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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.

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.

A Month To File Counter Affidavit In Hampi Encroachment Case 
July 26, 2011 - Daily News Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
The high court on Monday gave four weeks’ time to the state government, central government and the Archaeological Survey of India to file their counter affidavit in the petitions challenging the illegal encroachments at the World Heritage Centre, Hampi.

Himachal Inks 95.16 Million Dollars Loan Agreement 
July 21, 2011 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
The Himachal Pradesh Government on Wednesday inked a $95.16 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank to strengthen tourism infrastructure in the State under the Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism.

'Voluntary CSR Failed, Enforcement Must' 
July 20, 2011 - The Financial Express - www.financialexpress.com
Regretting that the concept of voluntary CSR has not picked up in India, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily today said the new Companies Bill would make it mandatory for corporate to earmark part of their profit for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

NEC To Develop Three Tourist Spots 
July 20, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
The North-Eastern Council (NEC) has decided to take up a master plan of developing three tourist hotspots in the state, namely Kangla Fort, Loktak Lake and Moreh border town.

27 Nelliampathy Estates Broke Rules 
July 15, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
An official verification of lease documents of forest land in the Nelliampathy Hills makes a shocking revelation that 27 of the 52 estates there have violated the lease agreements and the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

MoT To Unveil Tourism Master Plan For NE States By Month End 
July 13, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Govt of India, along with North Eastern Council (NEC), will unveil the Integrated Tourism Master Plan for the North Eastern states soon. The draft Master Plan developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and submitted to NEC is currently under the consideration of MoT.  According to Deepa Laskar, Regional Director (North-East), India Tourism, the Master Plan is expected to be in the public domain by the end of this month.

Karnataka To Develop Two Mega Circuits, Boat Houses 
July 12, 2011 - Express Travel World - www.expresstravelworld.com
Karnataka Tourism, in consultation with the Government of India, is planning to develop two mega circuits in Karnataka - at Shimoga and Chikballapur, this financial year. The tourism department is also planning to develop boat houses in the backwaters and inland lakes. This would include destinations such as Udupi, Kundapura, Gokarna, Murudeshwar, etc.

Archbishop: Goa Emerging As Hub For Child Sex Tourism 
July 11, 2011 - Christian Today - in.christiantoday.com
Goa is turning to be a leading destination for child sex tourism, warned the archbishop of the state.

Golf Lovers Can Now Tee-Off At Mangalore's Esturian Golfcourse 
July 11, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Located 5 km on the outskirts at Thannir Bhavi, Bengre Village near Mangalore, the country's first ever esturian golf course is being created as a public private partnership project by Karnataka Tourism along with Karnataka Small Industries Development Corporation (KSIDC) at an estimated cost of Rs 108 crore, Karnataka Tourism sources said.

Indian Tour Operators Ready To Promote Mlaya Tourism 
July 11, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
The Association of Domestic Tourist Operators of India (ADTOI) is willing to support the tour operators under the banner of the Confederation of Tourism Industry of Meghalaya (CTIM) in creating tourism business opportunities in Meghalaya. ADTOI president Subhash Varma said this at a business meet in a hotel here.

Temples And Cultural Tourism 
July 11, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Under the cautious and ever-vigilant eyes of the Supreme Court of India, a treasure trove of precious stones, gold, silver jewellery and ancient coins has been discovered in five of the six secret vaults of the historic temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy, a Hindu Mahavishnu temple located in the historic East Fort area of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala and power centre of the erstwhile princely State of Travancore.

'Tourism Code Of Conduct Need Of Hour' 
July 10, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
There's an urgent need to formulate a tourism code of conduct, stated participants on the concluding day of the two-day state consultation on 'Protecting Children in Tourism', held at Caritas, Panaji.

Plea To Ban Motor Rally In Forest Area 
July 10, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
D V Girish from Bhadra Wildlife Conservation Trust and Sridev Hulikere from Wild Cat C Management Trust have claimed that the sensitive forest areas in Mutthodi, Kemmannugundi and Mullayyanagiri are the abode of wild animals. Action must be taken to stop the four-wheeler and two-wheeler races in these areas.

