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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.

Responsible Tourism Drive in NE To Influence Govts 
April 02, 2011 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
An NGO from Shillong, Meghalaya is to organize consultations on Responsible Tourism in the state of Nagaland on April 19, 2011. Impulse NGO Network of Shillong is organizing the event in collaboration with its state partners, Community Educational Centre Society and Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre supported by UNGIFT (UNODC). The venue of the event would be announced later.

Sensible Tourism Policy is Need Of The Hour 
April 01, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The move to get Nagpur declared as Tiger Capital is no doubt laudable and will definitely bring in more tourists, which will translate into more money and jobs. However, the questions are: Will this move benefit the tiger? Will this be useful to tiger reserves in Maharashtra?

April 01, 2011 - Times of India epaper - epaper.timesofindia.com
The new tiger estimates are out. So are the disputes that surface when the country’s top tiger experts discuss how to save the enigmatic striped cat in the wild.

ECO LOGIC BY SUNITA NARAIN - Lock-in security wont work, co-opt the cats neighbours To Deliver, Conservation Must Work For The People In Tiger Forests 
April 01, 2011 - Times of India epaper - epaper.timesofindia.com
Tiger numbers are up, says a jubilant government. It puts the ‘statistically reliable estimate’ at 1,706 – up from 1,411 a few years ago. But does this head count mean that our strategy for tiger conservation is working?

Crackdown On Reclamation Of Fields 
April 01, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Chief Secretary P. Prabhakaran has directed District Collectors to initiate action to check the recent spurt in reclamation of wetlands and paddy fields, destruction of mangroves and other violations of environmental regulations like illegal sand-mining and extraction of soil.

New Airport At Jhansi To Boost Tourism 
April 01, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The Uttar Pradesh government plans to build a new airport in Jhansi district, aiming to promote the Jhansi, Khajuraho and Gwalior tourist circuit.

Govt Under Fire Over Eco-Tourism Commercial Endeavours Being Allowed In Forests: Cong 
March 31, 2011 - The Tribune - www.tribuneindia.com
The government came under fire in the Vidhan Sabha for allowing commercial endeavours in forests in the name of eco-tourism to benefit favoured private parties in blatant violation of the Forest Conservation Act (FCA).

'Activities At Goa Casinos Leading To Rise In Abortions' 
March 31, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Manohar Parrikar (BJP) on Thursday claimed that "activities" at off-shore casinos were resulting in the rising number of abortions in the city.

Bill to Regulate Uncontrolled Eco-tourism Activities 
March 30, 2011 - O Herald - oheraldo.in
The State Government today introduced the ‘Goa Registration of Tourist Trade (Amendment) Bill 2011’ to regulate the uncontrolled water sports and eco-tourism activities in the State.

Haulage Charges, A Red Signal For Rail Tourism 
March 30, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
To launch deluxe products, priced at Rs 5,000-10,000 a day, tour operators want the Railway Ministry to reduce the haulage charges by at least a third.

MP, Sikkim Adjudged Best Tourism States 
March 29, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
For the National Tourism Awards, Madhya Pradesh and Sikkim have once again been adjudged as the best states in terms of tourist-related infrastructure and for running successful tourism programmes.

Tourists Can Visit Rala Mandal Sanctuary By Bicycles 
March 29, 2011 - Central Chronicle - www.centralchronicle.com
Now tourists can assimilate into natural environment on bicycle ride in Ralamandal Sanctuary in Indore city. Forest Minister Sartaj Singh will inaugurate this bicycling initiative on March 30, at 10 am.

Eco-Tourism Changing State Rural Economy 
March 28, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The concept of eco-tourism which has found favour especially with the enterprising youth of the State is gradually changing rural economy, with many educated boys and girls getting involved with such tourism projects.

Tourism Minister Calls for Enhanced Focus on Rural Tourism 
March 28, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
The Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has called for enhanced focus on Rural Tourism. Presenting the National Tourism Awards for 2009-10 here today he said that the Ministry of Tourism will carry out an audit of its Rural Tourism Projects to ensure that this important initiative is not lost. He said that Rural Tourism while providing a varied and vivid experience can also expose the visitors to different ways to live life.

1636 Wild Tiger Estimation of Tiger Census-2010 
March 28, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
The latest Tiger Census in India puts estimated tiger population in the country at 1636. Announcing this here today, Shri Jairam Ramesh said that close to 30% of the estimated tiger population, it is outside the 39 Tiger Reserves. We do not have complete strategies to deal with this.” There is a considerable rise in southern states where Karnataka shows highest figures of 320 estimated tiger.

Jairam Stops Eco-Tourism Project In Andhra 
March 28, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The Environment Ministry has stopped an ambitious project to construct a hotel, a multiplex and a convention centre in a reserve forest area of Hyderabad under the garb of promoting eco-tourism, citing serious violations of project conditions.

