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Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017

Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra

Corporatising Tourism in Manipur 
April 10, 2017
The Government of Manipur in its endeavour to provide job opportunities and overall progress in the State
Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 
February 16, 2017
This report explores the inter-linkages between three areas: children, tourism and migration
‘It’s Time Tourism Industry Took Difficult Decisions To Stay Responsible And Sustainable: Experts' 
January 23, 2017

Tourism industry experts, industry watchers and advocates of responsible and sustainable tourism...

Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa 
April 01, 2016
Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa

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.

Land Allotment To Eco-Tourism Projects A Scam 
May 22, 2011 - The Tribune - www.tribuneindia.com
The allotment of forest land to private parties for the 10 eco-tourism projects in violation of the Forest Conservation Act and state’s own policy is turning out to be a major scam with startling ambiguities and shortcomings in the “Memorandum of Agreement” in which even the total allotted area, leave aside the details of land as per the revenue records, has not been specified.

ADB May Aid State Tourism Projects 
May 22, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
Tourism in Assam is set to get a boost with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) likely to include the State in its financial assistance programme for tourism infrastructure development.

New Wildlife Policy Wont Harm Tourism 
May 21, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
While the stress of the Centre’s policy vis-à-vis tourism in protected forests and tiger reserves is on shifting the focus to the buffer zones from the core areas, yet it should not be construed as effecting a total ban on tourist footfall in the core zones.

Grasslands in Western Ghats Diverted For Resort Construction 
May 20, 2011 - Down to Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
In Chikkamagalur district of Karnataka, a high-end resort is coming up in the pristine shola-grassland ecosystem of the Bababudan mountains. This 120 room, five-star luxury resort is being built by Brigade Group of builders in the little-known village of Arasinaguppe. The venture is in association with international hotel chains, The Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and Angsana Resorts and Spa, Singapore. Fourteen hectares of prime habitat has been diverted for the construction. The argument–grasslands are not forest, and the land is not under protected status.kkamagalur district of Karnataka, a high-end resort is

Green Hotels And Marinas May Soon Find A Place In Goa 
May 20, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Green hotels and marinas could soon be a common sight in Goa. Nilkankth Halarnkar, Tourism Minister, Govt of Goa has requested Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister for Tourism to sanction more tourism projects for the state, including marinas and eco-friendly hotels.

Madhya Pradesh Eco-tourism Development Board To Launch A New Cruise In Tawa River 
May 19, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In order to promote water-based tourism in Madhya Pradesh, the Madhya Pradesh Eco-tourism Development Board (MPEDB) has procured a new cruise boat with a capacity of 10 passengers, which, according to MPEDB sources, will be deployed for cruising in Tawa river. The Board is likely to commence this cruise in the first week of June 2011.

NAC For Repealing Of 1894 Land Act 
May 19, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Even as the government gets ready to circulate the cabinet note on amendments to the land acquisition act, the apex advisory body of the country has proposed repealing of the 1894 act. A working group of National Advisory Council (NAC) has proposed a National Development, Acquisition Displacement an d Rehabilitation Act in place of the two separate bills on land acquisition and rehabilitation that the government is set to introduce in monsoon session of Parliament.

Perambalur Declared Child Labour Free District 
May 19, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The district has been declared child labour free in respect of hazardous and non-hazardous employment both in organised and unorganised sectors, Collector M.Vijayakumar told The Hindu.

Rs 1.55-cr NEC Grant For Tourism Programme 
May 19, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The North Eastern Council (NEC) has sanctioned Rs 1.55 crore, as grant-in-aid for two six-month full time certificate programme in Tourism and Hospitality Management for the people of the North Eastern region. A sum of Rs 64 lakh has been released.

World Bank Approves $23.5 Million Biodiversity Grant For India 
May 19, 2011 - DNA Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
The World Bank on Thursday approved a $15.36 million credit and $8.14 million grant for a project to conserve high-value forest areas while improving the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in India.

Gujarat Forest Dept Bans Setting Up New Hotels Near Gir National Park 
May 18, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India.com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Hoteliers eyeing business opportunities around the Gir National Park in Gujarat ought to start looking for options elsewhere, as the Forests & Environment Department, Gujarat, has banned setting up new hotels within a two kilometre radius of the sanctuary.

