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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.

India And Israel To Enhance Tourism Cooperation  
September 05, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
India and Israel have decided to enhance cooperation in Tourism Sector. This was decided at a meeting between Mr. Stas Misezhnikov, Tourism Minister of Israel and Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai held here today. Welcoming the visiting dignitary, Shri Sahai said both the countries can explore the possibilities of cooperation in wellness, spiritual and religious tourism. The Israeli Minister said hoteliers of his country are interested to set up hotels in India. He also requested for more flights between India and Israel. Mr. Stas Misezhnikov invited Shri Sahai to visit Israel.

Promotion Of Tourism 
September 02, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The  Ministry  of  Tourism, Government of India provides  financial  assistance  to  State Governments/UT Administrations for  organizing fairs, festivals and tourism related  events based on proposals received from them and subject  to  availability  of  funds, inter-se priority and adherence to the scheme guidelines.

National Parks As Tourist Spots 
September 02, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism undertook an independent assessment of the ground situation in select National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the country, through the students of various Institutes of Hotel Management, affiliated to the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT). This assessment was done for hotels, lodges, resorts, camps & guest houses in six National Parks during December, 2009 to June, 2010.

Irregularities In ITDC 
September 02, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The complaints of irregularities and corruption including submission of fake papers received in ITDC against the employees are dealt as per existing rules, regulations and guidelines in force.

Setback For Jumbo Corridor 
August 31, 2011 - Down To Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
THE Supreme Court has temporarily stayed an order of the Madras High Court, asking resort owners near Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu to vacate the land. In April, the high court had given resort owners three months to hand over the land with them to the state to pave the way for an elephant corridor in the Nilgiri mountains. The corridor would connect Mudumalai to the Sathyamangalam forests in the east of the Segur plateau.

President Calls For Developing Ashtamudi Lake 
August 30, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has called for developing Ashtamudi Lake as an international tourism destination incorporating all principles of sustainable and responsible tourism.

Probe Sought Into Eviction Of Families In Hampi 
August 30, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Addressing the media on Monday, members of the Hampi Gram Panchayat also demanded that the Hampi Bazaar be reinstated.

Mega Tourism Plan On The Anvil 
August 30, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Tamil Nadu Government is set to formulate tourism schemes totalling over Rs 1,611 crore with private sector participation, according to the Policy Note on tourism tabled in the Assembly today.

Tour Companies Join Tourist Boycott Of Human Safaris 
August 29, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
In a major step forward, two leading tour companies in India’s Andaman Islands have come out in support of the call for tourists to boycott the Andaman Trunk Road. The road cuts through the heart of the recently contacted Jarawa tribe’s forest.

Plastic Ban In Bhitarakanika A Boon For Locals 
August 26, 2011 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
The ban imposed by the forest department on tourists carrying polythene and plastic material inside the Bhitarakanika National Park since August 1 last, has helped some locals to get a means of livelihood by selling eco-friendly paper and cotton carry bags.

Impact Of Collapsed Economy On Tourism Industry 
August 25, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - www.pib.nic.in
The actual impact of recent problems with the United States (US) economy as well as the global economy on the tourism industry in India would be known after some gap.

PIL Grimage Tourism In Haryana 
August 25, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development, promotion and implementation of tourism projects is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/Union Territories. However, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance for tourism projects, which are prioritized in consultation with the State Governments/ Union Territories, including destinations of pilgrim tourism.

Tourism In Kollam District Of Kerala 
August 25, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development and promotion of various tourism destinations/ products /fairs /festivals /events are primarily the responsibility of the respective State Government/Union Territory (UT) Administration. The Ministry of Tourism, however, provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism infrastructure development projects /fairs /festivals/events identified in consultation with them, subject to availability of funds, inter-se-priority and adherence to scheme guidelines.

Seven Green Hamlets Ready To Take Guests 
August 23, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Seven forest villages are being readied for tourists wanting to visit the hills and the Dooars to unwind during the Pujas close to the wild green world.

More Support For Campaign To End Jarawa Tourism 
August 21, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
The campaign to put an end to Jarawa Tourism in the islands which was started in the month of June 2011 is gaining more support. It is for the first time that local tour companies and travel agents have come out openly to say no to Jarawa Tourism.

Subodhkant Inaugurates Conference Of State Tourism Ministers in Kerala 
August 20, 2011 - Newstrack India - www.newstrackindia.com
Union Tourism Minister Subodhkant Sahai today inaugurated the second Southern Regional Conference of Tourism Ministers at Kollam, Kerala.

Subodhkant Innaugurates Sourthern Regional Conference Of State Tourism Ministers 
August 20, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Union tourism Minister Shri Subodhkant Sahai inaugurated today the Second Southern Regional Conference of Tourism Ministers at Kollam, Kerala. The objective of this two day conference, organised by the Ministry of Tourism is to bring together all the States, Union Territory Administrations and the private sector stakeholders of the Southern Region on a common platform to discuss and take forward a holistic and integrated development of tourism in the region.

