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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.

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.

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.

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