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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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State to Promote Temple Tourism 
September 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Government has planned to promote temple tourism in Andhra Pradesh. It was proposed to develop tourism circuits and create basic facilities at temples for visiting devotees, said Endowment Minister P. Manikyala Rao.



Tourism will Receive Top Priority Yanamala 
September 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The temple city of Tirupati has another feather to its cap, in the form of the prestigious Indian Culinary Institute (ICI), coming under the Union Ministry of Tourism. State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu laid the foundation stone for the world class facility at Kurakalva of Renigunta mandal on Tuesday.



Unregulated Tourism Taking Toll on Natural Resorts in Kashmir Stakeholders 
September 02, 2014 - www.greaterkashmir.com
Speakers at the Kashmir Tourism Summit 2014 underscored the need for promotion of eco-tourism and conservation of natural resorts in Jammu and Kashmir.



Jaitley Terms Dec 16 Rape 'Small Incident that Affected Tourism', Sparks Controversy 
August 22, 2014 - news.oneindia.in
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the midst of a controversy after he termed the December 16 gangrape case as a 'small rape incident that affected tourism in the country.' It all began when Jaitley said the December 16 gangarape case had cost Indian tourism millions of dollars. Jaitley said: "One incident of rape in Delhi was enough to cost millions of dollars in terms of lower number of tourists.
 



These Ten Historical Monuments Earn India the Most Revenue  
August 07, 2014 - scroll.in
As airfares become cheaper and the world gets more adventurous, India's tourism sector has been reaping the benefits. Revenues are expected to rise by 7.9% over the next decade. In 2012, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism accounted for 6.6% of India's GDP.



Tourism Earns India More than the Mining Sector Despite Severely Underperforming 
August 07, 2014 - scroll.in
India might not have much to write home about when it comes to tourist arrivals when compared to the rest of the world, but the industry is nevertheless tremendously important for the country. Despite its size and the wealth of sites to visit, India counted as only the 38th-most visited nation according the United Nations. Despite this, data from the Ministry of Tourism suggests that the sector has a significant impact on the country’s economy.



Ready For Only Tourists 
June 30, 2014 - www.downtoearth.org.in
More than a year after Uttarakhand witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in the country, several flood-hit areas in the state are still waiting for government assistance. One such village is Sumdum in Pithoragarh district.



India Takes Tourism to China; Health, IT to Follow 
June 12, 2014 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
India is readying a plan to step up its engagement with China big time, especially in the services sector.



Jet Ski Aquatic Bikes a Major Attraction at Mypadu Beach 
June 11, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
These days, visitors are greeted by the spectacular scenes of one or two persons riding aquatic motorbikes at the Mypadu beach in Nellore district.



‘Casual Approach by Government Dealt a Big Blow to Tourism’ 
June 10, 2014 - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The tragic death of 24 engineering students and their co-tour leader in the Beas river on Sunday has caused a huge setback to tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh as tourists are feeling unsafe now.



Heritage Tourism To Be Developed in Western Ghats 
June 09, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
A world natural heritage site tourism circuit connecting the 39 serial sites of Western Ghats, the World Heritage Sites (WHS), is in the offing.



A Tourist Destination Vulnerable To Accidents 
June 09, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Nearly three months after its reopening following the drowning of two youths, the river-side tourist destination of Paniyeali Poru, located on the outskirts of Ernakulam district, still remains a dangerous place for tourists.



Overarching Management System For 39 Ghats Sites To Be Evolved 
June 09, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The World Heritage Committee of Unesco has suggested the evolution of an “overarching management system” for the 39 serial sites of Western Ghats.



Development of River Ganga for Tourism, Transport and To Make It Environment Friendly  
June 06, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari chaired a meeting attended by the Union Ministers for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ms Uma Bharti, Information & Broadcasting and Environment & Forest and Climate Change Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar and Tourism Minister Shri Shripada Yasso Naik to plan for development of river Ganga as a tourism destination, means of transport fisheries development and power generation.



Merger of 7 Mandals With AP Hits Tourism Plan 
June 06, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The euphoria generated by the ambitious plan to develop a mega tourism circuit in the entire stretch of Papikondalu, the hill range widely acclaimed as Papi Hills, seems to have petered down following the "merger" of the V R Puram mandal along with six other mandals of the district with residuary Andhra Pradesh.



