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Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017

Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra

Corporatising Tourism in Manipur 
April 10, 2017
The Government of Manipur in its endeavour to provide job opportunities and overall progress in the State
Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 
February 16, 2017
This report explores the inter-linkages between three areas: children, tourism and migration
‘It’s Time Tourism Industry Took Difficult Decisions To Stay Responsible And Sustainable: Experts' 
January 23, 2017

Tourism industry experts, industry watchers and advocates of responsible and sustainable tourism...

Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa 
April 01, 2016
Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa

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.

Tourism must become part and parcel of our national agenda: Kumari Selja, Union Minister of Tourism  
December 14, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Considering the huge socio-economic growth potential of the tourism industry, emerging economies like India must strive to make tourism part and parcel of their national agenda, opined Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism. The Minister was speaking at a seminar on ‘Economic Imperative of Tourism’ organised recently by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) – India Initiative in New Delhi.

WTTC India Initiative moots unified authority at central level for tourism sector 
December 14, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
World Travel & Tourism Council – India Initiative (WTTCII) has mooted a unified authority at the central level to coordinate on issues related to tourism. Highlighting the dire need for ‘convergence’ on issues related to tourism in the country, Arjun Sharma, Chairman, WTTCII suggested a ‘Steering Committee’ headed by a Principal Secretary-level official in the Prime Minister’s Office to sort out issues which require convergence of opinion among various departments of the government. He said that key concerns of the industry today are convergence, infrastructure, creating awareness, skill development and taxation.

DoT, Himachal Pradesh focuses on promoting lesser known places through calendars 
December 14, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, the Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Himachal Pradesh is focusing on promoting lesser-known places of the state to attract tourists. Arun Sharma, Director Tourism, Himachal Pradesh said that as many as 24 pictures highlighting the tribal and offbeat destinations for pilgrimage, adventure, heritage, people and culture and Rural Tourism have been included in table and wall calendars.

Foreign taint: Sex crimes against minors haunt Goa 
December 13, 2010 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Sex crimes against minors by foreign paedophiles have again come to haunt the tourist hotspot Goa. A British national, Barry McCloud (54), was on Friday sentenced to life in prison by St Albans Crown Court, UK, for filming himself raping a nine-year-old girl. The victim had informed Goa crime branch officials that she was often asked to dance naked by "Mac uncle."

Hertfordshire man jailed for raping girl in Goa 
December 10, 2010 - BBC News - www.bbc.co.uk
A Hertfordshire man who travelled to India to film himself raping a 10-year-old girl has been sentenced to life in prison. Barry McCloud, 54, of Tudor Walk, Watford, groomed his victim after befriending her "slum-dwelling" family, St Albans Crown Court heard. He admitted three rapes and 18 related charges in Goa between 2005 and 2007.

Orissa to implement 14 PPP projects worth Rs 6,218 cr says minister for Planning & Coordination 
December 06, 2010 - Orissadiary.com - www.orissadiary.com
The Odisha government has decided to undertake 14 projects on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode involving an expenditure of Rs 6,218.02 crore.

A total of 46 projects, to be taken up on the PPP mode, are under the consideration of the state government, A U Singhdeo, minister for Planning & Coordination said in the State Assembly.

Avis India introduces lady chauffeurs 
December 06, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Avis India has introduced lady chauffeurs for its customers in India. Dedicated to single women travellers, the first fleet of lady chauffeurs will be driving the new BMW 5 series fleet at The Oberoi, Mumbai. Sunil Gupta, CEO, Avis India said, “The single woman traveller always feels insecure while in a new city. A well trained lady chauffeur driven rent-a-car goes a long way in allaying her fears.”

Pakyong, first-ever airport in Sikkim, makes steady progress 
December 06, 2010 - Project Monitor - www.projectsmonitor.com
The Airports Authority of India is shortlisting engineering consultants to oversee the construction of a new terminal building, control tower and fire station, and allied works at the upcoming Pakyong Airport in Sikkim. The estimated cost of these works is 17 crore.

