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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.

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.

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.

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