State To Come Up With Tourism Act 
June 02, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state government has planned to introduce the West Bengal Tourism (development and regulation) Act, 2014 and a new incentive scheme for tourism.



NCR Bars Tourism In Green Zones 
May 14, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tourism activities won't be allowed in the Natural Conservation Zones (NCZs) in NCR, according to the minutes of recent NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) meeting.



New Tourism Policy to Focus on Infrastructure, Manpower, Safety 
May 13, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Karnataka’s refurbished five-year tourism policy, due to go in for Cabinet approval in June, plans to put the horse before the cart and address issues of infrastructure, manpower and safety first.



Kerala Urges for CRZ Norms Revision to Boost Beach Tourism 
May 08, 2014 - travelnewsdigest.in
The Kerala Tourism Department has asked the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) for modifications in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms which will make the way for fast development of potential ‘Beach Tourism’ in the state.



Authorities Inspect GTDC Site at Vagator 
May 07, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Anjuna sarpanch, panchayat members and tourism department officials on Tuesday inspected the property leased by the Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) at Vagator and observed coastal regulation zone (CRZ) violations.



Special Arrangements for Foreign Tourists 
April 30, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Around 60 tourists from different countries are expected to take part in the Chithirai festival this year and have a taste of the celebrations.



'Amending CRZ Will Benefit Big Resorts, Not Fishermen' 
April 30, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Calangute panchayat leader Joseph Sequeira mocked at BJP's promises of amending coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules saying that chief minister Manohar Parrikar was fooling the coastal communities.



Goa Tourism Development Corporation Leases 53,000 sq m on Vagator Shores 
April 24, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) has leased out a stretch of 53,000 sq m on the shores of Vagator to two Delhi-based hospitality companies to run a 'model tourism-entertainment zone' for a period of 22 years.



Vizhinjam Gets Ready for a Massive Demolition Drive 
April 10, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The city corporation is gearing up for a major demolition drive at Vizhinjam.


Cases of Foreigners Indulging in Crime Sees a Rise Every Year 
March 10, 2014 - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The number of cases where foreigners have been involved in crime have increased every year as per the statistics provided by the home department.



Free Wi-Fi service Launched at Chowrasta in Darjeeling 
March 06, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
Tourists visiting the Chowrasta, the main hub of tourist town Darjeeling, will now be able to access the internet on laptops, tablets and smartphones with a free Wi-Fi service.



MTDC To License Its Own Tourist Guides 
February 24, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
In an effort to meet the demands of tourism industry and overcome the shortage of guides in the city, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to give its own licenses to guides in the state.



Vision Group Favours Rs 73K-cr Booster Dose For Tourism 
February 22, 2014 - www.deccanherald.com
In its report, submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Tourism Minister R V Deshpande, it has suggested upgrading existing tourist infrastructure, creating new tourist assets through public private partnership and tapping the potential in adventure, medical and spiritual tourism in the State.



Development of Buddhist Tourism in the Country 
February 20, 2014 - pib.nic.in

The Ministry of Tourism has attempted to develop Buddhist tourism in the country including in the State of Odisha by identifying integrated tourism circuits based on India’s unique civilization, heritage, and culture in partnership with the States, the private sector and other agencies.




Potential for Film Tourism in the Country 
February 14, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism has recognized films as a powerful tool for promotion of tourism destinations and locations and taken following steps to promote Film Tourism as an important Niche Tourism product:



Steps Taken to Ensure Safety of Tourists 
February 06, 2014 - pib.nic.in
‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. As such, prevention of crime, including crime against tourists/foreign tourists is the primary responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territories.



India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sign Agreement for US $200 Million for Uttarakhand Emergency Assistance Project 
February 05, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed an agreement for US $ 200 million for Uttarakhand Emergency Assistance Project. The signatories to the loan agreement were Shri Nilaya Mitash, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; and Ms. M. Teresa Kho, Country Director, INRM, on behalf of ADB.



Boost for tourism projects in Telangana: Chiranjeevi 
February 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the Sound and Light show at the ancient and historic Elgandal fort located on the picturesque shores of Lower Maniar Dam reservoir on the outskirts of Karimnagr.



Tourism Development In Karnataka To Get A Boost 
January 26, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Minister for Tourism R.V. Deshpande has said the government will give a boost to tourism development in the State with a special thrust on Hampi.



