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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.

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.

Most Hotels In India Do Not Come Forward For Accreditation: Subodh Kant Sahai 
November 25, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Around 80 to 90 per cent of hotels in India do not come forward for accreditation despite Government of India's efforts to make them do so, said Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism, while speaking at the first India Heritage Tourism Conclave in New Delhi recently. The Minister was reacting to complaints about the lack of cleanliness and hygiene in hotels, which is a big put-off for international visitors.

Development Of Ayodhya As Tourist Hub 
November 25, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned a project for Revitalization of Ayodhya (Faizabad) as a special Tourist Destination in Uttar Pradesh in the year 2008-09.

AP Govt Completes Land Acquisition For Durgam Cheruvu Ropeway 
November 24, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Land acquisition has been completed for building ropeways at two tourism spots in Andhra Pradesh. The two rope ways at Durgam Cheruvu in Hyderabad and Kondagattu Anjaneya Temple in Jagityal Mandal of Karimnagar district are estimated to cost between Rs 4 – 6 crore and will be completed within a year from the date of commencement, according to Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Managing Director and Vice-Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation.

CBI To Ask Kerala Govt To Probe State Tourism Dept In Illegal Star-Rating Case 
November 24, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is currently probing the illegal awarding of star ratings to eight hotels in Kerala by India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) officials, will soon send a recommendation to the Kerala government to look into the activities of the State Tourism Department which usually forwards the list of hotels to be cleared by the ITDC. Sources in the CBI said the files pertaining to the hotels were first cleared by a state committee comprising members of the State Tourism Department.

Helipad Plans For Remote Dzongu 
November 24, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Three helipads have been proposed for the remote villages in Dzongu to serve as bases during natural calamities and to boost eco-tourism.

Tour Map For Growth 
November 24, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The Centre will develop more travel circuits, entertainment parks and rural tourism clusters across the country to promote the tourism sector at home and abroad

MoT To Develop 35 Integrated Circuits In PPP Mode Across India 
November 19, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has intended to develop 35 integrated circuits in public private partnership (PPP) mode in all states and 20 tourism parks and 70 rural tourism clusters during the 12th Five Year Plan. This information was given by Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister of Tourism, Government  of India. He said that MoT has appointed a national level consultant to identify four tourism circuits in each state, excluding the North Eastern states and two in each union territory for integrated development of tourism circuits during the 12th Five- Year Plan period.

A Storm Foretold 
November 18, 2011 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
FEW OF US are easily convinced of an urgency. How many people dead, we ask. How much money siphoned? Have wailing women and famished men walked to the hallowed protest venues in Delhi? Have courts swooped into the mess? Have the armed forces been summoned? Have the media pundits spun in delirium? Do we have a blood shot, money shot, or a darkest-moment- in-human-history shot?

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.

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