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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.

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.

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.

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