Tourism industry associations welcome Prevention of Touting and Malpractice against Tourist Act 2010  
December 04, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Travel trade and hospitality associations have welcomed the Prevention of Touting and Malpractice against Tourists Act 2010. The Delhi assembly recently passed the Act, which is an effort to make the ‘city comfortable and safe’ for tourist. It contains stringent punishment for people involved in malpractice against tourists. The Act states, “Touts and malpractice shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to one year, or with fine, which may extend to Rs 10,000, or with both.” The offences under the Act are cognisable and bailable.

Chhattisgarh Tourism Board expects 10 lakh tourists in next four years 
December 04, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With an aim to enhance the tourism potential of Chhattisgarh in the domestic and the international market, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) has recently launched tourism infrastructure development projects in the state and initiated new marketing activities. CTB’s current target is to attract about 10 lakh tourists to the state over the next three to four years. In 2009, the state had a budget of Rs 50 crore for development of tourism infrastructure facilities, identification and development of new tourist destination and marketing.

Tourists can go elsewhere: Morcha - Bandhs hit festive year-end bookings 
December 03, 2010 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said statehood, and not tourism, was its priority and that the movement for Gorkhaland could not afford to take a backseat because of visitors to the hills.

The Morcha assertion comes amid reports from the hospitality industry in Darjeeling of cancelled bookings for the Christmas-New Year season at hill hotels.

Lavasa didn't need clearance being a tourism project: lawyer 
December 03, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Lavasa Corporation on Friday told the Bombay High Court that it did not need to take environmental clearances from the Centre, because its lake city near Pune was a "tourism project" and not a township. Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on the other hand, alleged that Lavasa Corp was fully aware that it needed clearances, but still "brazenly" continued its activities.

IAAI plans to submit memorandum to Indian PM requesting restoration of commission for travel agents 
December 01, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) is now planning to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh requesting restoration of commission for travel agents. This memorandum will be submitted soon along with support of all travel agents in India, for which the Association is expecting participation of the entire travel fraternity to make this move successful. The decision to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India has been taken as the Association has not yet received any positive response from the zero commission airlines even though the Kerala High Court has directed DGCA to ensure that travel agents receive commissions from the airlines.

Environment ministry has no power to stop work: Lavasa 
November 30, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Going on the offensive, Lavasa Corporation Limited, developers of Lavasa hill city, on Monday challenged the jurisdiction of the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), saying it did not have the powers to order work on the project’s 2,000-hectare first phase in Pune district to stop.

India fast emerging as hotspot for medical tourism 
November 29, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Stem cell research and therapy is a revolutionary development in medical science and the health sector. India has a vast pool of talent and low cost advantage and this will help it emerge as a major destination for international medical tourism in the near future.

Tourism not a hit among city students 
November 27, 2010 - express buzz - expressbuzz.com
Tourism management courses in some city colleges are not finding many takers even though the hospitality industry is witnessing an upsurge after weathering recession blues.

Dr M Ramachandra Gowda, Chairman of Department of Commerce and Management at Bangalore University, said the current batch of Master of Tourism Administration programme had only 14 students against a maximum limit of 30.

No more HIV, AIDS test for visas to India 
November 27, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has asked all its embassies and consulates to remove travel and residency restrictions for people with HIV and AIDS coming to India. Although India had withdrawn the requirement for HIV testing of foreigners in 2002 after a Union health ministry notification, some Indian embassies and consulates continued to display the requirement of an HIV test certificate on their websites and visa forms.

UNWTO and the International Labor Organization join efforts to fight a jobless recovery 
November 25, 2010 - ForImmediateRelease.Net - www.forimmediaterelease.net
(Forimmediaterelease.net) UNWTO and the International Labor Organization (ILO) are working together towards the common objectives of job creation, sustained growth, and fair globalization through decent work in tourism, the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has underlined at the ILO Global Dialogue Forum on New Developments and Challenges in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector (Geneva, Switzerland, November 23-24).

