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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.

Hotels Around Tiger Reserves To Cough Up Cess 
June 08, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
The Rajasthan Government has started consultations with operators of private hotels around Ranthambhore National Park in Sawai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar to finalise the quantum of cess to be imposed by the end of the year, as directed by the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment.

Queen Of The Hills Regains Summer Crown - Promise Of Calm Sees Darjeeling Back As Beat-The-Heat Destination For City Tourists 
June 08, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Darjeeling has reclaimed its rightful place as Calcutta’s favourite summer destination following the promise of a calm that has eluded it for the past few years.

Brakes On Himachals Eco-Tourism Projects 
June 07, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
An inquiry ordered by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal into eco-tourism projects, which are facing charges relating to violations of the Forest Conservation Act, has confirmed glaring lapses in privatisation of the prime forest properties and sites but the government doesn’t find these lapses a ground to scrap projects.

Levy Cess On Tourism Activities To Develop Protected Areas: MoEF 
June 07, 2011 - O Herald - oheraldo.in
Union Ministry for Environment and Forest (MoEF) has recommended imposing ‘Local Conservation Cess’ (LCC) on all private tourism activities near protected areas with a condition that revenue earned would be spent on development and management of that areas.

Eco-Tourism Park To Come Up In Mayurbhanj 
June 06, 2011 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
The Odisha government is considering setting up an eco-tourism park in the Manchabandha Reserve in Baripada territorial forest division.

Environment Ministry May Undertake EIAs For Projects In Eco-Sensitive Zones 
June 06, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Ministry of Environment and Forests is mulling a proposal to undertake Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) on its own for projects coming up in eco-sensitive areas, as well as those having multiple units, instead of merely going by the assessment carried out by the project promoters.

Panambur Beach Has A Warrior 
June 05, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
"If you don't respect the environment, you don't deserve to be respected" - the maxim that Yathish Bykampady, 46-year-old chief executive officer of Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project, swears and lives by. It is this no-nonsense attitude towards environmental degradation which has ensured that visitors coming to Panambur beach, around 10 km away from here, gets to enjoy this gift of nature in its most pristine, unadulterated form.

Plan To Develop Pong Dam For Tourism Opposed 
June 05, 2011 - The Tribune - www.tribuneindia.com
The first phase of the plan to develop the area near Pong Dam structure as a tourist destination, using the funds sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has drawn criticism from oustees living in the vicinity of the Pong Dam lake. They are sore at not being taken into confidence while chalking out the plan.

No Forcible Relocation At BRT' 
June 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, has said that no family will be forcibly relocated from the Biligiriranga Swamy Temple (BRT) wildlife sanctuary.

Eco-Tourism Guidelines Empower Local Communities 
June 04, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
All tourist facilities within five km of any protected area will be monitored by local communities to guard its environment and wildlife.

Will It Work Wonders? 
June 04, 2011 - The Times Of India Crest Edition - www.timescrest.com
Experts say there is a need to strictly regulate opening up of more natural reserves to tourism

Limit On Number Of Tourists In National Park 
June 03, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to new Ecotourism guidelines proposed by the Union Environment Ministry, state governments will now limit the number of tourists allowed inside national parks and sanctuaries in India, each day. Tourism will also be banned in the core areas of tiger reserves. The ministry has asked that tourism inside the wildlife zones be restricted to predetermined tourism zones. A site-specific Ecotourism plan for all wildlife parks would have to be prepared and finalized by the state governments by the end of the year and put in public domain.

Arunachal Pradesh To Implement Village Tourism Soon 
June 02, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Arunachal Pradesh Government will soon implement the concept of Village Tourism in the state, Prema Khandu, State Tourism Minister, Arunachal Pradesh said recently. According to a PTI report, Khandu, who was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Jarbom Gamlin Ministry on May 20, 2011 after the April 30, 2011 chopper crash in which his father Dorjee Khandu died, said he would work to fulfill his father's vision and mission to make Arunachal a developed state.

