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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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India Made Chariman Of United Nations South Asian Regional Commission For Tourism 
October 10, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
India has been made Chairman of United Nations South Asian regional commission for tourism. The chairmanship of the Commission was with Iran for the last four years.



Night Ban Hours May Extend In Bandipur 
October 10, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
“The current ban hours on vehicles entering the National Park is unscientific. Hence, we are trying to seek experts’ opinion to advance the restriction by two to three hours,” Forest Minister C.P.Yogeeshwara said at the valedictory function of 57th Wildlife Week here on Monday.



Ryots Oppose Elephant Corridor 
October 10, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Elephant corridors in Western Ghats has been conceived to protect and provide pachyderms fodder and drinking water and sufficient space so that they do not stray into adjoining villages.



India Emerging As LGBT Tourism Hub 
October 10, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) tourism is an emerging trend in India, thanks to the rise in travellers from the US, Europe and Australia. According to Community Marketing Inc (CMI), a communications and marketing agency based in the US, over 80 per cent of 3,865 LGBT Americans that were sampled said they would visit or have visited India and prefer it over other destinations in South Asia.



Reddy’s Dream Zoo May Be A Non-Starter 
October 09, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The zoo, planned to be located on 300 acres of land at Bilikallu reserve forest near Kamalapura in Hospet taluk of Bellary district, adjacent to the Daroji sloth bear sanctuary, Asia’s first dedicated haven for sloth bears, was strongly opposed by wildlife enthusiasts as ill-conceived with little thought to environmental and wildlife concerns, coming up as it did on a pristine dryland forest path.



Tourists Throng Palace City On Weekend 
October 09, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The weekend saw thousands of tourist throng the Amba Vilas Palace and the Zoo here. The number of ticketed visitors to the Palace touched the peak on Sunday with more than 24,500 tourists touring the palace on a single day — a number higher than the visitors to palace in any of the seven days of the nine-day Dasara this year. The entry to the Palace is restricted on Ayudha Pooja and Vijayadashami and there is no ticketed entry inside palace on both these days.



India To Showcase Less Known Tourist Spots In F1 Gala 
October 09, 2011 - Outlook India - news.outlookindia.com
With the inaugural Indian Grand Prix set to draw huge foreign and domestic crowds, the Tourism Ministry has decided to showcase the lesser known destinations during the here.



MoEF Seeks Revised Plan On Elephant Relocation 
October 08, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Forest Minister C.P.Yogeeshwara had recently said that the jumbos would be shifted to Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary to reduce increasing man-animal conflict in and around Alur. A meeting with officials of the department too has been scheduled for Monday to chalk out the translocation plan.



National Community Rights Convention From Today 
October 08, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Kodagu Rural Development Institute, Jilla Budakattu krishikara Sangha, Rashtriya Adivasi Andolana, Lokashakthi Abhiyana will organise the convention.



Halebeedu Temple Witnesses Good Tourist Turnover 
October 07, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The tourists who had camped at Mysore to witness the world famous ‘Jamboo savaari’ on Thursday visited the Halebeedu temple, which is one of the popular tourist destination in the district.



National Meet Of Adivasis From October 9 
October 07, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The convention will discuss the current policies of the government, which the organisers say, rob the natural resources and sell them to corporate companies, violating fundamental human rights.



MoT Finalises Action Plan To Create Awareness In Tourism Sector 
October 07, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Aiming to ensure international standards of safe tourism practices, Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, has finalised an action plan for an aggressive awareness campaign in certain 'vulnerable' destinations in the country, including training programmes for service providers. According to a report in The Hindu Business Line, five 'most vulnerable' places for tourist exploitation in the country would be selected for spreading awareness among service providers including guides, tour operators, hoteliers, and auto and taxi drivers.