Hampi Bazaar Needs A New Plan' 
August 19, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The demolition of the biggest tourist hotspot in Hampi — the bazaar within the 16th Century Virupaksha Temple complex — has kicked up dust. Scores of families have been left homeless even as scholars fear the temple will be reduced to a ‘lifeless ruin' without this historic market that sold everything from jasmine to harem pants and housed hotels, restaurants and cyber cafes.

Massage Parlours: A Cover For Prostitution? 
August 19, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Massage parlours being a cover for prostitution is no secret in the city. In fact, across the country, in the last decade or so, the police have been busting several such operations. Increasing levels of income, a growing preference for decentralised apartments as against red-light areas, and demands of industries like tourism have meant that prostitution in massage parlours continues to exist and grow in spite of repeated arrests and raids.

Budget Hotels 
August 19, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Five Year Tax Holiday for 2, 3 and 4 star category hotels located in all UNESCO declared World Heritage sites (Except Mumbai and Delhi) for hotels operating w.e.f. 01.04.2008 to 31.03.2013. Incentive under 35 AD of the Income Tax Act:  An investment linked deduction Under Section 35 AD of the Income Tax Act has Also been announced in the Union Budget 2010-2011 for establishing new hotels of 2 star category and above, all over India thus allowing 100% deduction in respect of the whole or any expenditure of capital nature excluding (land, goodwill and financial instruments) incurred during the year

Tourism Parks In Country 
August 18, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development and promotion of tourism including the identification of new tourism destinations and setting up of Mega Tourism Parks for holding the tourists for a longer period as well as adopting public – private partnership model for their development are primarily the responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territories (U.T) Administrations.

Uttarakhand Steps Up Tourist Initiatives 
August 16, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
Uttarakhand, the country’s only hilly state in the top 10 list in terms of tourist arrivals, is planning big to improve its ranking. The scenic and heritage-dense Himalayan state, which was carved out from the adjoining north-western districts of Uttar Pradesh nearly 11 years ago, is now considering new stretches for river rafting to promote adventure tourism and looking at support infrastructure through private partnership to make unexplored destinations tourist-friendly.

Orissa To Spend Spend 14 Crores To Develop Buddhist Sites To Attract Tourists 
August 14, 2011 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
To attract more tourists to Langudi, Kaima, Neulipur, Tarapur and other hills in Jajpur district, the state government will spend 14 crores within four years, said Ashok Tripathy the secretary of tourism and culture department of Orissa on Saturday.  Tripathy along with senior officials visited these Buddhist sites on Saturday.

Thailand, Goa Join Hands To Promote Tourism 
August 13, 2011 - Thaindian News - www.thaindian.com
Thailand and Goa, both top beach tourism destinations in Asia, will join hands at mutually promoting each other during the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM), which will be held in October this year.

ASI Begins Process To Take Over Virupaksha Temple 
August 12, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will take over the Virupaksha temple, the Virupaksha bazaar street and other monuments situated in about 15.9 acres of land around the temple for protection and conservation.

Hospitality Industry 
August 12, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Though the construction of hotels is primarily a private sector activity the Ministry of Tourism has taken the following steps to promote hospitality industry in the country including Andhra Pradesh:

Displaced Traders In Hampi Will Be Rehabilitated, Say Officials 
August 12, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
After the drive to clear encroachments was launched, we are literally on the streets. We are eagerly waiting for the district administration to provide us with a place to carry on with our business, say shopkeepers and those who were engaged in other types of business in Hampi.

Child Pornography On Internet 
August 12, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Every infrastructure / service may be used for hosting variety of applications and content of any nature. The web infrastructure does not distinguish the nature of content. The technology is therefore, used for purposes which may be liked by one section of society and not liked by other sections of society. Pornography is one such nature of content and several groups have hosted pornography sites / content on Internet for variety of purposes. Such sites can be accessed by all sections of users including children. Most of the pornographic websites are hosted outside the country.

Cruise Tourism 
August 12, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Cruise tourism has the potential to attract both domestic as well as foreign tourists in the country. The Ministry of Tourism in association with the Ministry of Shipping promotes cruise tourism.

What's Heritage Sans People?' 
August 11, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The vibrant Hampi bazaar, which has for years thrived and morphed within an ancient temple complex, is being demolished by the district administration, leaving scores of traders out of work and hundreds homeless.

We Were Given Just 12 Hrs 
August 11, 2011 - Bangalore Mirror - www.bangaloremirror.com
A confederacy of the Bahmani Sultanate invaded the erstwhile Vijaynagar Empire at Hampi and reduced the royal empire to rubble.

Development Of Tourism In Uttar Pradesh 
August 11, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development, promotion, implementation and monitoring of tourism projects is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/Union Territories. However, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism projects, which are complete as per scheme guidelines and  prioritized in consultation with the State Government/Union Territories and subject to submission of utilization certificates for funds released earlier under various schemes.