Japan Quake To Hit Tourist Inflow 
March 26, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
The recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan is likely to hit the tourism industry in Orissa. Around 3500 Japanese tourists visit the state, particularly the Buddhist sites, every year.

Karwar Mangrove First To Get Pavitra Vana Status 
March 26, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
The mangrove forest on a tiny island in Kali river estuary, a few metres away from the Kali bridge here, will be declared ‘Pavitra vana’ (sacred forest) by the Forest Department soon. This will be the first mangrove forest in the state to have this status, DCF R Gokul of Karwar forest division said.

Hill Tourist Vehicles Threaten To Stop Sikkim Trips 
March 25, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Transporters in Darjeeling have threatened to stop operating tourist vehicles to Sikkim from March 28, if an alleged discriminatory agreement between the Bengal and Sikkim governments is not amended to accommodate their interests.

Bill Restricting Entry Of Locals In Casinos Introduced 
March 25, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Two bills proposed by opposition leader Manohar Parrikar, one, seeking to restrict Goans from entering casinos, and the other seeking changes to Town and Country Planning Act, were introduced in the Goa legislative assembly on Friday.

Health Dept To Inspect Massage Parlours 
March 25, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The Health Department will conduct inspection of massage parlours operating in the State and allow them month’s time to register with the department. The list will be then forwarded to the Police Department.

Every Week A Foreign Tourist Dies In Goa 
March 25, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
On an average, one foreign tourist died per week over the last three years in Goa. Of the 161 deaths, the cause of death in 53 cases is not known as the histopathology examination and chemical analysis report of the victim's viscera has not yet been received.

MoT grants Rs 5 Crore For Tourism Development In Bundelkhand 
March 25, 2011 - Hospitality Biz India.com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Tourism in Bundelkhand, the region divided between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, with the larger portion lying in the latter, will get a boost, with the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) granting Rs five crore for the tourist circuit development.

Arunachal Pradesh Plans Tourism Marketing Board 
March 24, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
A tourism marketing board for Arunachal Pradesh is in the offing for which the department has sought Rs one crore from the Government, the State Tourism Minister, Mr Jarbom Gamlin, informed the Assembly today.

Three Five-Star Hotels On PPP Mode Likely In Goa 
March 23, 2011 - Sify Finance - www.sify.com
Setting up of three five-star hotels in coastal beach resorts via public private partnership model (PPP) tops the agenda of the Goa government, according to official documents tabled during the budget session of the state assembly Wednesday.

Delhi High Court Orders Crackdown On Child Labour 
March 23, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The familiar sight of children slogging at roadside eateries, vehicle workshops, scrap industries and power looms in Delhi will hopefully be a thing of the past. The Delhi high court has ordered a crackdown against deployment of child labourers in the capital and directed the Centre to coordinate with all authorities in this regard.

Kerala Plans New Schemes To Woo Tourists From Untapped Markets 
March 23, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Kerala Tourism plans a slew of initiatives to attract tourists from untapped markets across the country, laying special thrust on Tier II ad III cities.

Pride and Prejudice 
March 22, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
CONSERVATION in India, the tiger has dominated the wildlife conservation discourse for far too long. Its dominance has been so pronounced that even equally charismatic species have not got the attention due to them. Amongst this somewhat neglected lot is the Asiatic lion, writes Ravi Chellam, who has observed lions on several occasions and spent hundreds of hours following and learning from them.

Tourism Gives New Life To Thotti Mane 
March 21, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
The palace city of Mysore has been a popular tourist destination in southern Karnataka for many reasons.

Pilgrimage Tourism Remains Untapped 
March 21, 2011 - Express Buzz - www.expressbuzz.com
The tourist inflow to Orissa for the purpose of pilgrimage is very marginal. According to a confidential survey done by a market research agency, of every 100 tourists visited, only two come to Orissa on pilgrimage.

BMC To Clean Up Dhobi Ghat, Have Facilities For Tourists 
March 21, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The iconic Dhobi Ghat in Mahalaxmi, a popular tourist spot for foreigners visiting Mumbai, will soon don a new look. While the civic administration has begun the revamp of the century-old washing and drying area spread over a 23-acre plot to provide better facilities for the launderers, the BMC is also planning to build a viewing gallery for tourists in the second phase of restoration.

Acquittal of Britons in Paedophilia Case Quashed 
March 19, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Supreme Court on Friday restored the conviction and sentence of six-year rigorous imprisonment imposed on two British nationals who were acquitted by the Bombay High Court in a paedophilia case.

