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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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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.



Mauritius could hand over 2 islands to India 
October 14, 2010 - The Financial Express - www.financialexpress.com
India and Mauritius have resumed discussions over a proposal to hand over the twin islands of Agalega in the Indian Ocean to India either on long-lease or by perpetual ceding of control. The Mauritius-held islands with a total area of 24 sq km or 2,400 hectares (the official figure is much higher at 70 sq km) is seen as ideal for development as a tourist destination by India, which is closer to it than the African country which is 1,100 km south of it.



By weekend, all rules of Games will change 
October 12, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
If you can’t instill discipline then invent a notification or a prohibitory order that will rein them in. For the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Police had come up with some orders in the name of security for visiting athletes and delegates. But the notification order and also a new police station set up exclusively for the Games would cease to exist once the sporting extravaganza ends.



It’s destination Taj for athletes 
October 12, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
They might have been one of the most vocal critics of arrangements in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games but now, the Aussies, the Kiwis, the Scots, and the Canadians can't get enough of “Incredible India”. These countries have been in a majority in the groups of athletes and officials from 71 countries visiting the Taj Mahal on the free train ride to Agra arranged by the Organising Committee with the Indian Railways.



Camping sites empty with no CWG visitors checking in 
October 12, 2010 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
Camping sites set up for tourists during the Commonwealth Games are still awaiting guests as not a single visitor has checked in yet. Two well-furnished camping sites with 50 Swiss delux tents were inaugurated with much fanfare at Dundahera near Gurgaon and Surajkund near Faridabad for providing accommodation to tourists and delegates during the Games.



CAG to restart Games audit 
October 11, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India will restart audit of expenses incurred for the Commonwealth Games on October 15. The audit agency will submit its report within three months. The CAG had earlier suspended the CWG auditing work in September, a government official said on condition of anonymity.



State to make Lavasa pay penalty on deals 
October 09, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Maharashtra government has started the process of rectifying land acquisition violations in the Lavasa hill city project, which is spread across 25,000 acres in Pune district. Revenue minister Narayan Rane on Friday issued an order to state officials asking them to work out proposals to regularise the land deals. This will involve the Lavasa Corporation paying penalties that will run into crores. “One of the irregularities pertaining to the Maharashtra Land Ceiling Act will work out to Rs 90 crore,” Rane said.



Maharashtra to legalise irregularities in Lavasa project 
October 09, 2010 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The Maharashtra government has decided to legalise irregularities in the controversial Lavasa project in Pune in a month by imposing penalties. “There were many irregularities like acquisition of agricultural land and leasing out government land without permission, transfer of tribal land, use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes and complaints of land being bought at less than market rates,” Revenue Minister Narayan Rane said on Friday.



3,500 Russians to descend on Goa's shores every ten days 
October 09, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
An estimated 3,500 Russians will descend on Goa's shores every ten days this tourism season. Incidentally, the first charter flight to Goa on Thursday morning, bringing in tourists for season 2010-2011, also arrived from Russia.



Eateries wear empty look as discounts fail to attract visitors 
October 08, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Sidharth Talwar, owner and DJ of Cafe Morrison in South Extension-2, spent a lot of money on the renovation and expansion of his popular café, anticipating a rush of foreign tourists during the Commonwealth Games. The café has also come up with special packages and discounts for the Games guests. However, his business has decreased in the past one week.



Peanuts for performance 
October 07, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The organisers of the Commonwealth Games opened their purse generously to hire Bollywood stars (A.R. Rahman took home Rs 5 crore) and technicians and expensive props like the Aerostat for Rs 70 crore. But the drummers and folk performers, who formed the spectacular Rhythms of India and Celebrations segments of the ceremony, got only R1,000 for the evening.



MTDC to bring out master plan for tourism development by this year-end 
October 06, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With an aim to further develop tourism in the state, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra yesterday organised a one-day interactive seminar on Maharashtra Tourism- Opportunities and Challenges at the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai. A decision to draft a master plan for developing tourism in the state before December 31, 2010 was decided upon at the seminar. MTDC will select the core group, consisting of members from the tourism and hospitality industry, who will collect and compile all suggestions and ideas for a month and then assimilate and draft the master plan by this year-end.