India, Uzbekistan Sign 34 Pacts 
May 18, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
India and Uzbekistan, the energy-rich Central Asian nation, Wednesday signed 34 pacts in diverse areas, including pharmaceuticals and hydrocarbons, and agreed to cooperate closely in stabilising Afghanistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Uzbek President Islam Abduganievich Karimov, who is here on a two-day visit, on a wide range of issues, including economic ties and closer cooperation in areas ranging from education, health and human resource development to energy, science and technology, tourism and culture.

KB Ganesh Kumar Appointed Minister Of Tourism For Kerala 
May 18, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Cine-star-turned-politician, KB Ganesh Kumar is the new Minister of Tourism, Govt of Kerala. A third-time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Pathanapuram in Quilon District, Ganesh Kumar was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the newly formed United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala today.

SEZ Before Ecology! 
May 18, 2011 - Mid Day - www.mid-day.com
MiD DAY investigations reveal that a loophole in the law which gives preference to special economic zones over environmental laws has allowed commercial hub in Mulund.

Subodh Kant Sahay Stresses Need To Strengthen Domestic Tourism 
May 18, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Stressing the need to strengthen domestic tourism, Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister for Tourism, Govt of India recently said that he would write to the Chief Ministers of different states about preparing blueprints for development of the Travel and Tourism sector in their jurisdictions after laying the foundation stone for a Rs 50 crore  mega-circuit project at Kabirvad, Vadodara in Gujarat according to a PTI report. "I will also request trade and industrial bodies in the states to help the state governments in preparing such blue prints," Sahay added

US To Promote Sikkim As An Eco-Tourism Destination 
May 18, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The US will promote Sikkim as a popular eco-tourism destination among Americans, Jack F Pan,  Vice Consul, US said recently, according to a PTI report."USA can help Sikkim in capacity building of tourist guides," Pan told reporters here.

Travel Industry Looks To BIC For Boom 
May 18, 2011 - The Financial Express - www.financialexpress.com
Brazil, India and China (BRIC without Russia) are poised to fuel an explosion in international tourism in the coming years, showering money and jobs on countries ready for it, and trouble for those that aren't, industry leaders say.

Ranthambore Saga Have Money, See Tiger 
May 16, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A generous tip to Ranthambore national park's tourist guide can ensure tiger spotting. Larger the tip, or even a promise of tip, brighter are the chances of spotting a tiger or two, said a source.

Tourism Industry Takes Up Service Tax Issue With Commerce Ministry 
May 16, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In light of Finance Minister’s  decision of not reviewing the Service Tax element introduced in this year’s budget, the hotels and tourism stakeholders have started pondering ways to get the burden of Service Tax lessened to a certain extent.  Tourism stakeholders, especially, the hoteliers through World Travel & Tourism Council India Initiative (WTTCII) have approached  Ministry of Commerce to invoke the exemptions granted to exporters for travel and tourism industry as well to avail exemption in this regard.

Impact of Tourism Industry In NE States Discussed 
May 15, 2011 - E-Pao - www.e-pao.net
A one-day discussion was held in Imphal on Friday under the aegis of North East People's Alliance (NEPA) on the social, economic, cultural and political impact on local Northeast communities, particularly in Manipur, by the policy of government's tourism industry.

Chopper Tourism To Lift Off In Goa With Six Helipads 
May 15, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A helipad alongside Panaji's Mandovi bridge and five more across the state, including at Colva and Old Goa, are set to launch helicopter tourism in Goa.Tourism director Swapnil Naik said the project-mooted unsuccessfully twice before-is banking on ` 3 crore funding from the state and central governments.

Locals Oppose Tiracol Golf Course 
May 13, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Opposing the golf course proposed to come up at Tiracaol, villagers on Thursday submitted a presentation to the director of tourism not to go ahead with the project.

Subodh Kant Sahay To Seek PM Manmohan Singh's Intervention For Tourism Boost 
May 13, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of Tourism, Govt of India will seek Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to ensure development of the tourism sector in the country in a coordinated manner with the involvement of all ministries concerned, according to a PTI report. "The Minister along with a delegation of stakeholders in tourism will meet the PM shortly to seek his intervention to give a boost to tourism sector in the country," said sources close to Sahay. All stakeholders of tourism, including hoteliers and tour operators, will be part of the delegation.