Horse Buggies Will Not Come To Tourist Spots 
March 18, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
MCD forced to scrap proposal to allow horse carriages after protests from animal lovers

Special Law, Commission For Casinos 
March 18, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Casino operations in Goa will now be governed by a special regulation and a gaming commission, chief minister Digambar Kamat said in his budget speech.

More Arrests Likely in Pedophile Raid 
March 17, 2011 - The New York Times - www.nytimes.com
When international police teams revealed this week what they described as the biggest online pedophile network uncovered so far, the numbers were staggering: 670 suspects, 230 rescued children and 184 arrests across 30 countries.

Casino Sewage Dumping In Mandovi Rocks House 
March 17, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The issue of cruise vessels and casino boats dumping their sewage into the Mandovi river and many casino boats operating without NOCs once again rocked the Goa legislative Assembly on the opening day on Wednesday.

Goa Records A High Number Of Tourist Arrivals In 2010 
March 16, 2011 - Express Travel World - www.expresstravelworld.com
Goa has recorded a high number of tourist arrivals with over 26 lakh travellers visiting Goa in 2010. The year saw a 17 per cent increase in foreign tourist visits and a 3.5 per cent increase in domestic tourist visits over 2009.

Boom Time For Kochi Tourism 
March 15, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
The efforts of the Tourism Department to attract more tourists to the state seems to be bearing fruit. The flow of tourists to Kochi has remained consistent despite the peak tourism season coming to an end.

Proposals Sent to Centre For Developing MP's Jungles 
March 15, 2011 - Central Chronicle - www.centralchronicle.com
Madhya Pradesh Forests Minister Sartaj Singh today informed the Assembly that proposals had been sent to the Centre for developing jungles in six districts through public-private partnership.

Tourist Arrivals Dip In MP 
March 13, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
There has been a sharp decline in the number of tourists, both foreign and domestic, visiting Madhya Pradesh.

Discrimination against Indians in India? 
March 12, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
The Bolgatty Palace in Kochi is a historically important tourist spot for foreigners coming to Kerala. Mind you, only for the foreigners!

Global Player May Be Roped In For Shamuka Tourism Project 
March 10, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
In a shot in the arm for the Shamuka beach tourism project, the Washington State India Trade Relations Committee (WASITRAC) is making efforts to rope in a globally reputed player to act as the master developer for the project.

Tourism Opportunities In Indira Sagar 
March 10, 2011 - Central Chronicle - www.centralchronicle.com
The state government has decided to develop tourism in Indira Sagar Dam, the biggest man-made lake in the country. As per directive of the state government, preparations have been completed for development of the islets in the dam. The land of the Islets has been transferred to the tourism department and the development works would start soon. Now Khandwa district will shine in the sky of national tourism. The resort will be constructed by the tourism department at a cost of Rs 15 crore.

Rs 5 cr to make heritage sites differently-abled-friendly 
March 09, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Almost a decade after leading theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s visit here brought the spotlight on the issue of accessibility in the country, the Government on Tuesday for the first time allocated funds to make the important heritage sites disabled-friendly.

Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism 
March 09, 2011 - eTurboNews - www.eturbonews.com
Messe Berlin, the organizer of ITB Berlin, has said “children represent our future.” For this, Messe Berlin is heralding its campaign “for the protection of children’s rights" at this year's edition of ITB Berlin.

Tourism stares at losses - Forest strike from March 16 to 23 
March 08, 2011 - www.telegraphindia.com
Dooars tourism is set to go through another phase of crisis with forest watchers deciding to go on strike from March 16 to 23 to press for a hike in wages.

Shamuka Tourism Project Hits Land Acquisition Roadblock 
March 08, 2011 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
The Rs 3500-crore Shamuka tourism project billed as the showpiece project of the Orissa government, has hit a major roadblock with the Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Orissa (Idco) yet to transfer even a single acre of land to the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) for executing the project.

Eco-sensitive areas of Western Ghats to be prioritised 
March 07, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The ecologically sensitive areas of Western Ghats, the hill range of which starts near the Maharashtra-Gujarat border running to nearly 1600 km along the States of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and ending at Kanyakumari, will be prioritised into five categories based on richness of biodiversity and other ecological factors.

Worship cum luxury 
March 07, 2011 - Hindustan Times Travel - travel.hindustantimes.com
The religious destinations are no longer just places of worship. The tourism industry is realising the vast untapped potential of religious spots as the new destination of choice. And if one was to say that religious tourism in the country has taken a new dimension with the coming up of luxury hotels in religious destinations across the country, then it won't be an exaggeration.

Heritage hotel eye on French connection - Team including Neemrana co-chairman scouts for Chandernagore properties to restore 
March 07, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Tourists headed for Bengal may soon be able to sample the signature Neemrana brand of heritage and hospitality in Bengal’s French connection: Chandernagore.

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