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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.

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.

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.

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