Water Sports A Hit In River Cauvery 
July 10, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Kushalnagar: The tourists are having a fun time as they take part in the water sports in the fast flowing river located amidst the thick green forest near Dubare Elephant Camp. As the monsoon entered the district on time in June, the water-level has increased in the River Cauvery. It has automatically boosted the water sports. In fact, the tourists can be seen enjoying the heavy rains of Kodagu by taking part in the water sports.

Tourist Footfall On The Rise In NE 
July 09, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
Considering the increase in tourist footfall in the Northeast, the Union Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is taking initiative to promote the region, including Assam, as a unique sustainable eco-tourism destination with the slogan of ‘India’s North East Paradise Unexplored’. The government is also focusing on giving a new dimension to tourism in the Northeast by improving infrastructure and attracting more and more tourists, according to MoT Regional Director Deepa Laskar.

World Class Golf Course Near Mangalore 
July 09, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The one existing golf course in Mangalore may not quite be able to manage the traffic, but here's some good piece of news for all the avid golfers and for all those hoping to make it big in the sport in the coastal city.

Tour Operators Oppose Human Safaris 
July 07, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
The Association of Tour Operators in India’s Andaman Islands has come out in support of Survival’s call for tourists to stop using the illegal road that cuts through the forest of the recently contacted Jarawa tribe.

Sikkim Forms Panel To Stop Fleecing Of Tourists 
July 07, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sikkim is all set to become the sole authority for issuance of Nathula-pass permits to the tourists.

Sasoni Merbeel Eco-Tourism Project 
July 05, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
Amidst a festive mood despite inclement weather, the ambitious Sasoni Merbeel Eco-Tourism Project was inaugurated on Sunday by Chandan Brahma, Assam Minister of Tourism and Transport in the presence of a huge enthusiastic crowd. The project is located near Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district.

National Green Tribunal Starts Functioning 
July 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - deccanherald.com
"The first hearing of the NGT began at 11 a.m. today. The tribunal, which will deal with environmental cases, is an independent unit which has been launched with an initial support of the environment ministry," the official told IANS.

Flesh Trade Racket Busted, Two Touts Held In Haryana 
July 03, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The crime branch of Delhi Police, along with Rohtak police, arrested two persons who allegedly brought three girls to the capital and sold them to touts in Haryana. They accused are part of a gang involved in sex tourism.

Reckless Tourists Junk Food In Forests 
July 03, 2011 - Deccan Herald - deccanherald.com
The junk food culture has been spreading alarmingly in the forest on the National Highway 67 that connects two tiger reserves –– Bandipur and Madhumalai, with the Forest Department turning a blind eye, says Shankar, a member of Himagiri Conservation Society, Gundlupet.

Plans Plenty For Tourism Boost 
July 02, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Better accommodation, river cruise, sea sports and safaris into the Sunderbans core area — state tourism minister Rachhpal Singh promised these and more while inaugurating Tourist Spot at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Hotel In Sunderbans Flouting Court Order 
June 30, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
"If a tiger comes out on the edge of the island, it will see on the opposite island a grotesque white structure. This will be nothing short of trauma for it," said a senior forest officer, pointing to a white row of hotel on the Dayapur island embankment in the Sundarbans.

State Tourism Will Soon Be Getting A New Boost 
June 29, 2011 - E-PAO - e-pao
Tourism in the state will be getting a new boost with the North Eastern Council (NEC) planning to chalk out a tourism master plan for the state to develop tourism infrastructure in major tourist destinations of the state like, Kangla, Loktak Lake and Moreh.

Hidden Agenda Tag On Govt's 5 Star Dream 
June 28, 2011 - The Sangai Express - www.thesangaiexpress.com
At a time when the residents of Naga River Colony are raising a strong and vocal protest against the Government’s decision to set up a 5-Star hotel at the locality, a fact finding team of National level civil society organi-sations has expressed apprehension that the State Government may have a ‘hidden agenda’ in acqui-ring land at the locality.

Association Of Tour Operators Supports The Campaign By Survival International And SEARCH 
June 28, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
The Association of Tour Operators in Andaman has given its willingness to support the cause of the endangered Jarawa tribe who number just around 365. Talking to the Director of SEARCH, the President of the Association, Shri M. Vinod said, “I was not aware of the campaign until I was told about it by the members of SEARCH. We are strongly against Jarawa Tourism and have been demanding the Andaman Administration to close the Andaman Trunk Road that passes through the Jarawa Reserve forest”.