Urban Professionals Are Paying Money To Milk Cows On Raigad Farms 
May 12, 2011 - Time Out Mumbai - www.timeoutmumbai.net
Many city-dwellers spend hours ploughing virtual fields and harvesting pixelated crops on Facebook’s popular game FarmVille. Farm owner Hemant Chhabra targets this audience on his Facebook page advertising his farm, Hide Out, as a tourist destination, or “The real FarmVille”. At Hide Out, a five-acre organic farm located in a tribal hamlet in Thane district, city folks pay between `1,500 and `2,000 a night to sow seeds and dehusk rice. They can stay in a mud or brick house or an eco-cottage. The most popular activity, Chhabra said, is drawing water from the well and pouring it over one’s head. Saguna Baug, a similar venture in Raigad district, even offers water buffalo rides to tourists.

Centre Sanctions Rs 43 Crore For Mega Tourism Project For Panaji 
May 10, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Expansion of the Santa Monica jetty, three bus parking lots, including a multi-storeyed parking for boat-cruise tourists' vehicles and a tourist information plaza in Panaji are some of the features of an ambitious tourism mega project planned by the Goa government, according to a Times of India report. The central government has already sanctioned 43 crore for the project. The mega project also includes the construction of about 15 interpretation centres all over North Goa in addition to the 7.47 crore tourism package for the development of Old Goa.

Royal Bhutan Tourism Council To Promote Tourism In Bihar 
May 10, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India.com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Bhutan is keen to sign a joint pact with Bihar to promote tourism in its Buddhist circles. According to an IANS report, an official of the Bihar delegation, which accompanied Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar on a three-day visit to Bhutan, said officials of both sides discussed launching of joint avenues to promote tourism. Nitish Kumar was invited by Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jigme Thinley, Prime Minister, Bhutan.

Goa On Course To Get Two Golf Courses 
May 08, 2011 - News One - www.inewsone.com
In a bid to attract high-spending tourists to the state, the Goa tourism department is considering the development of two full-fledged golf courses in north Goa, a top official said.

Tourism Dept Reinvents The Failed Wheel 
May 08, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Karnataka State Tourism Department seems to have not learnt any lesson from its failed tryst with horse-drawn carriages for sight seeing in Hampi.

Karnataka Tourism Focussing On Hygiene At Tourist Spots 
May 05, 2011 - DNA Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Tourists visiting Karnataka and looking forward to clean, well-maintained monuments, smooth stay and a good travel experience have to wait a while. The tourism department is giving finishing touches to its strategy to put the state among the top two destinations of the country.

Forest Rules For Resorts 
May 05, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The state forest department will not allow any new resort or hotel, private or government, to come up within a 10km radius of any wildlife sanctuary or national park once the surrounding areas are notified as eco-sensitive or fragile zones.

Child Labour In Udupi 
May 04, 2011 - Bellevision.Com - www.bellevision.com
Udupi is popular as one of the intelligent District, but in the hot sun it is the children who collect the parking fee here. It can be seen that the young boys are employed by the contractors who are running the parking which is taken on contract from the Municipality, thus violating the child labour protection law.

Heli-Hop North Karnataka In A Day 
May 04, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The much vaunted heli-tourism project of the state government is likely to be reality soon.

Goa Forest Policy For Strengthening Eco-Tourism Initiatives 
May 04, 2011 - IBN Live - www.ibnlive.in.com
Goa government's forest policy aims to boost eco-tourism initiatives in the state to meet the requirements of tourists.

Nagaland CM Inaugurates Tourist Destination At Meluri 
May 03, 2011 - Sentinelassam - www.sentinelassam.com
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio laid the foundation stone of an integrated tourist destination and eco-adventure site at Tizu river in Meluri on Saturday last. Official sources here today informing the gathering said, Rio stated that the present government is giving a special emphasis for developing backward areas of the state. He said the area under Meluri subdivision is very rich in minerals and natural resources and if it is properly developed then it could be a source of tourist attraction and the mineral can be exported to neighbouring Myanmar to uplift the economy.

Tourism Master Plan On The Drawing Board 
May 02, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aiming to enhance tourism's contribution in the state's economy, a 20-year master plan, coupled with a multi-pronged strategy for employment and income generation, is being drawn up, officials here disclosed.

A Corridor For Elephants Or Land Sharks? 
April 30, 2011 - Tehelka Magazine - www.tehelka.com
The government says this area in A Raja’s constituency should be an elephant corridor. But experts disagree, reports Imran Khan

Leading Hotels Bags Bid To Develop Golf Course In Goa 
April 30, 2011 - DNA Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Leading Hotels Private Limited has won the bid to develop and run a golf course in Goa by other players like DLF and Oxford Properties, which were in fray for the prestigious state government promoted tourism initiative.