Medical Tourism A Good Option For NRIs To Save Costs 
June 01, 2011 - Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
South super star Rajnikanth flying to Singapore for treatment is the talking point these days. The reason to fly to a foreign country could have been better medical facilities, a friend's advice or just the comfort factor. The southern star's case was a classic case of emergency.

Sibal Emphasises The Role Of State Government For The Growth Of Tourism 
May 31, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
The Fourth conference of All India Council of Teachers Education (AICTE) on National Vocational Education Qualification Framework was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, to discuss the important aspects of Vocational education, qualification and the framework with emphasis on hospitality and tourism sector of the country. Addressing to the participants on the occasion the Minister said that State Governments should take active participation and frame legislation to make the tourism and hospitality sector more vibrant and growth oriented.

Villagers Stage Stir Against Resort Construction 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The villagers staged a protest against the proposed construction of a resort at peroor. Hundreds of acres of land has been allegedly purchased at Peroor to construct resorts.

Forest Ministry To Launch Special Scheme 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Forest Minister C H Vijayashankar said that with the objective of maintaining the ecosystem and increasing the forest area, the Forest Ministry will be launching a special scheme—Krishi Aranya Protsaha Yojane (Agriculture Forest Encouragement Scheme) wherein saplings will be distributed for the farmers and financial assistance will be given for the maintenance of the saplings for three years.

Draft Forest Policy Ambiguous On Mining 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Proposes to restrict activity in sensitive areas. The draft forest policy adopts an ambiguous stand on allowing mining in ecologically sensitive areas.

Sunderbans Absorbs 4 Cr Tonnes Carbon Dioxide 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Sunderbans forests play a vital role in protecting the world from the adverse affects of climate change, acting as a carbon sink and absorbing more than four crore tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a recent study has found.

Village Tourism To Be Popularised In Arunachal 
May 31, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The concept of village tourism as advocated by late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu would be implemented soon to make Arunachal Pradesh a favourite tourist destination of the country, the State Tourism Minister and Dorjee Khandu’s son Mr Pema Khandu said today.

Rampant Violation Of CRZ Norms Along Backwaters 
May 30, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board and the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority have expressed shock over the rapid expansion in construction activities along the Kochi backwaters in violation of the Environment Protection Act and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

The Paradise Unexplored In India 
May 30, 2011 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
In the extreme corner of India lies a land of eight sister states, inhabited by Mongolian stock. The region linked to the mainland by a narrow strip of land is bounded by five countries in the east. It is popularly referred to as the 'paradise unexplored' because of its pristine beauty, remoteness and inaccessibility. The inaccessible region nevertheless has airways of national courier and private jets, railways and road linkages including waterways. The local cuisines, hospitality and the cleanliness set the region far apart from the rest of the country particularly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Tribals Losing Livelihood Due To Land Acquisition Tirath 
May 30, 2011 - Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
As India prepares to host the biennial meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity, the Environment Ministry has prepared a set of guidelines to regulate tourism in ecologically fragile areas. The draft guidelines on eco-tourism is an attempt by the ministry to stem the tide of "eco-tourism" which has been to the detriment of the ecosystem and results in further alienation of the local people and communities.

Kochi Calling For Business Travellers 
May 30, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Investments in the hospitality sector in Kochi have risen as the city has transformed from a hub for commodity business to a tourist destination to, now, a centre for business conventions.

Ministry Of Tourism Undertakes Initiatives To Promote Adventure Tourism  
May 30, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The India government has stepped up efforts to position itself as an adventure tourism destination and is offering travellers a bouquet of experiences - from mountaineering to camping, rock climbing and river rafting. In a release, the Ministry of Tourism said recently that as mountaineering attracts a large number of foreign travellers, the Ministry is working with the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) to promote the sector.

Uttarakhand Government Begins Promoting Eco-Tourism 
May 30, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Uttarakhand government has started promoting eco-tourism as part of the ten-year 'Green India' plan. The eco-tourism wing of the Uttarakhand government has been created to promote eco-tourism activities especially in the forest areas of the state. The eco-tourism wing seeks to draft policies and provide funds for various eco-tourism projects and provide a framework for the promotion and development of eco-tourism in the state. The plan is divided into six to seven phases, according to an ANI report.