A TWIST IN TOURISM’S TALE 
October 06, 2011 - Hard News - www.hardnewsmedia.com
It’s as early as 6am and the Khatia Gate at the Kanha National Park is bustling with activity. Hundreds of tourists armed with state-of-the-art cameras and binoculars eagerly wait for the gates to open. This gate would lead them to a natural paradise ruled by one of the greatest predators to ever walk this earth — the tiger. To catch a glimpse of their favourite animal, people have descended to this tiger haven from across the world.



Varanasi Ghat Among Threatened Heritage Sites In World 
October 06, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
WMF President Bonnie Burnham today announced the '2012 World Monuments Watch', a list of 67 cultural heritage sites in 41 countries that need immediate assistance.



Subodh Kant Sahai Launches Scheme To Train Youths In Tourism In Ranchi 
October 06, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister of Tourism, Govt of India launched Hunar Se Rozgaar, a pilot project aiming to provide training to youths to help them get employment in tourism and hospitality industry in Ranchi. According to a Times News Network report, the project has been designed jointly by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation and the IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited.



Union Environment Ministry Under The Scanner In Goa PAC Report 
October 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The report, which is likely to be tabled in the House tomorrow or on October 7, is understood to have said the issuance of Environment Clearance (EC) certificate by MOEF has become an "additional farce" that is being carried out to display compliance with the directions of the apex court without any serious examination of the ground".



Palace City Gets Fewer Visitors! 
October 02, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The State tourism department may boast of the popularity of Mysore as a preferred destination for travelers around the world through such creative advertisements, but it could soon loose the honour to other destinations on the world map if the government fails to take few urgent corrective steps.



Pilikula Zoo To Get Bison, Hippopotamus: Palemar 
October 01, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The decision was taken at a committee meeting recently. “Many of the rare plants and animals are in the endangered species list. There is a need to conserve these species and especially save them from poachers and tree smugglers,” he said.



Beach Properties: Andaman For Sale? 
September 30, 2011 - The Light Of Andamans - lightofandamans.blogspot.com
Once, a Pradhan of a Panchayat bought a wall clock for Rs 80,000/- Fortunately or unfortunately, he was prepared to face any enquiry as he had fulfilled all codal formalities. He had three quotations and the lowest was for Rs 80,000/- And there was no benchmark set!



‘Tap Indian Culture To Promote Tourism’ 
September 28, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The programme was jointly organised by Shodhana Tourism Research and Development Trust, Konaje and Tourism and Travel Management Department of the University College. The main theme of the programme was ‘Tourism helping in culture development’.



Tourism Bodies Come Together For Clean Up Drive At Elephanta Island On World Tourism Day 
September 28, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to create awareness about Responsible Tourism and to mark September 27 as World Tourism Day, the India Tourism Mumbai Office yesterday undertook an initiative to clean up the popular tourist haunt of Elephanta Island. The Elephanta Island Clean up Drive was supported by the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Red Cross Society and the Gram Panchayat. Around 200 people including locals participated in the event. The event was organized in association with Tourist Guide Association – Mumbai, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), Archaeological Survey of India and travel trade industry.



MP To Become Best Tourism State Soon: Puar 
September 27, 2011 - Central Chronicle - www.centralchronicle.com
Tourism Minister Tukojirao Puar has said that Madhya Pradesh will soon emerge as best tourism state in the country. Private sector and tour operators will have an important role in this. Puar was speaking as chief guest at state-level Tourism Awards distribution function held at Hotel Jehan Numa Palace on the occasion of World Tourism Day. Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Dr. Mohan Yadav, Deputy Chairman Santosh Jain, Principal Secretary Tourism Deepak Khandekar, Secretary and Commissioner Tourism Hariranjan Rao and Managing Director Pankaj Raag were the guests of honour on the occasion.



State To Host International Tourism Carnival Next Year 
September 27, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
To put Assam on the world tourism map, the State Government has decided to host an international tourism carnival in April next year.



