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TOURISM IN THE NEWS

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.


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Karnataka tourism dept all set to welcome domestic tourists this season 
March 02, 2011 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Following a good response from international tourists this year in the wake of various festivals like Hampi Utsav, the state tourism department is now all geared up to woo tourists in the domestic season as well.



Keep Sunderbans biosphere out of CRZ 
March 02, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Less than two months into the new Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011, the West Bengal government is pressing for the first amendment to exclude most of the Sunderbans from the classification CRZ-I to enable developmental activity in the region. The last CRZ notification in 1991 had undergone 25 amendments in 20 years.



Bandipur villa plan halted 
March 02, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
No villas or cottages will be allowed to come up anywhere near the boundary of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. After a report of a compound wall of a private resort coming up very close to the reserve was published in The Times of India ‘Resort edges into tigers’ turf, (february 28, 2010) principal secretary, Kaushik Mukherjee told TOI that he will pull the curtains down on the project as they do not have the necessary environmental clearance.



Now, yr-round Char Dham Yatra 
March 02, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Now you don’t have to wait till summer to get an audience from God in his heavenly abode. In an effort to promote religious tourism in the State, the Uttarakhand Government on Tuesday inaugurated the winter programme of Char Dham Yatra, making it possible for the pilgrims to visit the alternative sites were the deities of Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are placed during winter.



Tourism hub planned around Kadamakkudy 
March 02, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
A tourism hub will be carved around seven islands near Kadamakkudy where a traffic terminal will be built and a boat service will get operational.



Pranab delivers a triple blow on Goa tourism 
March 01, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
The Union Budget has delivered a triple blow on Goa's tourism industry as flying into the state, staying in hotels and eating in restaurants are set to get costlier. As far as eating out is concerned, the common man has not been spared either.



State gets a dismal share of foreign tourists 
March 01, 2011 - The Times of India - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The annual footfall of foreign tourists in Orissa might have gone up with the passing years. But few foreigners coming to the country opt to visit Orissa, according to the state Economic Survey report, 2011.



Budget: Tea Cautious, Tourism Dismayed 
February 28, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The tea industry today said the reduction in custom duty on micro-irrigation equipment in the Union budget could benefit the sector, but added that they would have to study the budget further to make a final assessment.



'Stop obscenity in tourism promotion' 
February 28, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Government must stop use of vulgarity and obscenity for promotion of tourism in Goa as it is leading to corruption of the mind among men and to crimes of lust against women.



Resort edges into tigers' turf 
February 28, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Bandipur Tiger Reserve, the second most visited wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka, is facing new challenges. While the surge in tourism has been posing a threat to the protected area, a new gated-community resort, slated to be built at the border of the park, has irked wildlife experts.



22 p.c. increase in tourism outlay 
February 25, 2011 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
Rs. 100 crore allocated for theme park in Hampi
Rs. 50 crore set aside for infrastructure works

Keeping with the trend of increased budget outlay to the tourism sector in the recent years, the 2011-2012 allocation of Rs. 250 crore has seen an increase by 22 per cent over 2010-2011.



TN pips Kerala in wooing foreign tourists 
February 24, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
Contrary to popular belief that the ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala, attracts the highest number of foreign tourists with its much-hyped wellness tourism, Tamil Nadu has once again topped the charts in wooing international tourists.



Tourism: The blame game continues 
February 23, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Expressing shock over the poor information system existing in Fort Kochi, Tourism Secretary V Venu said that the tourism department is prepared to do everything to improve the system. He said that the tourism department did not have an office in Fort Kochi and it is the duty of the DTPC to keep the department briefed about the shortcomings. The DTPC is entrusted to ensure that tourism is promoted by taking up innovative systems.



Take up only eco-friendly projects in W Ghats 
February 22, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Western Ghats Task Force has recommended to the State Government to take up only ecologically sustainable and socially feasible development projects in the Malnad region of the State.



Eco-hotel project at Baga comes in for severe criticism 
February 22, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Unknown to authorities, a total of 38 cruise boats are operating in various rivers in Goa and none of them have obtained the consent under the Water Act and Air Act from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB).



Protest against proposed expressways 
February 21, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Over 200 people, including residents of Besant Nagar, fisherfolk and enviornmentalists, fasted on Sunday in protest against the proposed elevated expressways. The protest, organised by Save Chennai Beaches and Reclaim Our Beaches movements, had over 250 people from seven countries supporting it online.



Andaman to launch Indias first floating Cinema Theatre 
February 21, 2011 - Andaman Deeksha - www.andamansheekha.com
After starting India’s first Seaplane Service in Andaman and Nicobar Islands the Tourism Department of these lush green Islands is all set to start India’s first floating cinema theatre.



Fort Kochi: Missing out on history 
February 21, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
A verbal argument between a domestic tourist and a taxi driver drew the attention of the people near the Fort Kochi boat jetty on Monday Morning.



Tourists misguided at Fort Kochi 
February 20, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Tourists visiting Fort Kochi are a disheartened lot. They do not get to understand more about the heritage and tourist sites as most of the guides are untrained. Tourists are often misled by the fictitious information given.



