Goa CM Backs Regional Plan 2021 
November 10, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Seeking to allay fears over the land use plan notified by the Goa government, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Thursday said it had been designed meticulously to ensure that the commom man was not affected. The 'Goa Regional Plan 2021'(RP 2021) will also ensure that the state is not robbed of its greenery, Kamat said.



Oust Tribals But Allow Tourists In Tiger Zones 
November 08, 2011 - The Times Of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT), an international group of wildlife tourism operators, wants tourism to be allowed in the core zones of tiger reserves - areas where tigers breed - because it benefits both conservation and tribals. However, TOFT wants tribals to be shifted out of national parks and sanctuaries and is against the implementation of the Forest Rights Act there.



Kolli Hills To Be Developed As Eco-Tourism Spot 
November 08, 2011 - IIndia Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
Dotted with waterfalls and herbal parks, Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district will be developed as an eco-tourism destination at a cost of over Rs 2 crore.



Leasing Out Govt. Guest Houses Smells Fishy, BJP Believes A&N FPDCL Could Manage Them Well 
November 08, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
The State President, BJP Shri R Mohan has taken up the issue of privatization of govt. guest houses with the Lt. Governor and the Chief Secretary. In his letter he mentioned that it has come to Party's knowledge that Tourism department of A&N Administration has decided to lease out all its guest houses to the private hoteliers and the party records its strong protest on it.



Stop Tourism In Core Tiger Areas: Govt To SC 
November 07, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
A jeep ride to have a glimpse of a tiger deep inside Corbett or Ranthambore or Kanha tiger reserves may become history if the Supreme Court accepts the government’s argument that tourism needs to be shifted out of the core areas to fringe and buffer zones to protect the big cat from adverse impact of human interference.



Tiger Experts Against Ban On Wildlife Tourism 
November 07, 2011 - The Statesman - www.thestatesman.net
Terming as “irrational” the demand for ban on wildlife tourism in critical tiger habitats, experts and conservations today batted for promoting “intelligent tourism” in such areas.



TOFT Creates Platform Against Banning Of Tourism In Tiger Reserves 
November 07, 2011 - Travelbiz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Tourism stakeholders of key national parks in Madhya Pradesh and wildlife enthusiasts joined hands with Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) today to urge the Supreme Court to reject a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by a Bhopal-based NGO, Prayatna. The SLP demands an outright ban on tourism activities in the core and buffer areas of national parks in Madhya Pradesh.


India To Promote Religious Tourism In Ayodhya 
November 07, 2011 - Easy Destination Blog - www.easydestination.net
Union Tourism Ministry of India has revealed plans to promote religious tourism in Ayodhya. Being birth place of Lord Rama, Ayodhya has potential to become religious tourism destination.



Chennai, Goa And Kochi Ports To Be Developed To Promote Cruise Tourism 
November 06, 2011 - Travelbiz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Chennai, Goa and Kochi have been identified as ports with the biggest potential for developing Cruise Tourism in the country and are likely to get additional facilities like dedicated cruise jetties. The suggestion came up at the Union Shipping Ministry's Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on Cruise Tourism, which was held in Kochi recently.



Vasan Sees Big Potential For Cruise Shipping 
November 04, 2011 - Domain-B - www.domain-b.com
The number of cruise ships which called at Indian ports rose to 129 in 2010-11, from 55 in 2003-04, while the number of cruise passengers have gone up to 1,00,000 in 2010-11 from 34,372 in 2003-04, minister of shipping V K Vasan said in Kochi today.



NIO To Take Up Study On Crz Demarcation 
November 02, 2011 - Deccan Chronicle - www.deccanchronicle.com
The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) is going to take up a broad study to finalise the areas of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) as part of the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) Master Plan of the Visakhapat-nam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) in five districts.



MoEF Extends Moratorium On Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg Projects 
October 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
In a notification issued on October 25, MOEF advisor Nalini Bhat said the moratorium has been extended because the ministry has received the report of the Western Ghat Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) and it is now under consideration.



Orissa Government To Draft New Tourism Policy 
October 31, 2011 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
Orissa Government to draft new tourism policy.  Minister for Tourism and Culture Prafulla Samal held a meeting on Friday on this regard at the State Secretariat. The new draft tourism policy will attract more tourists to the State.