Tourism Minister Flags Off Beyond Barriers Incredible India Tour 
August 11, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Minister of Tourism, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai flagged off Beyond barriers Incredible India Tour by wheel-chair based persons in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion the Minister praised the determination of physically challenged people in undertaking All-India Tour on wheelchair. He said, physically fit persons especially younger generation should emulate these people.

Goa To Have Full-Fledged Tourist Security Force 
August 10, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa will be the first state in the country to have a full-fledged tourist security force (TSF) reporting directly to the tourism department by early next year

Apex Court Orders Implementation Of Buffer Zone Notification In True Letter & Spirit 
August 10, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
Port Blair: The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in its judgment dated 01.08.2011 has ordered that no person other than a member of an aboriginal tribe can enter the Buffer Zone for any commercial and / or tourism activities. It was also ordered that it shall be the duty of the Director of Tribal Welfare to ensure that Notification dated 30.10.2010 is implemented in its letter and spirit.

Karnataka Hopes To Invite Maximum Visitors This Year 
August 09, 2011 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
Amidst all the political turmoil that the Karnataka government has gone through this year the tourism sector in the state is growing like never before. According to Karnataka state tourism director, K Vishwanatha Reddy, the state witnessed 3.29 crore tourists in the year before last. Out of all the tourists 3.5 lakh were foreigners.

Mega Tourism Project Approved For Agartala 
August 06, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The capital city of Tripura will have a splendid golf course to attract more tourist flow in the State. As of now, the State has two golf courses – one at BSF campus, Salbagan and another at Gandhigram army cantonment area. But the proposed golf course at Assam Rifles compound will be a unique one.

Committee Formed To Categorize Hotels, Casinos 
August 06, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state tourism department has constituted a committee that will categorize, re-categorize and fix rates for hotels and casinos operating in Goa's tourist areas.

Medical Tourism Industry To Touch Rs 10,800 Cr By 2015: Assocham 
August 05, 2011 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Market size of the Indian medical tourism sector is likely to more than double to Rs 10,800 crore by 2015 from Rs 4,500 crore at present, industry chamber Assocham on Friday said in its study.

Domestic Tourism 
August 05, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
In Population Census of India urban population is classified by population size and not by tier i.e Class I (Population 100,000 & above), Class II ( Population 50,000 – 99,999), Class III (Population 20,000 – 49,999), Class IV (Population 10,000 – 19,999), Class V (Population 5,000 – 9,999) and Class VI (Population Less than 5000).

Safety Of Tourists 
August 05, 2011 - Presss Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. As such, prevention of crime, including crime against tourists is the primary responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territories. Ministry of Tourism does not compile the data on crimes, including crimes against tourists.

HC Notice To Govt On Hotel And Beach Resorts Policy 
August 04, 2011 - The Times Of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The high court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday issued notice to the state government in a petition filed by NGO Goa Foundation challenging the hotels and beach resorts policy.

More Tourism Projects Planned 
August 04, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Tourism Department is planning to start a new boating project at the Bahur Lake, Tourism director A. S. Sivakumar said.

Don't Use The Andaman Trunk Road For Jarawa Tourism 
August 04, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com

West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee Kick-Starts Kolkata's 'London Makeover' 
August 03, 2011 - Daily Bhaskar - daily.bhaskar.com
In a step towards fulfilling her poll pledge of sprucing up Kolkata to match London, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday kick-started an ambitious project for beautification of a stretch along the Ganges.

Amitabh Bachchan To Lure Tourists To More Gujarat Sites 
August 01, 2011 - Central Chronicle - www.centralchronicle.com
Bollywood icon and Gujarat brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, who has promoted areas like Kutch and Dwarka, will lend his rich baritone and charismatic presence to attract tourists to some more picturesque spots in the state, including this pretty hill station.

Encroachments Cleared In Hampi 
July 28, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority launched an operation to clear encroachments in Hampi on Wednesday.

Demand To Declare Yeoor Hills As Tourist Spot 
July 27, 2011 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
Director of CIDCO and MLC Subhash Bhoir today urged the state government to officially declare the picturesque Yeoor Hills in Thane city as a tourist spot. Addressing a press conference at the Thane Municipal Corporation, Bhoir said that once the area is declared as a tourist spot, amusement parks on the line of Esssel World also can be set up.

Tourism Industry Demands Formation Of Inter-Ministerial Panel 
July 27, 2011 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
In heritage tourism also, major Indian sites continued to attract less number of visitors. A place like Hampi in Karnataka could lure only 0.05 lakh foreigners, while the Angkor Wat temple in Comboida attracted one million foreign tourists a year.

Subodh Kant Sahay Inaugurates North India Cinematic Tourism Conclave 
July 27, 2011 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Union Minister of Tourism Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has emphasized that tourism as an economic activity should be taken at all available platforms so as to tap its huge potential to generate employment and to reap its financial and social benefits to the country . Shri Sahay was inaugurating the North India Cinematic Tourism Conclave at Chandigarh today. The Tourism Conclave was jointly organized by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration and Northern India Management Association.

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