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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.

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.

Gangtok Blueprints Await Feedback 
April 21, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
A group of architects in Sikkim is busy collecting feedbacks from residents of Gangtok on a bunch of public projects in the state capital.

KIOCL, JLR Mull Eco-Tourism Project in Kudremukh, Karnataka 
April 19, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India.com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Public sector unit Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL) and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited, a unit of government of Karnataka, will promote Eco-Tourism in Kudremukh, Karnataka. S Suresh Kumar, Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development, Karnataka, held discussions with the KIOCL management and the Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited recently  regarding the proposed joint venture project for promoting Eco-Tourism in Kudremukh.

MoT To Convene Series Of Meetings Of State Tourism Ministers On Regional Level journalists 
April 18, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will organise series of meetings of Tourism Ministers of different Indian states on a regional level this Financial Year to take stock of tourism related activities and assess the progress of various centrally funded tourism infrastructural projects in the states. The first in these series of meetings will held at Rishikesh on April 21, 2011 with Tourism Ministers of nine North Indian states participating in the meeting According to Ministry of Tourism sources, the Union Tourism Minister, Subodh Kant Sahay, along with senior officers of the central department will take part in the meeting.

Tourism To Get Boost With 11 Airstrips 
April 18, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
Work is in progress on minor airports at Shimoga, Gulbarga, Bijapur and Hassan on PPP basis.

Karnataka Recreating Its Own 'Goa Beach 
April 18, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nearly 300 km from Goa's southernmost beach of Agonda, Karnataka is in the process of recreating a "Goa beach" of its own.

Study Outlines Roadmap To Boost Health Tourism 
April 18, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
India needs to identify and develop circuits to cater to health tourists, says a new study. The Government should also offer tax breaks to hospitals to promote medical tourism, it recommends.

Tourism Central Grants Misutilised, Says CAG 
April 18, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
Even though development of tourism infrastructure is one of the priority areas of the State Government, Central grants of crores of rupees in this regard were misutilised last year.

French Envoy Shows Interest In NE Tourism 
April 17, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
France’s Consulate General Jean-Louisrysto has indicated at sending an Indo-France Business delegation to Tripura for extensive discussion on potential sectors.

Lavasas Journey Downhill 
April 15, 2011 - Down to Earth - www.downtoearth.org.in
Lavasa is called a hill station but does not offer the cool comfort of one. In May and June temperatures touch nearly 40°C— not an ideal summer getaway. In nearby Mahabaleshwar, temperatures rarely cross 35°C.

Madhya Pradesh Fast Emerging As Major Tourist Destination 
April 15, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
With Madhya Pradesh recently bagging three national awards in toursim sector besides registering 70 per cent growth in the inflow of visitors, the State is fast emerging as a major destination on the country's tourism map.

Improve Air Connectivity To Make India 365 Days Tourism Destination Study 
April 15, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
India should look at strategically marketing alternative tourism products in various States, create quality accommodation across all categories through out the country, develop tourism circuits on a hub-and-spoke model and enhance air connectivity to make the country a year around tourist destination.

Rs 225cr Boost For Tourism In Maharashtra Konkan Belt 
April 14, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Centre has released Rs 225 crore to the Maharashtra government for boosting tourism in the coastal belt. The amount has been disbursed on the recommendation of the finance commission and the state is among the first five in the country to have received such a massive aid. "We had submitted a comprehensive action plan for developing the Konkan region. Our proposal has been accepted and we have actually received the money. In fact, some of the projects have already been launched and we are determined to implement the entire plan in a time-bound period," said Chhagan Bhujbal, tourism and public works minister.

Nalasopara Stupa To Be Tourist Hotspot Soon 
April 14, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state, along with the Vasai-Virar municipal corporation is drawing up a proposal to restore and preserve a Buddhist stupa in Nalasopara (W). The stupa, which comes under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has been neglected for many years. The state plans to convert it into an international centre.

Survey Proposes Steps To Boost Tourism Sector 
April 14, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
To make India an attractive round-the-year tourist destination, the Government should take steps such as enhancing air and rail connectivity, strengthening hotel infrastructure and setting up of a skills development council for the sector.

France Scouts For Investment In North-East 
April 14, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
France is exploring the possibilities of investment in different sectors in North-East following the withdrawal of Restricted Area Permits (RAP), the Consul General of French consulate in Kolkata, Mr Jean-Louis Rysto, has said.

Challenging The Tourism Juggernaut 
April 13, 2011 - Infochange Agenda - infochangeagenda.org
Hotels and emporia have crowded out the fishworkers in Puri, in coastal Orissa. But the state has been deaf to the demand for land rights of fishing communities who have traditionally used the beaches to land their craft, dry their fish, etc. Who ‘owns’ the coast, and who has rights to it?

