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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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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.



Sports Tourism: A rapidly evolving niche in India 
January 24, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Sports Tourism, once an alien concept, has been rapidly evolving over the past five years. Although a niche segment, it has an immense potential with an expected growth rate of 10-20 per cent per annum. Padmini Prabhu explores various dimensions of this segment



Come help keep Goa clean 
January 23, 2011 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
With Goa's garbage issues continuing to mount, 'Chaka Chak Goa', an NGOs-government team-up campaign, is striving to put solutions in place. To start with, 2,500 NSS students from institutes across Goa will carry out a one-time clean-up drive at six selected spots on Republic Day. Following this, local coordinators have been identified for the public to contact to carry out similar drives in their area.



Kerala Tourism wins FITUR award 
January 23, 2011 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
Kerala Tourism won the award for the best international stand at FITUR held in Madrid, Spain, from January 19 to 23. This is the first-time an Indian destination is winning this prestigious award at FITUR, which is the second largest tourism exhibition in the world.



Tourism development will be job driven: Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of Tourism, GoI 
January 22, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, job-driven tourism development will be the priority for the newly appointed Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay. “I have a plan, for the people staying in remote places, to identify tourist spots, develop them and involve the locals to eke out their livelihood,” said Sahay, when asked what plans he had for Jharkhand in his new assignment. Sahay got the new assignment after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reshuffled his cabinet recently.



APTDC initiates projects along Vizag and Bheemili stretch to promote tourism 
January 22, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has initiated various projects along Vizag and Bheemili stretch, in order to protect several important tourist spots in the region. According to a report in The Hindu, the Corporation has come up with a project to develop boating activity and a restaurant at Mangamaripeta Beach at the cost of Rs 20 lakh. “The project has been sanctioned and within a few months it should be completed,” said A. Srinivas, General Manager (Hotels), APTDC.



Ministry of Railways draws plan to develop rail infrastructure in Northeast region 
January 22, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, the Ministry of Railways has drawn up an elaborate plan to develop railway infrastructure in the Northeast region, connecting all state capitals in the next five to seven years. Currently, there are plans to connect Itanagar and Agartala during the 11th Plan, while Aizawl, Imphal and Kohima would be connected in the 12th Plan. Shillong and Gangtok are expected to be connected in the 13th Plan.



MoT to promote Golf Tourism in India to attract high end visitors 
January 22, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PIB release, Kumari Selja, Union Minister of Culture and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) said that the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is making efforts to position India as a year round destination and it is the government’s priority to develop multiple tourism products to attract all segment of tourists round the year.



Guernsey hotelier jailed over child porn images 
January 21, 2011 - BBC News - www.bbc.co.uk
A leading Guernsey hotelier has been jailed for four years for possessing indecent images of children. Chris Sharp, the director of Le Fregate Hotel, was found guilty of seven counts of making indecent images in Guernsey's Royal Court.



Criminal complainant against Kamat over Goa land policy 
January 21, 2011 - Calcutta Tube - calcuttatube.com
Over 50 civic rights roups and a section of the clergy in Goa Friday filed a criminal complaint against Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and eight other members of a high-level committee for illegally creating eco tourism zones in concert with land sharks.



Ministry of Tourism to Consider Mechanism of Supporting International & Domestic Golf Events  
January 21, 2011 - Ministry of Tourism, Government of India - www.tourism.gov.in
A day long Workshop on “Promotion of Golf Tourism” was organised by the Ministry of Tourism , Government of India here today . Ministry of Tourism aims to create a comprehensive and coordinated framework for promoting golf tourism in India, capitalizing on the existing work that is being carried out, and building upon the strength of India’s position as the fastest growing free market economy.



Government to Promote Golf Tourism in India to Attract High End Visitors 
January 21, 2011 - Ministry of Tourism, Government of India - www.tourism.gov.in
The Minister of Culture and HUPA Kumari Selja has said that Ministry of Tourism is making efforts to position India as a year round destination and it is government’s priority to develop multiple tourism products to attract all segment of tourists round the year. In her inaugural address as a Chief guest at a workshop to promote Golf Tourism here today, the minister said, this will enable the government to break the October to March Syndrome that affects India Tourism particularly in the case of foreign tourist arrivals.


Sustainable tourism gets boost with launch of global partnership 
January 21, 2011 - United Nations Environment Programme - www.unep.org
The push for sustainable tourism was given a boost this week with the establishment of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism that unites all stakeholders in the industry in influencing policies, developing projects and providing a global communication platform.



Mini-Russia in Goan shore 
January 20, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
As many foreigners, especially Russians, have made this Goan coastal village their home, Morjim is slowly moving away from its natural riches. Goa’s northernmost coastal village — Morjim — may end up like the beach resorts of the Mediterranean which have lost their culture to growing tourism and trade, warns an international study.



Subodh Kant Sahay is the new Union Minister for Tourism 
January 19, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The first reshuffle of the Union Cabinet by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has witnessed a change of guard in both travel and tourism and aviation. Among the major changes, Kumari Selja has been divested of the Tourism portfolio and Subodh Kant Sahay has been appointed as the new Union Minister for Tourism. Sahay was Minister for Food Processing Industries. Selja has retained Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation portfolio and has been given additional charge of Culture.



PM help sought for tour industry 
January 18, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Tour operators in north Bengal have decided to seek the Prime Minister’s intervention to save the jobs of thousands of people associated with the hospitality industry which incurred losses in the past three years because of frequent strikes and agitation.



Tourists had a field day during Games 
January 17, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Despite numerous allegations of corruption in Commonwealth Games projects and apprehensions of a terrorist attack, the number of tourists — both foreign and domestic — to Delhi saw a steep increase in October, when the Games took place. The tourists inflow went up in November as well.



BAPL receives land from West Bengal govt for airport city project 
January 17, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), which is setting up the Rs 10,000 crore airport city project in the industrial belt of Asansol-Durgapur region in West Bengal, has received 1,820 acres of land from West Bengal government. According to a report in Economic Times, as per the agreement entered with the state government, BAPL is required to complete the first phase of the project within December 2013.



New rules for tourist visa to 'curb misuse' 
January 13, 2011 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Foreigners travelling to India on tourist visas have to give a two-month gap before they re-enter the country, according to new government rules aimed at avoiding "misuse" of the tourist visa. "It has come to the notice of the government that there has been abuse, misuse of tourist visa. With a view to curb the abuse, misuse of the tourist visa, (new) instructions have been issued imposing restrictions," according to a latest home ministry circular issued last week.



OTDC to hardsell picnic draws to tourists 
January 13, 2011 - The New Indian Express - www.expressbuzz.com
To cash in on the ongoing picnic season and the fact that half of the domestic tourist traffic is from the State itself, the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has decided to give a boost to 'picnic tourism' in a big way.



Upholding Responsible Tourism 
January 11, 2011 - Express Travel World - www.expresstravelworld.com
The 5th workshop of the India Series Workshops by the ESOI (Ecotourism Society of India) was held at INDeco Hotels, Mahabalipuram, with a focus on Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to sensitise the industry on ‘Practising Responsible Tourism’. The workshop had speakers of varied backgrounds, directly or indirectly related to tourism, who demonstrated responsible initiatives taken by them as well as those that need to be taken up. It was supported by Tamil Nadu Tourism, Puducherry Tourism, RCI and Mahindra Holidays.



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