‘CRZ Rules Obstacle To Explore Tourism Potential’ 
September 27, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
He was speaking after inaugurating the World Tourism Day-2011 celebrations organised with the concept of “Tourism Linking Cultures” by District Administration and District Tourism Department here on Tuesday. He said earlier governments would offer meager amount of funds to develop tourism as compared to the funds allotted these days. As many as Rs 187 crore budget has been envisioned to promote tourism during the current fiscal year. In this backdrop, the most essential issue to be taken into consideration is the relaxation of CRZ rules. It is the major obstacle towards exploiting available beach tourism potentials.



Rs 200 Crore For Tourism Promotion In 2011-12 
September 27, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Inaugurating the event organised by the Tourism department, he said the State was a prominent tourist destination and the Government would create the required infrastructure to draw tourists.



Tourism Continues To Be Ignored In Hassan District 
September 27, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Hassan district has various tourism destinations and has a pride of place in the tourism map. While the Belur and Halebeedu temples with its beautiful sculptures attract hordes of tourists, Bhagwan Mahaveer’s monolithic statue at Shravanabelagola is world famous. Apart from these, the district has more pilgrim centres that has historical importance.



‘Human Safari’ Tourism Destroys UN Drive To Link Cultures 
September 26, 2011 - Survival International - www.survivalinternational.org
Travel and tourism have the power to link cultures and provide a ‘stepping stone towards peace’, according to the UN. But as the world marks its 32nd World Tourism Day, Survival has learned of an alleged sexual assault on a tribal woman in India’s Andaman Islands.



Tree Parks Planned To Amuse And Educate People 
September 26, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking to Deccan Herald, sources in the Forest department in Mangalore said “the tree park will be a joint venture of the Forest department and Pilikula Nisargadhama. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 1.5 crore. The proposal has already been submitted to the State government.”



Karnataka Tourism Launches Jungle Camps And Trails Programme 
September 26, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Karnataka Tourism has launched a new programme aimed at budget tourists – Jungle Camps and Trails (JCT) - in 10 locations in the southern part of the state. The new programme complements the government-run initiative, the Jungle Lodges and Resorts programme which taps top-end Eco-Tourists to the southern state.



Public Meeting Discusses Bus Fare Hike & Need For Reviving Hut Bay As Tourist Destination 
September 25, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
In connection with the recent exorbitant bus fare hike, price hike of other essential commodities and to take up the issue of providing infrastructure to develop Hut Bay as a well equipped tourist destination, a public meeting was organised at Hut Bay Bazar on 23rd September, 2011 under the supervision of BJP leader Shri Jangmaiah, Pradhan, Hut Bay.



Bandipur Park Declared Ecologically Sensitive Area 
September 24, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
According to the guidelines of the National Wildlife Board, all national parks and protected forests should be declared as ‘Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs).’ The process is being delayed due to some vested interests and lack of awareness on the part of villagers in the vicinity, a senior Forest officer told Deccan Herald.



Season Ticket For Entry To All Tourist Places 
September 22, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said tourists visit Chamundi Hill, Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Ambavilas Palace, Krishnaraja Sagar, Jagan Mohan Palace Art Gallery, Karanji Lake, etc. They have to buy tickets at all these places, but the season ticket would enable them to enter them without having to stand in a queue.



Foreigners Cancel Trips, Domestic Plans Stay 
September 20, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The tremor has taken its toll on the tourism sector with a good number of foreigners cancelling their trips to Sikkim.



Orissa Invites Private Investment To Develop Tourist Spots  
September 19, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
In a bid to boost tourism, Orissa government has invited private players to develop, operate, manage and transfer its existing properties in about 30 locations, official sources said today.



Safari Through Bandipur, A Blessing For Visitors 
September 18, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Vehicles of the forest department are used for the safari, which takes visitors through the national park.



Environment Protection Act Uniform For Nation 
September 18, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
In a press statement issued here, they said “Environment Protection Act 1986 Section 3 speaks on Eco Sensitive Zone within 10 km radius of all the National Parks and the reserve forests. The Act came into existence in 1986, but till 2002, neither the Center nor the state governments initiated any action.”



Golden Chariot Slows Down Again 
September 17, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Luxury train Golden Chariot is showing all signs of hitting another roadblock: The government has served an ultimatum on the railways to take steps to enter into a revised MoU with Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) to continue operations.