Scheme For Basistha Temple Facelift 
May 29, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
A prominent destination in the religious tourism circuit, the Basistha temple and its surrounding area will receive a facelift due to the initiative of Abhijatri, an all-Guwahati women’s organisation. The body has adopted a scheme for development and beautification of the southern part of the capital city covering the Basistha temple, the Basistha river and the surrounding hill areas of the temple.

27 SC ST Youth Get Tourist Taxis 
May 29, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
State government has allotted Rs 250 crore for tourism programmes in the budget for the year 2011-12 including Rs 10 crore for Udupi district as against the less budgetary allocation ranging from Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore during previous years, said Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya.

ASI Told To Involve People In Protecting Monuments 
May 28, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Culture minister Kumari Selja has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to launch a massive public awareness campaign and sensitize the citizens to the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains, Amendment and Validation (AMASRA) Act.

Goa Lifeguards Seek Legal Protection From Unruly Beach Crowd 
May 28, 2011 - Daijiworld - www.daijiworld.com
The lifeguards on Goa beaches have said that the assault by domestic tourists is on rise due to low protection provided to them under the law.

Goa Received 273 More Charter Flights This Tourism Season 
May 28, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
For the current tourist season which is drawing to a close, Goa received 273 charter flights more than the previous season, totalling nearly 900 flights with more than 50 % of the total charter tourists coming from Eastern Europe - Khazakistan and Russia. Announcing the statistics of charter tourism for the current season, the government on Friday said that a total of 899 charter flights carrying 1,71,178 travellers from 12 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October 2010.

Tourism Pressure On Kaziranga Park To Be Shifted From Core Area 
May 28, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The unimpeded growth of tourism around Kaziranga National Park would soon be shifted from the core area of this national park, according to a Times of India report. Sunit Banerji, Chairperson of the Committee on Forests, Environment and Eco-tourism under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests said recently.

Compulsory Social Responsibility 
May 28, 2011 - Business world - www.businessworld.in
Mocha should be spelt Moca, which is also the acronym for Ministry of Corporate Affairs. And India Inc. is discovering that both can keep you wide awake. Murli Deora’s ministry wants to propitiate a three-lettered divinity, CSR or corporate social responsibility.

Dutch Paedophile Given 10 years RI 
May 27, 2011 - Times of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
Wilhelmus Weijdeveld,a 58-year old Dutch national arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography in November 2009,was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment by a fast-track court here.This is probably the first case of arrest and conviction in the country under the amended Information Technology Act,2008.

Initiatives To Promote Adventure Tourism-2010 
May 27, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
As per the policy for the diversification of tourism product of India, special attention is being given for the development of Adventure Tourism in the country. The Ministry of Tourism has issued Guidelines for Approval of Adventure Tour Operators, which is a voluntary scheme, open to all bona fide adventure tour operators. The Ministry of Tourism has also formulated a set guideline on Safety and Quality Norms on Adventure Tourism as basic minimum standards for adventure tourism activities. These guidelines cover Land, Air and Water based activities which include mountaineering, trekking, hand gliding, paragliding, bungee jumping and river rafting.

Significant Growth In Tourism In Developing Economies UNWTO Report 
May 27, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Developing countries have seen significant growth in both the number of tourists visiting those nations and the amount of revenue generated from visitors over the past decade, according to data collected by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In many of those countries, tourism ranks in the top three categories for economic development; this demonstrates that travel can play a vital role in helping developing economies mature.

IIM-Shillong To Train Young Entrepreneurs 
May 27, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Ministry of Development of North East Region will sponsor a programme to develop managerial skill for young entrepreneurs of the region.

Let Govt Get Land For Pvt Firms NAC 
May 26, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The National Advisory Council chaired by Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday recommended state governments be allowed to acquire land for 'public purpose' projects — including those by private developers. It suggested that every land deal have the consent of 70% of the people who would be displaced. The conse nt of the remaining 30% would be taken for granted.