Where are the tourists? 
October 05, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The dazzling Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games has earned a lot of appreciation for the country but the negative publicity surrounding the Games before it began seems to have had its impact. According to sources at the airport and the visa department of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), only 8,000 extra foreign tourists have come against the expected 1 lakh during the Games period.



Andaman and Nicobar Islands to have runways every 100 miles 
October 05, 2010 - Andaman Sheekha - www.andamansheekha.com
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are now set to have full-length ‘all weather and all aircraft’ runways after every 100 miles, an official said.  “Every 100 miles or so you will find an airfield capable of operating all aircrafts (which could include commercial ones) in all-weather conditions,” the Commander-in-Chief of the Islands, Mr D.K. Joshi, said.



CWG’s economic impact: $4,940 mn 
October 04, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Commonwealth Games are expected to result in an overall economic impact of USD 4,940 million on India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during a period of four years, ending 2012.



City beggars do the disappearing act 
October 04, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Beggars in the national Capital have done the vanishing act! Almost all roads and temples complexes are now looking beggar-free and hawkers selling balloons, magazines, pens and cheap accessories at traffic signals have also quietly disappeared overnight without explanation.



CWG all set to create over five lakh jobs 
October 04, 2010 - The Economic Times - economictimes.indiatimes.com
The promotional and sponsorship activities revolving around the ongoing Commonwealth Games (CWG) are likely to swell the coffers of the Delhi government . In fact, around Rs 4,500 crore is expected to be generated in terms of revenue. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has stated that this might push the GDP from Rs 1,17,000 crore to Rs 1,75,000 crore — a remarkable increase of 49%.



CWG vocation in Delhi triggers tourist rush in Himachal 
October 04, 2010 - Himvani - www.himvani.com
Major tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday registered a sudden spurt in tourists footfall as NCR declared a fortnight of vocations in the wake of Commonwealth Games in schools and offices.



No show by tourists leaves bed & breakfast owners disappointed 
October 03, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Poor tourist arrivals for the Commonwealth Games, beginning Sunday, have left bed & breakfast providers in the national capital a disappointed lot. Bed & breakfast (B&B) lodgings, which multiplied across the city ahead of the mega-sporting event in anticipation of a massive influx of guests, were banking on the CWG to charge handsome rent for rooms and make hefty profits.



Dreams of casino; reality is brothel 
October 03, 2010 - Goa News Online - www.goanewsonline.com
Girls from Nepal are being lured into prostitution, after being falsely promised lucrative jobs in casinos in Goa. According to a recent report in ‘The Himalayan Times’, police in Nepal on Friday arrested four persons for allegedly hatching a plot to traffic 11 girls into India for the purpose of prostitution, with the false promise of lucrative jobs.



DDA takes Emaar-MGF to court 
September 30, 2010 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is embroiled in a legal battle with the Commonwealth Games Village developer Emaar-MGF over “illegal constructions” carried out by the developer inside the Village, it is learnt.



SC livid with Games frauds 
September 29, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government, calling it “unethical” and lacking moral values, for irregularities in Commonwealth Games projects. “Payments are made without work being done. A newly-constructed bridge collapsed like a pack of cards. R70,000 crores are involved. There is rampant corruption.... We cannot shut our eyes,” the court said.



ITDC hotels pay for MPs' overstay 
September 29, 2010 - India Today - indiatoday.intoday.in
The India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels, the Ashok and Janpath, in the Capital are paying the price for allowing some parliamentarians to overstay. Ten MPs of the 14th Lok Sabha, including actors Dharmendra, Jaya Prada and Govinda, together ran up a bill of Rs 1.2 crore at the two hotels, but nobody appears to be willing to pay.