Domestic bliss 
November 25, 2010 - Property Report - www.property-report.com
After contracting nearly five per cent in 2009, foreign arrivals around the world are rebounding.  According to a recent report released by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), International arrivals are estimated to have grown by seven per cent globally through the first six months of 2010. The Asia Pacific region in particular is leading the recovery, with international arrivals increasing 14 per cent year-over-year through June. Only the Middle East outperformed the Asia Pacific region, recording a 20 per cent increase in foreign arrivals.

Unregistered Paharganj guest houses face action 
November 24, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Scores of unregistered guest houses in Delhi's tourist hub Paharganj face an uncertain fate with MCD issuing notices to them for sealing their units and asserting that necessary action will be taken shortly. The MCD had on November 18 issued notices to 60 guest houses in the busy central Delhi locality warning that sealing action will be carried out against them if they fail to register themselves by today.

A New Tourism Initiative In - Need of The hour 
November 24, 2010 - Imphal Free Press - http://ifp.co.in/
Lastly, all tourist spots in Manipur have lost their academic values and intellectual appeal as they are run practically without any tourist guides, photo gallery and even without a piece of literature, guide book and small museum. They look like more of pienic spots than a tourist spot of lasting significance, lasting attraction and lasting impression. Bara khanas, prasadum and grand feasts continue to be main highlight of the visit. People in group come occasionally, sit, eat and go back. The tourist guide at the INA Memorial at Moirang talks; but says nothing. The absence of institutional arrangement for educating on the values, society and history is a great weakness of the tourism development in Manipur.

MCD seals 2 guesthouses, one hotel in Paharganj 
November 23, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday sealed two guesthouses and a hotel in Paharganj area for violation of various norms, including constructing buildings without a sanctioned building plan or a regularisation plan. A "shocked" Delhi Hotel Mahasangh has strongly criticised the civic body's move.

Titos, Mambos face the music 
November 18, 2010 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Stakeholders  of  two of the most popular clubs  in North Goa —  Mambos and Tito’s  have  been  slapped  with  “stop work order” for carrying  out  illegal  constructions in the no  development  zone (NDZ). Deputy Collector  and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mapusa  D M Redkar  issued  the  stop work order directing  David  D’Souza,  Lucille  D’Souza  and  Ricardo D’Souza to forthwith  stop  illegal  construction carried  out by them in survey  number 243/15  which is within 200 to 500 meters from  the high  tide line (HTL)  in Calangute village.

Collapse site turns 'picnic spot' 
November 18, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
In an ironic turn to the Lalita Park building collapse tragedy, the remains of the ill-fated seven-storey structure have become the latest blimp on the Capital's disaster tourism map. "It appears as if the area has become a picnic spot of sorts. People start streaming in from as early as 8am, ask for directions to the spot where the building stood and spend the next couple of hours staring at dead bodies being pulled out of the rubble," said Pramod Kumar, general secretary of the Lalita Park Residents' Welfare Association.

Andaman Marches Ahead to be the No. 1 Eco Friendly Tourist Destination in the World: Lt. Governor 
November 16, 2010 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
We have a number of ongoing projects in the tourism sector, fisheries and other economically viable sectors. But I assure you that all the ongoing projects are eco friendly and soon Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be the number one eco friendly tourist destination of the world, said Lt. Gen. Retd. Bhopinder Singh, Lt. Governor of the Islands on the occasion of Andaman & Nicobar Day celebration today evening at 5.30 pm at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Cops to target tourists smoking hookahs, drugs 
November 16, 2010 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Tourists sitting in shacks or strolling on the beach and blowing smoke rings of charas, ganja or tobacco had better beware. North Goa police have initiated a drive in the coastal belt and are booking persons smoking in public places in violation of the provisions of the Indian Tobacco Control Act, 2003, that aims at curbing smoking in public places in order to protect individuals from the hazards of second-hand tobacco smoke.