State To Seek Loan From Japan To Save Wildlife 
October 30, 2011 - The Statesman - www.thestatesman.net
The West Bengal government is set to sign an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Rs 400 crore long-term soft loan for the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity. “Talks with the international funding agency JICA have taken place and the final agreement for the loan will be signed by the end of this year,” forest minister Mr Hiten Barman said.



Nayachar To Get Eco-Friendly Hub 
October 28, 2011 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
The state government has agreed to allot 350 acres to Mr Prasoon Mukherjee-promoted Universal Success Enterprises (USE) for setting up an industrial park and eco-tourism infrastructure at Nayachar, an island on the Hooghly river off Haldia in East Midnapore.



Govt Halts Illegal Resorts On Bandipur Fringes 
October 27, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
MoEF, in its gazette notification dated September 21, 2011, had declared the eco-sensitive zones for the park. It says that the establishment of commercial hotels and resorts in both the ecologically sensitive zones (ESZ) has been prohibited.



Police Action To Sanitise Lalbagh Hotels For Tourists  
October 27, 2011 - The Statesman - www.thestatesman.net
The district police are hoping that visitors to Lalbagh will feel a lot safer following a series of raids in hotels at the historical site, which is frequented by tourists. The major aim of the police action is to keep the hotels clean and safe for visitors.



Orissa: Puri Beach Death Spot For Tourists, 18 Died So Far In 2011 
October 27, 2011 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
World famous Puri beach, which attracts lakhs of visitors every year, is turning out to be a death trap for tourists. On Wednesday 2 tourists drowned off the beach. Three days ago 1 students from West Bengal died in similar spot.



Tourism Ministers Challenge Decision Makers To Use Tourism To Stimulate Economy 
October 27, 2011 - UNWTO - www.eturbonews.com
The Ministers of Tourism of the major economies meeting in Paris for the 3rd T20 Ministers’ Meeting have called on decision-makers to consider tourism within their strategies to foster the economy and when facing mounting challenges, namely that of job creation (Paris, France, October 25, 2011).



Experts Focus On Role Of PPP In Tourism 
October 24, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The public private partnership (PPP) model could be very good for tourism development, if only the government could ensure speedy and single-window clearances.



Subodh Kant Addresses International Tourism Ministers Conference At Paris  
October 24, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Minister for Tourism Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has said that annual conference of Tourism Ministers from G-20 countries is a forum for the growth and development of sustainable international tourism by promoting discussions and exchange of ideas between the major economies of the world that are also the major tourism market. Addressing the conference at Paris today he expressed the hope that the Conference would focus on creation of job opportunities in the tourism sector, thereby expanding the reach of economic benefits to larger segments of the world population. Shri Sahai said , “creation of employment opportunities is one of the main concerns worldwide, more so in the wake of the economic slow-down. Tourism plays a vital role in creating job opportunities for all strata of society that includes skilled, semi skilled and unskilled”.



`Incredible India' Campaign Has Run Its Course: Experts 
October 22, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
"The campaign has lived its life and it needs to be reinvented," said Arjun Sharma, Managing Director, Le Passage to India, a travel firm, today.



Bangalore Metro Becomes Tourism Hotspot 
October 20, 2011 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Jibin Varghese's mother is arriving in the city next week. She has already requested Jibin to take her for a ride on the Metro. "She's seen metros in photographs of my trips abroad and is excited about travelling in it right here in India," said the software developer.



LGBT Tourism: Ramdev's Outfit, Church Question Goa's Move 
October 20, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Bharat Swabhiman Trust (BST) started by Baba Ramdev has said it will oppose promotion of LGBT tourism in Goa.



India's First Aquarium-Based Theme Park In Sindhudurg District 
October 19, 2011 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
India may soon have its first ever aquarium-based theme park in Sindhudurg district, south of Mumbai and a few kilometres north of Goa, with its own dolphin stadium, theme restaurants, water sports facilities, and underwater studio, from within which people can watch sea creatures in their natural habitat.