10 Adivasis Demand Their Land Back From Lavasa 
May 25, 2011 - DNA Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
The Pune district administration will issue notices to Lavasa Corporation Limited and others after 10 adivasi farmers on Tuesday staked their claim to get back their land which had been transferred to the Lavasa hill city project.

International Hotel Chains Target Temple Towns For Expansion 
May 25, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Several hotels including Golden Tulip Hospitality, Hyatt, Marriott, Carlson Hospitality, Starwood and Best Western, among others, are lining up properties at leading temple towns, as the number of the deeply devout and affluent grows by the day. Small temple towns such as Shirdi, Amritsar, Haridwar, Tirupati, Ajmer , Katra-Vaishnodevi, Madurai and Mathura, are quickly turning into goldmines for the hospitality trade, according to a report in The Economic Times.

Call Girls Heading To Mumbai After GoaTourist Season Ends 
May 24, 2011 - DNA Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
A large number of call girls plying their trade during the tourist season in Goa are now heading to the city as most shacks, cottages and small hotels on beaches will shut within a week’s time.

Gujarat, Centre Claim Credit For Multi-Crore Project 
May 24, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The function to lay foundation stone for the multi-crore tourism project at Kabirvad turned into war of words on Wednesday with both the state and Central governments claiming credit for the project. State tourism minister Jay Narayan Vyas claimed that it was the state government that mooted the proposal to develop Kabirvad-Shuklatirth as a tourism spot.

Mizoram Calls For Biodiversity Protection 
May 24, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
Mizoram Environment and Forest Minister H Rohluna today made a clarion call to protect the rich biodiversity and emphasised the need to translate the same into developmental venture.

Up-Market Tourism Could Be A Reality In Goa 
May 24, 2011 - Goa Newsonline - www.goanewsonline.com
Up-market tourism projects like a seven star floating hotel, eco-friendly hotels and marina could soon be a reality in the state with the Union Tourism Minister, Mr Subodh Kant Sahaye agreeing in principle to consider a few more projects under large revenue generating scheme of the Union government so as to upgrade the tourism infrastructure in the state.

Study Moots Bengaluru As Tourism Hub For Entire Southern Region 
May 23, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Given the centrality of new Bengaluru International Airport, Bengaluru can act as a hub for entire south zone for dissemination of tourists in the nearby states. Tourists can travel to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala from Bengaluru, said a Ficci-Yes Bank Study on developing India as A Year-round Travel Destination, according to a report in the Deccan Herald.

Tourism Hope In Forest Project 
May 23, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The foothills of this hilly rain-fed reserve forest may soon turn into a picturesque tourist destination as well as a farmers’ paradise, thanks to an ambitious rainwater-harvesting project initiated by the Jorhat DRDA.

Tourism is Not Just About Hornbill Festival 
May 23, 2011 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
It seems so that Nagas are trying to put their imprint on the world map. From experimenting with music to ballet to painting to photography and whatnot, Nagas are certainly pushing their artistic and intellectual capacities to reach to the outside world. But, what about the most obvious form of exposure? Tourism. Also with unemployment problem in Nagaland looming large, it is definitely wise to capitalize on tourism potentials to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. The jobs are created not only in transport, trade services but in hotels, food and beverage services, shopping and other spending done by tourists, providing a market for local craftsmen and other local manufacturers of consumer products.

Attention Called For Exotic Papu Valley 
May 23, 2011 - Sentinal Assam - www.sentinelassam.com
Expressing its displeasure at the State Government’s inattention towards the most exotic place in East Kameng district, the All Papu Valley Youth Welfare Association (APVYWA) demanded to declare Papu Valley as a tourist hotspot.

Kin Of MLA Builds A Rs 90-Cr Resort At Hampi Heritage Site 
May 23, 2011 - Bangalore Mirror - www.bangaloremirror.com
Lokayukta has been petitioned to look into allegations of land encroachment and construction by BJP MLA Anand Singh’s family in the ‘core area’ of the world heritage site, where all building activities are banned

Govt Taps ADB On Tourism 
May 22, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Dispur has sought help from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to improve tourism after the sector was accorded top priority by the new Congress government in the state.

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