Iconic London hotel joins Sahara family 
November 15, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
One more iconic British brand will soon be taken over by an Indian firm. Grosvenor House, the upscale London hotel frequented by royals and global industrialists, is about to be sold to Sahara India Parivar. Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to sell the hotel to billionaire businessman Subrata Roy’s group for the "knock-down price" of £470 million (R3,000 crore), The Sunday Times reported. The bank had reportedly hoped to swing a £700 million (R4,260 crore) deal but lowered its sights after t

Nod to prevent malpractices against tourists likely soon 
November 15, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Delhi Cabinet is likely to give its nod to the ordinance ‘Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices against Tourists-2010’ on Monday, that already has been promulgated in the national Capital. Delhi Government’s Home Department is bringing a proposal to this effect. The approval of Delhi Cabinet is necessary to lay the ordinance at Delhi Assembly.

Strict anti-touting law on the anvil in Delhi 
November 15, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
To tackle the menace of touts, Delhi government will bring in a bill in the winter session of the assembly later this month, primarily to give relief to tourists who are often harassed by such elements. The Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, on Monday approved the Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices Bill which provides for a maximum jail term of one year.

MP defends tourism in reserves 
November 13, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Responding to a notice in connection with a PIL filed by a volunteer organisation with the MP High Court, the State Forest Department on Friday submitted that tourism activities could be continued in core areas inside tiger reserves in a sustainable and regulated manner. The HC later listed the next hearing of the Public Interest Litigation for the second week of December.

Marriott to add 100 hotels in India in 5 years 
November 13, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Luxury hospitality major Marriott is eying a substantial growth from India even as its home country, the US remains the major revenue grosser. The hotel has a revenue share of around 70 per cent from the US. The global lodging leader will be adding 100 more hotels in India in the next 5 years.

Centre assures steps for tourism development 
November 12, 2010 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
Union minister of state for tourism development Sultan Ahmed on Friday assured the Odisha government to personally take steps for all round development concerning tourism spots in the state. The assurance of the Union minister came during a meeting with the Odisha tourism minister Devi Prasad Mishra here.

Terminally ill foreigners smuggle drug; HC fumes 
November 09, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
India is facing a drugs incursion from a new kind of conduit—terminally ill patients, mostly women, from foreign countries. Ironically, most of them go scot free thanks to the sympathetic view of the courts. This trend was exposed by Jutice Pradeep Nandrajog of the Delhi High Court after he visited a jail on February 14, 2009, and found 16 terminally ill patients in the jail hospitals. The doctors said the patients might not survive for more than two to six months. After this Justice Nandrajog had directed the Centre, Delhi government and legal apparatus of all states to take immediate steps to check such carriers.

UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda 
November 08, 2010 - eTurboNews - www.eturbonews.com
UNWTO welcomes the decision of the Second T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, held in Bueyo, Republic of Korea, (October 11-13), to convey to the President of the Republic of Korea in his capacity as chair of the forthcoming G-20 Seoul Summit, the message that: “Tourism can make an important contribution to the initiatives that the G-20 is undertaking to achieve shared growth beyond crisis, particularly in terms of global job creation and the development agenda. The tourism sector stands ready to work towards the common objectives of strong, sustainable, and balanced growth.”

WTTC announces judging panel for 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 
November 08, 2010 - Adventure Travel Trade Association - www.adventuretravelnews.com
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the judging panel for its 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Each year, tourism companies and destinations from around the world submit their entries to showcase best practice in sustainable tourism in one of the four categories: Global Tourism Business, Conservation, Community Benefit and Destination Stewardship.

State to implement tourism project along Puri coast 
November 07, 2010 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
The Odisha government has decided to implement the Rs 116 crore integrated tourism project along the coast near Puri keeping in mind environment issues.

Punjab approves 15 mega projects 
November 01, 2010 - Project Monitor - www.projectsmonitor.com
The Punjab government has approved various development projects, including seven mega manufacturing projects, four industrial parks, three hotel projects and a health tourism project. These projects altogether entail an investment of `2552.08 crore and are expected to generate direct and indirect employment to 25,343 people.