Goa Tourism Moves Beyond Beaches 
September 16, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The tourism industry here plans to aggressively pitch the state as a destination with "hidden treasures" during the Goa International Tourism Mart (GITM) which gets under way next month.



Karnataka Expects Over 5 Crore Tourists This Year 
September 16, 2011 - Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Karnataka is expecting to host this year more than five crore tourists, including domestic and international, with an estimated 4.77 crore having already visited the southern State until July 2011, a senior official said here on Friday.



Omar For Preserving State's Eco-System 
September 16, 2011 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Thursday reiterated the necessity of preserving State's unique bio-environment and natural beauty. He said while promoting tourism and opening new areas for tourist interests this aspect should receive focused attention.



National Park Residents Still Live Under Fear 
September 16, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
These people have led a comfortable life in the region living on lands that came to them from their ancestors. The day the region was declared as Kudremukh National Park, their tale of pangs, pain and suffering began. Torn between love for land and regulations imposed by the Government, the people here do not know which way to go.



Maharashtra Tops In Travel & Tourism Survey 
September 14, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
Maharashtra topped an all-India annual ranking on travel and tourism, conducted by hospitality consultant HVS for the year 2010-11. Goa was second, followed by Delhi.



Orissa Government To Develop 35 Tourism Properties On PPP Basis 
September 14, 2011 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
In a bid to boost tourism, Orissa government is trying to rope in private sector in a big way to develop hospitality infrastructure by developing accommodation in 35 strategic tourist locations in public private participation [PPP] mode.


Scheme For Driver’s Training Lauched Under Hunar Se Rozgaar Initiative 
September 14, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Pursuing its commitment to create employable skills in tourism and hospitality sector, the Ministry of Tourism has launched a Scheme providing for the training of drivers.



Whose Forests Are These, Anyway? 
September 13, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Chikmagalur district in the State is uniquely placed, in terms of its geography. Within a five-kilometer radius of the town are diverse natural ecosystems, ranging from scrub jungles in Kanive to moist deciduous forest and shola grassland ecosystem in the Giris, rich in biodiversity and equally sensitive to any kind of disturbance.



Resolve Hampi Issue In A Week: HC 
September 12, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Making a submission, the State government said 314 people had been driven out for encroachment in and around the Virupaksha Temple, but around 70 of them were not eligible for rehabilitation, as the shops they had put up were illegal.



Four Fold Increase in The Allotment For Tourism During 12th Plan 
September 11, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - www.pib.nic.in
The working group of Tourism set up by the planning commission has recommended four fold increase in the allotment of funds for tourism during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2016). An amount of Rs. 21500 crore may be allotted as against the allocation of Rs. 5156 crore during 11th Plan. This was announced by the Union Minister for Tourism, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai while addressing the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to his Ministry here last evening. Substantial proportion of the estimated outlay is proposed to be allocated for improvement of tourism infrastructure, human resource development, capacity building and promotion and publicity.



Tour Projects Fail To Progress 
September 11, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
A number of projects sanctioned by the Centre to improve the tourism infrastructure in the Darjeeling hills from 2004 onwards have not yet been completed, shows a status report compiled by the Union tourism ministry.



Four Fold Increase In The Allotment For Tourism During 12th Plan Consultative Committee Attached To Ministry Of Tourism Meets 
September 09, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The working group of Tourism set up by the planning commission has recommended four fold increase in the allotment of funds for tourism during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2016). An amount of Rs. 21500 crore may be allotted as against the allocation of Rs. 5156 crore during 11th Plan. This was announced by the Union Minister for Tourism, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai while addressing the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to his Ministry here last evening.



Rs 400-Cr Master Plan To Develop Alappuzha Backwaters 
September 06, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Union Tourism Ministry has approved a proposal by the Kerala Tourism Department to implement the first phase of a Rs 400-crore master plan that aims to give a facelift to the famed backwaters of Alappuzha.



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