Governor Seeks NERCPA Strategy For NE Tourism 
April 29, 2011 - Sentinelassam - www.sentinelassam.com
Striking a cord Governor Gen JJ Singh today urged the North East Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) to evolve a common strategy to enhance regional tourism through tourist packages involving all States of the region. He was addressing the closing function of the 13th annual conference of the association here today, an official statement said.

25 Ecologically Sensitive Areas Identified 
April 28, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Twenty-five ecologically sensitive areas (ESA) have been identified in the State by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP).

Child Labour Govt Asked To Take Penal Steps Against Employers 
April 27, 2011 - IBN Live - www.ibnlive.in.com
The city government was today ordered by the Delhi High Court to initiate stringent penal measures against factories, restaurants and other establishments employing child labourers.

Rise In Wildlife Tourism In India Comes With Challenges 
April 27, 2011 - Mongabay.com - www.news.mongabay.com
A line of tourist jeeps clogs the road in a dry forest, as all eyes—and cameras—are on a big cat ambling along the road ahead; when the striped predator turns for a moment to face the tourists, voices hush and cameras flash: this is a scene that over the past decade has becoming increasingly common in India. A new study in Conservation Letters surveyed ten national parks in India and found that attendance had increased on average 14.9% from 2002-2006, but while rising nature tourism in India comes with education and awareness opportunities, it also brings problems.

Tourism Project Foundation Laid at Tara Tarini 
April 27, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a whirlwind tour of Ganjam district on Tuesday laid foundation stones for a number of projects.

CAG Faults MTDC For Not Developing Tourist Facilities 
April 26, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has come in for criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for failing to develop tourist facilities in the State.

Institute of Hotel Management in Dimapur Soon 
April 25, 2011 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
Nagaland will soon be added with another Educational institution under the initiative of Tourism department, Institute of Hotel Management in Dimapur, which is expected to begin this summer June or July facilitating the Naga youths to acquire the knowledge at cheaper cost, also will get trained in various managerial sectors. This was disclosed by Parliamentary secretary, Tourism, Law & Justice Yitachu during the inauguration of Mini Tourist Lodge at Pfutsero this morning, managed by Chakhesang Women Welfare Society (CWWS).

Post-KIOCL, Bhadra Takes A New Birth 
April 25, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The KIOCL stopped mining operations in 2008, following a Supreme Court order. Wildlife experts, who spoke to a few farmers downstream, found that the changes were already visible.

MTDC Slammed For Poor Management, Marketing 
April 24, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, with prime plots in some of the best tourist destinations in the state, has failed to cash in on them due to poor management, deficient marketing skills and ad hoc decisions, an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found. A s a result, the report states, the MTDC’s overall tourist share over the past five years has dropped — from an already measly 1.19 per cent in 2005-06 to 0.80 per cent in 2009-10.

Cash in on 100% FDI in Seaplane Ops 
April 23, 2011 - Finance Buzz - express.com
Aiming for an operation of 100 seaplanes in the country over the next 10 years, India on Friday asked the foreign operators to avail the 100 per cent foreign direct investment in seaplanes.

A Slice Of Paradise For Rs. 8.5 Crore 
April 22, 2011 - NDTV - www.ndtv.com
Looking for a holiday home along the best beaches of Asia in Haverlock Islands? You may have to cough up Rs. 8.5 crore per acre for a prized possession in the tourist hotspot in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. And if you are willing to own a property in Port Blair, the capital of the "veritable Garden of Eden", as the tourism department of the union territory terms it, you may have to pay a little less -- Rs. 3.5 crore per acre. According to real estate experts, the union territory's proximity with hot tourist destinations such as Thailand may help attract prospective buyers in hoards.

Hospitality Groups Ink Pact With Jharkhand Govt To Set Up Hotels 
April 21, 2011 - Express Travel World - www.expresstravelworld.com
In a major development, the Arjun Munda Government in Jharkhand recently bagged investment proposals worth Rs. 4,150 crore and received another 20 offers pegged at Rs. 74,931.83 crore. Out of the investment proposals, hospitality projects comprise a major chunk.

Boys Don't Cry 
April 21, 2011 - The Alternative - www.thealternative.in
Even as awareness about Child Sex Abuse grows, male child abuse is still seen as non-existent. It defies the patriarchal logic of Indian society.

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