Tourism eyes brand touch 
October 29, 2010 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The tourism department has taken a leaf out of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s book and turned to a top ad agency to do for Bengal tourism what global image guru Wally Olins is expected to do for Brand Bengal.

Cwealth Games prove to be a damp squib for hotel industry 
October 25, 2010 - FnBnews.com - www.fnbnews.com
Though India boasts of successfully holding the Commonwealth Games, the hotel industry would like to forget what it says were 12 disastrous days for it. “We as an industry are frankly disappointed,” said Saeed Shervani, president, Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI), which has some 1,500 members in the 9 northern states, as reported in Business Line.

Hoteliers want govt to keep focus on tourism post-CWG 
October 25, 2010 - India Today - indiatoday.intoday.in
With the Commonwealth Games behind it, the government must not lose sight of the long-term challenges confronting the hospitality industry. Leading hoteliers reiterated this demand at two high-profile events organised by the hospitality industry in the capital.

Sikkim ready to review Japan tour project  
October 25, 2010 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The first draft of the proposed eco-tourism policy of Sikkim under a Japanese International Cooperation Agency-funded project is expected to be released to all stakeholders here for review in the next two weeks.

MPs foray into core tiger areas earns rap 
October 25, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The environment ministry has said tourism cannot be allowed in core areas of tiger reserves, just a week after the Madhya Pradesh government allowed the same. The ministry also said the MP government was violating laws of the land and tourism can be allowed only in fringe or buffer zones.

Bombay high court comes to the rescue of states flora and fauna 
October 24, 2010 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
The Bombay high court has directed an interim stay on the construction of tourist resorts in the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the Western Ghats.

CRZ norms: Tides of despair 
October 22, 2010 - Express Buzz - expressbuzz.com
The fate of 67 lakh fishermen across Indian coast hangs in balance with the government’s plan to amend the Coastal Regulation Zone with the Draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification Amendments 2010 which experts claim will unleash “ethnocide” against coastal communities.

An uphill fight to stay beautiful 
October 21, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Smooth, dust-free roads were built and a part of the city look was given world-class makeover, all for the Commonwealth Games. But given the civic agencies track record till now, it may be hard to keep these roads in their current form. Though the civic agencies are now contemplating creation of special teams and funds for maintenance of infrastructure developed especially for the Games, it is certainly going to be a challenge for them.

Infrastructure Developed for Commonwealth Games to Work as Launching Pad to Attract Large Number of Tourists to India: Kumari Selja 
October 21, 2010 - Ministry of Tourism, Government of India - www.tourism.gov.in
Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja has said that the infrastructure that has been developed in Delhi for Commonwealth Games would work as the launching pad for future events in the country and should attract a large number of tourists to India. Inaugurating an International Hospitality Fair here today she said, Delhi has been for some time one of the major convention destination of the world now with the addition of world class facilities that have emerged, the range of events that can be organized in Delhi have moved beyond traditional meetings and conventions to sporting and entertainment extravaganzas.

Off-shore casinos get a breather 
October 21, 2010 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Off-shore casinos which had been operating without NOC from the Captain of Ports (CoP) for long, can heave a sigh of relief – for some time atleast. Pursuant to change in government decision, the CoP has issued conditional NOCs to off-shore casinos with validity of three months.

Tourist flow during Games falls short of projections 
October 20, 2010 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The Capital received 75,606 foreign tourists during the Commonwealth Games period. This was revealed on Tuesday by the Press Information Bureau, which quoted Immigration Authorities at the Delhi airport.

Domestic air traffic continues to rise 
October 20, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
The lean period air traffic in India remained almost at the same level during July-September and January-March this year, with private carrier Jet Airways and its no-frill subsidiary together continuing to fly the maximum number of passengers. Continuing its upward trend, domestic air traffic this year has risen by over 19 per cent between January and August compared with the same period last year.

Delhi markets saw 40% lower biz due to CWG: Survey 
October 15, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Prominent markets in the national capital witnessed as much as a 40% decline in business due to hyped-up security for the Commonwealth Games, the Confederation of All-India Traders (CAIT) said.

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