GTDC to initiate inter-state tourism circuits at ITM Goa 2010 
September 29, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With an aim to promote inter-state tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is in discussions with state tourism boards of Karnataka and Maharashtra to device packages at the sidelines of International Travel Mart (ITM), Goa 2010, to be held from October 14-17 in Panjim. The event will have tourism board representatives from these states to discuss on the possible tourist destinations that can be promoted for developing inter-state tourism circuits.



No bookings at city hotels 
September 29, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Commonwealth Games are just three days away but hotels in the city are yet to get bookings. Some hotels have even reported cancellations. “Things remain as gloomy as they were a month back. We hardly have any bookings. Looks likes we are headed for disaster,” said Rajendra Kumar, director, Ambassador Hotel, and president of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India.



Himalayan hiking goes green - WWF-India launches the Green Hiker campaign to save ecosystem in mountains 
September 29, 2010 - The Tribune - www.tribuneindia.com
In its efforts to minimise the negative environmental impacts of tourism on the high-altitude Himalayas, the WWF-India has launched the Green Hiker campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and its Incredible India initiative. This campaign was started in Uttarakhand on Monday on the occasion of World Tourism Day when both the Chief Minister and the Governor of the state launched it jointly in the presence of Dr Sejal Worah, Programme Director, Green Hiker.



CM for Investor Friendly Tourism Policy 
September 29, 2010 - Central Chronicle - centralchronicle.com
The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed the officers to formulate investor-friendly Tourism Policy, which should harness tourism potential in a concrete manner. He said that the tourism policy should encourage investors for expansion and creation of tourism facilities. He was addressing top officials in response to a comprehensive presentation on New Tourism Policy-2010 at Mantralaya here today.



Hassle-free working day of exclusive Games lane 
September 28, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Traffic condition, on the first working day when Delhi Traffic police enforced exclusive dedicated Games lane, was not as bad during daytime as it was in the evening. Traffic went out of gear during evening hours at several places and as many as 100 people were caught for entering Games lane.



After news reports, Commonwealth Games become topical subject for books 
September 28, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Commonwealth Games in Delhi have inspired not just reams of reportage but also a bevy of books that detail everything from the history of the Games to how they are turning out to be a disaster. The latest among the growing corpus of books on the Games is Sellotape Legacy, Delhi & Commonwealth Games, a book that raises several disturbing questions about the Games.



Now, violate the lane rule and land in jail 
September 28, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
You will have to face one month in jail if you drive on the dedicated Games lane. According to a new order, the Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 of the CrPc on the entire 105-km-long dedicated Commonwealth Games lane.



Before the Games, Delhiites skip city in mass exodus 
September 28, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Delhiites are making full use of the Games vacation declared by the government. Airlines operating from Delhi to domestic and international tourist destination are running packed with bookings till October 8. Industry sources say, the majority of vacationers are leaving on September 31 and there is a mad rush to book tickets. No tickets are available to destinations such as Singapore, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and tickets for domestic destinations are sold out, too.



‘Homestay’ scheme adding new dimension to tourism in Himachal Pradesh 
September 28, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, the ‘homestay’ scheme launched recently by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department Corporation (HPTDC) has evoked an ‘overwhelming’ response in Kullu and Manali region with most tourists preferring to stay in small accommodations instead of costly luxury hotels.



Delhi voted as wrong choice to host Commonwealth Games 2010: TripAdvisor survey 
September 28, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
TripAdvisor has announced the results of its Commonwealth Games Survey 2010, conducted with travellers from two of the largest Commonwealth nations- UK and Canada. The Commonwealth Games Survey results analysed included answers from all respondents who took the survey during a 15 day period from August 31, 2010 to September 14, 2010. 635 completed responses were received during this period.



MoT to conduct internal enquiry on CWG Village mess 
September 28, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will conduct an internal enquiry into deficiencies and complaints regarding Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village rooms. According to Kumari Selja, Union Minister of Tourism and Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, an internal enquiry has ‘already been ordered’ by her ministry to look into the complaints.