That Sinking Feeling 
October 19, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Western Ghats encapsulate a freshwater ecosystem that is self-sustaining and self-sufficient. It is an incredible biodiversity hotspot. This freshwater region supports 400 million people with water for drinking, transport, irrigation and hydroelectric power, together with food and resources to sustain livelihoods.



Guest Houses To Come Up At Four Pilgrim Sites 
October 18, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Tourism Department Assistant Director M R Prakash said that Rs 1.5 crore each has been sanctioned to build one guest house each near the famous Kadri Shree Manjunatheshwara Temple in Mangalore and Kukke Sri Subramanya Temple.



UN Tourism Body Raises Bar For Transparency 
October 18, 2011 - Bangkok Post - www.bangkokpost.com
The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) ended its 19th biennial general assembly in Seoul last week by setting new standards of transparency and accountability for the entire travel industry and its myriad membership-based associations.



Environment Ministry Withholds Clearance To Lavasa Hill City 
October 17, 2011 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
The Environment and Forests Ministry on Friday rejected the environment clearance sought by the Lavasa Corporation for the first phase of its private hill station project spread of over 2000 hectares in Pune district on grounds that it did not comply with the pre-conditions of credible action on violation of the 2006 environment notification.


Telangana Agitation Impacts Tourism In Vizag 
October 17, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, the Telangana agitation is having an adverse impact on tourism sector in Visakhapatnam district. The District tourism has lost approximately 10 per cent of revenue due to frequent protests and other disturbances.



Karnataka Tourism to Focus on Golf Tourism 
October 15, 2011 - Express Travel World - www.expresstravelworld.com
In an effort to promote the state as an all round destination, Karnataka Tourism has decided to focus on developing golf tourism. K Viswanatha Reddy, director - Tourism, Karnataka said, “The strong evolving segment in the state is the upmarket segment with products like health and wellness and golf, etc. We are working on developing several golf courses to become a golf destination in the country.”



Conservation Camps For Tribals 
October 15, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The objective of the camps is to create awareness among forest dwellers on their rights.



Uttarakhand To Set Up Airport Under PPP Mode 
October 14, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In view of a large number of pilgrims and tourists coming to Uttarakhand every year, Government of Uttarakhand has decided to set up an airport under PPP mode between Haridwar and Laksar areas of the hill state.



South Africa Tourism Launches New Minimum Standard For Responsible Tourism 
October 13, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
South Africa Tourism has launched its new, globally aligned Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism initiative. The tourism department worked with stakeholders for more than 18 months to decide on the criteria. These were then refined through the South African Bureau of Standards.



India To Head UN South Asian Regional Commission For Tourism 
October 12, 2011 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
India has been made chairman of the United Nations South Asian regional commission for tourism. This was announced at the ongoing United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Conference at Gyeongju, South Korea, on Tuesday.



Govt Of Chhattisgarh Aims To Start Air Taxi Service In Bastar Region  
October 12, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Government of Chhattisgarh has decided to connect the Naxal-affected  Bastar region with air taxi services. Presently, there is an airstrip in Bastar, which is used only for VIP visits to the region. The state government had started taking steps in this regard around four years back. However, the Centre had turned down the proposal, citing the reason of inadequate security at the existing six airports in the state.



Conservation Fund Set Up For Tiger Reserves 
October 11, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The State has five tiger reserves – Bandipur, Nagarhole, Dandeli (Anshi), Bhadra and Biligiranganathaswamy in Mysore district. Each reserve generates an annual revenue of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh and till now the money was credited to the state exchequer.



Samiti Opposes Projects In Western Ghats 
October 11, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Addressing reporters here on Tuesday, Malenadu Janti Kriya Samithi Committee President Pradeep Kumar K L said The Greater Talacauvery project is nothing but interlinking of all the protected areas namely Brahmagiri, Talacauvery, Pushpagiri sanctuaries and all other reserve forests which come under it.



India To Head United Nations South Asian Regional Commission For Tourism 
October 11, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India has been selected to head the United Nations South Asian Regional Commission for Tourism for the next four years. This decision was taken at the 19th United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly meeting held recently held at Gyeongju, South Korea. A high level delegation from India, led by Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism, attended the UNWTO General Assembly meeting.


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