169 Rural Tourism Sites Sanctioned 
April 13, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
Ministry of Tourism has so far sanctioned 169 rural tourism sites in 28 states/Union Territories. The scheme of Rural tourism was started by the Ministry in 2002-03 with the objective of showcasing rural life, art, culture and heritage at rural locations and in villages, which have core competence in art and craft, handloom, and textiles as also an asset base in the natural environment. The intention is to benefit the local community economically and socially as well as enable interaction between tourists and local population for a mutually enriching experience. The promotion of village tourism is also aimed at generating revenue for the rural communities through tourist visitations.

Child Labour On The Rise 
April 12, 2011 - Deccan Chronicle - www.deccanchronicle.com
Anyone who visited Kerala a decade back would’ve found it extremely difficult to locate a child labourer even as some 250 kilometers away thousands of children toiled in the dirty knitting units of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu.

Schools Look To Sending Students On Play-and-Work Holidays 
April 12, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
If you find a bunch of talkative school kids sitting next to you on your next flight to Singapore or the US, don't be surprised. From April 1, Singapore Airline has launched School Contact programme in association with Tourism South Wales a contest for students studying in classes V to VIII in 40 schools across six cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

Low-Cost IT Training Boosts Education Tourism 
April 12, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Mr Wayne Nelson, an IT professional from Liverpool with 15 years of experience, has travelled to New Delhi for training and certification in Cisco systems. Mr Matus Vido of Slovakia and Mr Charles Burr of Virginia are also in town to get trained in similar IT systems by qualified Indian trainers.

Act on Paedophilia 
April 11, 2011 - India Today - indiatoday.intoday.in
The conviction of two British nationals, Duncan Grant and Allan Waters, for sexually abusing minor boys has underlined the need for a stringent law against sexual exploitation of children. Activists say that the provisions of Indian Penal Code are not stringent enough to book someone for sexually exploiting children.

Maharashtra Mulls Tiger Tourism 
April 11, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
The Maharashtra government is proposing to tag Nagpur as the 'tiger capital' of the state to gain more visitors as it gears up to promote the state on India's tourist map.

Eco-tourism Policy to Hard Sell Orissa 
April 11, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
In its bid to market the unique bio-diversity and ecological treasure of the State, the Government is readying an eco-tourism policy which will sell Brand Orissa in a sustainable manner.

Subodh Kant Sahay For Single Window Licensing To Hotel Industry 
April 09, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Union Tourism Minister Mr Subodh Kant Sahay on Saturday asked all the states to implement the single window licensing policy for the hotel industry as part of the tourism promotion initiatives.

State Fully Empowered To Notify Eelephant Corridor: High Court 
April 08, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Madras High Court on Thursday said the Tamil Nadu government is fully empowered to notify the ‘Elephant Corridor' in The Nilgiris District as a management strategy.

Helping the Indian Tourism Industry Go Green! 
April 08, 2011 - WWF - www.wwfindia.org
WWF-India and the Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) organised a two-day training workshop on the theme of ‘Practising Responsible Tourism’ on April 6 and 7, in Jammu, J&K. It was strongly supported by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department and the Pacific Asia Travel Association –India (PATA).

Tourist traffic up, but hotels capacity down 
April 07, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
Despite an increase in the inflow of tourists to the State last year, the hotels have failed to add to the existing capacity to cater to the rising demand.

New Tourism Circuit On The Cards 
April 07, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
The ruins of the fort in Devanahalli you often wonder about on your way to the airport will soon have a new look and be a part of the Chickballapur tour circuit.

Elections spell boom for tourism in Darjeeling 
April 07, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The West Bengal Assembly elections and the presence of central police forces have made tourists, both domestic and foreign, flock in droves to the scenic greenery of Darjeeling, giving a much-needed boost to its tourism industry.

Sail to Maldives, Goa in style 
April 06, 2011 - The Times of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Panambur beach will soon be the most happening spot in the district, from a fun point of view. Initiatives taken by the Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project will not only enable people to spend their weekends on the beach from April 23, but also give one a perfect opportunity to undertake a cruise on board a luxury yacht that the project authorities acquired from Maldives in October.

Goa To Host International Rock Shows To Woo Visitors 
April 06, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Goa tourism department has decided to host international rock shows by high profile artistes like Shakira or Bryan Adams to attract more tourists to the beach destination from this year onwards.

Nabard Keen To Fund Village Tourism Plan 
April 05, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
For the little-known tribal village of Janumdih, the status of an exotic weekend getaway is close at hand.

It's Destination Goa Fortourists From East Europe 
April 04, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Goa tourism industry has recorded substantial increase in the tourist arrivals through chartered flights from Eastern Europe in the current season

Agri Tourism Gets Farmers Extra Dough 
April 03, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
Sunil Mankikar, a farmer in Wardha district of Maharashtra, earned Rs 27 lakh last year only through agri tourism. Farmers are increasingly taking up agri tourism, along with farming, to increase their income. They are now building cottages on their farms and keeping these open for guests who want to experience rural life.

Foreigners Descend On Hampi-Aihole 
April 03, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Coast & coffee as opposed to hard rock & heritage. That's exactly how tourist inflow is divided between locals and foreigners travelling in Karnataka.

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