Employment To Tribal Youths Through Eco-Tourism 
February 20, 2011 - Central Chronicle - www.centralchronicle.com
Forest Minister Shri Sartaj Singh has said that employment can be generated for the tribal youths by promoting Eco-tourism in rural areas. The Forest Minister was launching an online reservation system for forest rest houses at a one-day workshop on Eco-tourism today.



Ban on vehicles in wildlife sanctuaries sought 
February 19, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
Taking a cue from the Karnataka High Court order banning night traffic through the Bandipur National Park, greens in Kerala have demanded a total ban on private vehicles inside major wildlife sanctuaries. A petition in this regard will soon be submitted before the Kerala High Court.



Authorities Try To Remove Encroachments Around Hampi 
February 18, 2011 - The Times Of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
After the high court pulled up the state government for allowing illegal constructions to mushroom around world heritage site Hampi on Tuesday, the district administration decided to remove encroachments by shifting people to Kadirampura which is a few kilometres away from Hampi.



Guidelines to nourish wellness tourism soon 
February 16, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Wellness centres such as spa, gym and beauty care centres will, henceforth, find it difficult to ignore providing quality services to their clients — both international and domestic tourists. The Government on Tuesday came out with guidelines to make the unregulated sector accountable and competitive as per global standards.



HC Raps Government Over Wastage Of Funds In Hampi Utsav 
February 16, 2011 - Daily Bhaskar - daily.bhaskar.com
The high court on Tuesday directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to file an additional affidavit regarding the letters sent to the government concerning the eviction of encroachments at the Hampi heritage sites in two weeks.



New ministry guidelines for eco zones near sanctuaries 
February 15, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Environment ministry on Tuesday issued new guidelines for declaring eco sensitive zones around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, imposing new restrictions on construction, industrial and some tourism activities. “The zones will work as shock absorbers for the protected areas,” the guidelines states. And its aim is to regulate certain activities,  such as mining around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, so as to minimise the negative impacts of such activities.



Rs 100-crore for Sabarimala 
February 11, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Kerala’s economist Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac on Thursday presented the LDF Government’s last Budget with announcements of a wide spectrum of welfare measures and a series of bold proposals for infrastructure development keeping in mind the Assembly polls to be held within two months. He proposed no new taxes.



Karnataka High Court To Govt: Will You Allow Anyone To Encroach On Vidhana Soudha? 
February 11, 2011 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Expressing its serious displeasure at the rampant encroachment of heritage sites in Hampi, the Karnataka high court on Thursday directed the state government to submit a report explaining its plan of action on February 15 to evict the encroachers.



22 organizations to organize public awareness campaign against Project Tiger 
February 10, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
Apropos the implementation of the Project Tiger in the Kaziranga National Park, 22 organizations including the Kaziranga Anchalik Students’ Union, the Bokakhat Subdivision Students’ Union along with the Kaziranga Jeep Safari and Development Union, Kaziranga Hotel and Resorts Association have decided to organize a public awareness campaign and a mass signature campaign against it. Fearing the loss of identity and popularity of the KNP and the loss of status enjoyed because of the one-horned rhino, the local people of Kaziranga and the local organizations are protesting against the Project Tiger stating that the role played by the NGO’s and the Forest Department is not praiseworthy.



North East hopes for public-private initiatives to develop tourism 
February 10, 2011 - Express Travel World - www.expresstravelworld.com
The Sixth North East Business Summit organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce saw various heads of the eight north eastern states come together and discuss viable business propositions for a long-term growth in the region. In a special session discussing the region's tourism potential, chief secretary of Mizoram, Vanhela Pachuau said, "The government is open to joint venture initiatives with the private sector across various segments."



Project Tiger will not harm tourism business 
February 09, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
“The Project Tiger in Kaziranga is not going to have any harmful effect on tourism-related business,” said the Director of Kaziranga National Park, Surajit Dutta, while addressing mediapersons in his official chamber today.



Tourism industry submits demands 
February 09, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Tax holiday for tourism units, setting up of special tourism zones and a cut in the luxury tax are some of the major demands raised  by the President of Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry, E M Najeeb, in a memorandum submitted to Finance Minister Thomas Isaac the other day.



All 38 cruise vessels have no GSPCB approvals 
February 09, 2011 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Unknown to authorities, a total of 38 cruise boats are operating in various rivers in Goa and none of them have obtained the consent under the Water Act and Air Act from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB).



Homestay concept here to stay 
February 08, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Visiting Fort Kochi has become more affordable in the recent years as the trend of offering budget accommodation is picking up in the heritage site. The paradigm shift in people’s attitude towards letting out their homes is a result of the government’s sustained effort, said K S Shine, secretary, District Tourism Promotion Council. Fort Kochi which was out of reach of tourists belonging to the lower or middle income group has now become affordable, he said.



Jungle business book: unleash rhino on tiger 
February 07, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Kaziranga may have enough room for the magnificent tiger and the majestic rhino but not for a third species called humans who thrive on tourism. So the two-legged species jumped onto four-wheeled beasts and rolled through a section of the national park in Assam today, demanding that Project Tiger be withdrawn to protect the rhinos.