Call for ‘responsible tourism' gets louder 
September 27, 2010 - The Hindu - hindu.com
With eco-tourism gaining popularity in recent years, “eco-tourism” resorts mushrooming around ecologically fragile areas is becoming a dangerous trend. Compounding the problem is the “indifferent” attitude of tourists towards nature.



Kumari Selja Urges Service Providers and Stake Holders in Tourism Sector to Make Evident Messages of Zero Tolerance to Any Form of Exploitation of Women and Children in Appropriate Places 
September 27, 2010 - Ministry of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
Stakeholders in tourism sector here today signed a Pledge on Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism in the presence of Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja. The Minister of State for Tourism Shri Sultan Ahmed was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion Kumari Selja said, by signing a Pledge on Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism, we are, in effect highlighting to the world and reaffirming our sense of responsibility towards our guests and to Mother Earth. Here is the full text of Minister’s speech:



Full Text of the Pledge for Commitment Towards Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism 
September 27, 2010 - Ministry of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
Following is the full text of the pledge for commitment towards Safe & Honourable tourism and sustainable tourism. The Pledge was signed by different stakeholders in tourism sector in the presence of Minister of Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja and her deputy Shri Sultan Ahmed in New Delhi today.



Kumari Selja Administers a pledge to Stakeholders of the Tourism, travel and Hospitality Industry to abide by the code of Conduct for safe and Honorable Tourism and Promote Sustainable Tourism 
September 27, 2010 - Ministry of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
On the occasion of the World Tourism Day, 27th September 2010, the Union Ministry of Tourism has taken a gigantic leap forward. The Union Minister of Tourism & Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja administered a Pledge to various stakeholders of the tourism, travel and hospitality industry to abide by the Code of Conduct for Safe and Honorable Tourism and promote Sustainable Tourism.



World Tourism Day Celebrations: Conserving Biodiversity, a Collective Responsibility 
September 27, 2010 - World Tourism Organization - www.unwto.org
The official 2010 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations held in Guangzhou, China, have underscored the need for increased action by the global tourism sector - as one of the world’s leading economic activities - towards the preservation of biological diversity. Jointly organized by UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Guangdong Province, WTD celebrations brought together government representatives from around the world, leading biodiversity researchers, and private industry representatives.



Govt turns to tribal tourism to draw tourists 
September 27, 2010 - Orissa TV - www.orissatv.com
Though the state has potential to be one of the top tourist hot spot, lack of amenities, infrastructure, and connectivity has augmented to the poor tourist inflow to the state for which the state government is now laying emphasis to promoting tribal tourism.



MCD evicts illegal squatters from markets 
September 26, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has jump-ed on the eviction bandwagon. With six days to go for the Games the MCD has intensified the drive to remove all kinds of encroachment from the Games sites and surrounding areas. In separate instances reported from across the Capital, the MCD is removing vegetable and fruit vendors, squatters, hawkers and the like mainly from the area near New Delhi Railway Station, Chelmsford Road, Chitragupta Road, Basant Road among others.



Pledge to promote wetland tourism - Dibrugarh villagers take vow to turn Merbil into favoured destination 
September 26, 2010 - The Telegraph - telegraphindia.com
Thousands of villagers from numerous villages from Sasoni mouza in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district today took a pledge to turn Merbil, a scenic wetland, into a favourite destination for eco-tourism.



Eco-tourism project on anvil in Canacona 
September 26, 2010 - Herald - oheraldo.in
With State’s tourism mainly limited to beaches and religious places with little or no hope to expand further, the days are now literarily numbered for the people looking at different tourism avenues, as a harmonious and most prolific eco-tourism project is on the anvil in the hinterlands of Canacona taluka.



Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2011 to put North Eastern states of India in spotlight 
September 25, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has decided to dedicate the ninth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2011, to be held from January 7-9 in New Delhi, to showcase the North Eastern states of India. The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and eight North Eastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura) are partners of PBD 2011. In order to provide ample opportunity for each state at the event, MOIA has decided to organise a special plenary session for these states, where Chief Ministers of each state can interact with overseas Indians.



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