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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.

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.

State draws visitors in droves 
March 06, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
National parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the State are a great draw for vacationers. So much so they attracted as many as 6.43 lakh visitors, including 15,600 foreigners, in 2009.

Rough weather in four reserves on FRA rollout 
March 04, 2011 - Times of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
In the recent meeting of the apex National Tiger Conservation Authority, members pointed out seven specific instances where Forest Rights Act has been violated in an attempt to hastily declare an area free of people. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh said he would investigate each claim and allegation of violation of FRA. TOI highlights four such reserves. Will he now send a fact finding team to these sites?

SAVING THE TIGER NEEDS Putting People First 
March 04, 2011 - Times of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
Since 2006, the environment ministry has demarcated and declared 39 ‘critical tiger habitats’ — the core of our tiger reserves. Every one of them, wrote activist C R Bijoy recently, is illegal. This is an extraordinary allegation. To understand it, we need to go back to our most recent “tiger crisis”.

HIV-infected German sentenced to nine years for child sex tourism in Thailand 
March 04, 2011 - BNO News - www.wireupdate.com
A German man who is infected with HIV was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday for sexually abusing scores of children during trips to Thailand, local media reported.

Sorry sir, beach cleaning is a desi job! 
March 04, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
‘‘Will it be deemed illegal, if a foreigner wants to put in some hours for cleaning  a public place here?’’. The question came from Alfred Glauning, a German tourist, who along with his friend Bennoni Possemist, had initiated a cleaning drive on Varkala beach on Wednesday. The reason why he asked us this question was a call he got from a local person on Thursday morning who told him that what they had done was illegal and so grave that it could even lead to the cancellation of their visas.

Sexual offence against children may attract jail for life 
March 03, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Protection of Children Againat Sexual Offences Bill, 2011, also legalised consensual sex with a person aged between 16-18 years.

Centre clears Bill on sexual abuse of kids 
March 03, 2011 - Express Buzz - express.com
The Centre on Thursday cleared a Bill seeking to prevent sexual abuse of children with provisions for stringent punishment for such offences.

Cabinet clears child protection bill 
March 03, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared a bill seeking to prevent sexual abuse of children with provisions for stringent punishment for such offences.

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.

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