India Travel Mart kicks off in Chandigarh 
February 07, 2011 - SME Times - smetimes.tradeindia.com
The 11th edition of the three-day India Travel Mart (ITM), a travel and tourism exhibition, that kicked off here Saturday, has four foreign countries and nearly 60 corporate houses participating.



Houseboats - Tourists, a happy lot 
February 06, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
The houseboat operators who entered the trade in recent times with dreams of making a quick buck are not quite laughing all the way to the bank.



Eco-park never got a green light 
February 06, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
The eco-tourism project at the Botanical Gardens in Kothaguda on the outskirts of the city, it appears, is everything that it shouldn’t be. It has no environmental clearance. Nonetheless, construction work is going ahead.



Govt nod for 12 PPP projects 
February 05, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state government has approved in all 12 projects under private public participation (PPP) model. The major ones include Panaji-Vasco sea link, oceanarium, infrastructural projects for National Games, Mopa airport, marinas, water augmentation project and minor ports. Other projects include Mala market, tourism-related projects initiated by Goa tourism development corporation, mini tool room at Kundaim, a couple of projects in Baina, Vasco, etc.



Kerala Tourism sweeps PATA Awards 2011 
February 04, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Kerala Tourism has won four top honours at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards 2011 for outstanding achievement in tourism. Kerala Tourism's new global campaign film 'Your Moment is Waiting' bagged an unprecedented three PATA Gold Awards, which were announced in Bangkok yesterday, a release from department of tourism said here today.



Child abuse in Kovalam: Fight comes to a halt 
February 03, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
With Responsible Tourism in Kovalam as good as buried, even the feeble attempts to create awareness about child abuse in the beach destination seem to have died down. A year ago, at least a few yellowing torn anti-child abuse posters could be found stuck on shop fronts and inside restaurants along the beach. Now, during the current season, even the tattered remains of the posters have been removed or blown away by the wind.



National parks in MP to be closed once a week 
February 03, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
In a breather to both wild inhabitants and their protectors from perpetual tourism activity, the State Forest Department has ordered a weekly closure of national parks in Madhya Pradesh. The directives will initially be implemented at three such national parks in the State.



Over 50,000 CRZ violations in State 
January 31, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority will take up the task of listing and proceeding against Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) violations. According to a rough estimate, there are over 50,000 CRZ violations in the State, said a member of the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority.



Hilton plans 19 hotels in India in next five years 
January 31, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
To tap the growing hospitality business in India, the Hilton Worldwide is planning to develop 19 hotels in the next five years, of which six will begin operations in 2011, a top company executive has said. "We are currently looking at 19 hotels in India that are in various stages of development and spread across the country in a mix of tier I, II and III cities," Hilton Worldwide President, Asia-Pacific, Martin Rinck told PTI.



Regulate temples in tiger reserves: Wildlife experts 
January 29, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Increasing temple tourism in the critical areas of tiger sanctuaries is worrying wildlife experts in the wake of the Sabarimala stampede tragedy in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala.



RBI blames Jairams policies for FDI dip 
January 27, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
While India hardsells itself at Davos as a favoured destination among emerging economies like China, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia among others, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s “environment sensitive policies” seem to be driving foreign direct investments (FDI) away from the country.



CRZ breach: States told to give info 
January 27, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
In a move to identify the extent of coastal violations, the environment ministry has asked the state governments to inform it about the violations and action taken against them under Coastal Regulations of 1991 within four months. The decision came after the ministry ordered demolition of Adarsh Housing Society in Colaba, Mumbai, for alleged violations of the coastal regulations.



Lavasa Corporation seeks more time to submit documents 
January 27, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Lavasa Corporation has sought six weeks' time from the Bombay High Court to submit documents to the Environment Ministry. The ministry filed a petiiton in the court alleging that the corporation carried out construction without securing necessary environmental clearances before starting work.



Aviation and climate change. In search of a global consensus 
January 26, 2011 - Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation - www.centreforaviation.com
Each of the 2010 ICAO Assembly Resolution and Cancún Agreements were incomplete and fragmented. ICAO’s Resolution A37-19 is also fragile, with qualifications in the language used in several clauses, as well as in the form of reservations placed by 44 European States and, for differing reasons, by 19 other States on at least one key paragraph. As a result, none of these States are committed to abide by those clauses.



Order to stop development work at mangrove park upheld 
January 25, 2011 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Monday upheld the order of the Additional Director, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, directing the Pappinisseri Eco Tourism Society in Kannur to stop all development activities in its mangrove theme park.



Russian mafia and not government controls Goa 
January 24, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
If any place in India is top of the mind recall for foreigners, it is Goa - a destination most popular and most known for holidaying. It's among the top 10 holiday places of the world for beach seeking holidayers. Goa has some of the most pristine beaches without doubt. Goa has hence thrived on tourism. But hang on. It may not retain its position for long if the government does not step in and take corrective measures.



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