Tourist Arrivals To Goa Increase Record 12% Year-On-Year In 2013 
January 25, 2014 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Goa has witnessed a record increase of 12 per cent in the number of tourists visiting the state in 2013 as compared to the year ago, according to the statistical data maintained by the Goa Tourism Department. Domestic tourist arrivals have climbed by 12.47 per cent in 2013 and international tourist arrivals have gone up by 9.27 per cent.



Kerala Wins UN Award For Sustainable Tourism 
January 23, 2014 - zeenews.india.com
Kerala Tourism has been conferred the United Nations Award for creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition.



Taxi Operators' Strike Halts Tourism In Himachal 
January 23, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The three-day strike by commercial vehicles, including taxi operators, who are demanding roll back in hike in taxes, have grinded tourism in Himachal to a halt with occupancy in hotels sliding fast across the state. Cancellations and postponing of tour plans to Himachal is continuing and is expected to continue for few more days.



Green Brigade Irked, But Realtors Laud Tourism Plan 
January 23, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The NCR Planning Board's approval on January 20 of provisions permitting tourism in natural conservation zones (NCZs) appears to have spurred Noida and Greater Noida authorities to expedite development of a green corridor in the twin cities.



Vision Group Suggests Road Map To Increase Karnataka's Tourist Traffic 
January 22, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The Karnataka Tourism Vision Group, headed by T.V. Mohandas Pai, on Tuesday submitted recommendations to the government for doubling the State’s tourist traffic.



India, Japan Sign Memorandum To Promote Tourism 
January 22, 2014 - www.business-standard.com
Aiming at strengthening cooperation in the tourism sector, India and Japan today signed a memorandum here to expand the scope of bilateral promotion in the sector.



If Tapped, Tourism To Create 3L Jobs In District 
January 22, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Blessed with abundant natural and cultural attractions, Thane district's untapped potential as one big tourism destination will soon be unveiled in a comprehensive tourism master plan, according to officials.



Maharashtra Plans To Put Lonar Crater On Tourism Map 
January 22, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has planned more than a stone observatory to promote Lonar crater as a tourist destination, with fresh plans to build a museum which will house specimens of rocks and plant species found in the crater area.



Tamil Nadu Tourism Plans To Revamp Boathouses 
January 22, 2014 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Taking into account the increasing footfall at the boating yards in the state, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) plans to refurbish the Muttukadu and Mudaliarkuppam boathouses. In addition to offering boat rides, these boating yards are soon set to transform into bird-watching spots.



NCR Board Allows Tourism In Eco Zones 
January 21, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In what is being described by activists as an environmental disaster, the NCR Planning Board on Monday cleared crucial provisions to allow tourism in natural conservation zone (NCZ) such as Aravalis, Yamuna riverbed and areas around major water bodies, albeit setting a cap on the area that can be used for tourism.



Leveraging Digital Technologies To Promote Cultural Tourism 
January 20, 2014 - www.financialexpress.com
Tourism industry which is one of the key sectors of earnings for India generated R6.4 trillion and contributing 6.6% of the nation’s GDP in 2012 and is being promoted actively by the government to attract more tourists.



Blow To Kerala Tourism Sector As Foreigners Stay Away 
January 20, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Recession in Europe, competition in traditional markets and from Sri Lanka, and a host of other factors have hit tourist arrivals to the State.



Advisories Likely To Hit Peak Tourism Season 
January 17, 2014 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Foreign governments are seeing India as unsafe for women travellers and are advising travellers to be cautious when journeying in the country.


State Calls For Tourism Plan For Nashik 
January 16, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Limited (MTDCL) has asked for a tourism plan from the Nashik district collectorate, following a report submitted by the Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) that Nashik was a 'filthy', unfriendly and ill-equipped city for tourists'.



International Tourism In India - A Low-Hanging Fruit 
January 14, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
For any non-resident Indian, the incredible India advertisement campaign evokes a lot of sentiment. I have not been to most of the places shown in the campaign, but I think this would be true for most people I know.


India’s Tourism Infrastructure, Services Well Maintained Despite Limited Resources: Union Tourism Secretary 
January 13, 2014 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Giving the keynote address at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) recently conducted annual tourism summit, ‘The Wonder that is India’, Parvez Dewan, Secretary Tourism, Government of India, said that even within limited resources, India has managed to maintain its tourism infrastructure and services.



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