Cruise Tourism Policy To Focus On Infrastructure 
June 27, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The India Cruise Tourism Policy is likely to be cleared during the year and is expected to provide the much needed boost with a slew of initiatives to this untapped business opportunity, according to Mr Nikhil Thakurdas, Director of CruiseBay.

Munnar Encroachers Get Two Weeks To Move Out 
June 24, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
An all-party meeting convened here by the Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, on Friday has decided to restore to the State Government all encroached land in the hill resort town of Munnar through peaceful and non-confrontational means.

Child Labour, Abuse Prevalent In State: CRG 
June 23, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
There is prevalence of child labour and child abuse in Goa and also a serious lacuna in addressing both problems.

Kumble Bats For Inclusion Of Western Ghats In Heritage List 
June 23, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
He was on a visit to the forest range coming under Bandipur National Park limits in the taluk on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons, he said by including Western Ghats to the list of heritage sites would help in conserving flora and fauna of the region. The State government should immediately take steps as Bandipur forest range comes under the Western Ghats and it is everybody’s duty to protect the wildlife, he added.

Survival Launches Tourist Boycott Of Human Safari Park; Local Organisation SEARCH Joins Campaign 
June 22, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
Survival International today called for tourists to boycott the main highway in India’s Andaman Islands – an illegal road which cuts through the land of the endangered Jarawa tribe.

National Policy On Environmental Impact Assessment Soon: Ramesh 
June 21, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Ramesh told reporters here that under the new system, the ministry would take the lead in commissioning environmental impact assessments of projects in designated ecologically fragile areas like wetlands or close to forest areas or of integrated projects like mining-cum-power-cum-port projects.

Arunachal Tourism Mulls Home Stays' 
June 20, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Arunachal Pradesh is all set to launch an ambitious rural tourism project at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district by involving local people.

Mamata Woos Investors To Jangal Mahal Region 
June 19, 2011 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
Highlighting the untapped tourism potential of vast stretches of forest area in the three south-western districts of West Bengal, commonly known as Jangal Mahal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged investors to shed fear of adverse law and order situation in the region and set up tourism infrastructure.

Demystifying JK's Tourism Industry 
June 19, 2011 - Kashmir Dispatch - www.kashmirdispatch.com
'Peace is imperative for tourism', the state officials, 'mainstream politicians' have been yelling since long and now with separatist camp too has started making the similar noises by mentioning 'tourism contributes heavily to state's economy'; is it so? Tourism, could prove to be a backbone of any region’s economy in normal situation but not the one prevalent in the Valley. And it has never been the case in Kashmir as peace and tourism don't go hand in hand in the state.

ASI Forms Task Force To Save Hampi Ruins 
June 18, 2011 - Bangalore Mirror - www.bangaloremirror.com
The world-famous temples of Hampi are in danger of collapsing. Waking up to this threat, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to take all necessary steps to safeguard the world heritage temples. Following the sudden collapse of Varaha Temple and the subsequent report by Bangalore Mirror in its edition dated June 15, 2010, the ASI has ordered the constitution of a task force to assess the damage and suggest remedial measures.

Ramesh Raps State For Opposing Unesco Tag 
June 18, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) now suspects that the state government is succumbing to pressure from vested interests.

World Heritage Tag Will Not Affect Life In Western Ghats 
June 18, 2011 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
As the country is all set to vie for the prestigious nomination of the Unesco, apprehensions were raised that the status would affect the life of people, including tribals. There were also reports that the Karnataka government would oppose the nomination on these grounds.

Manipur Govts Plan To Build 5-Star Hotel Opposed 
June 18, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
Manipur Government’s move to evict residents of Naga river village (colony) for construction of a 5-star hotel has been opposed by the residents as well as All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO).

ASI Begins Work On Re-Building Collapsed Temple Wall In Hampi 
June 18, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
A team of experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Saturday commenced the work of rebuilding one of the walls of the Varaha temple, which recently collapsed, at the Hampi heritage site.

Govt Wakes Up To Plight Of Hampi Temples 
June 17, 2011 - Bangalore Mirror - www.bangaloremirror.com
Minister for Religious Endowment and Higher Education Dr V S Acharya on Thursday said that the state government would take necessary action to safeguard the temples in Hampi. He said this while reacting to a Bangalore Mirror report on how illegal quarrying in nearby villages is affecting the ancient structures.

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