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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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Mega Tourism Project in Orissa 
September 24, 2010 - Ministry of Tourism, PIB Government of India
Infrastructure development and promotion of tourism is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations themselves. However, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism projects, identified in consultation and interaction with them, subject to availability of funds and inter-se priority under various schemes of the Ministry.



MTDC withdraws projects in Gorai, Manori 
September 24, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has withdrawn its tender notice inviting bids for development of various tourism projects on lands admeasuring nearly 50 lakh square metres, which surround fishermen colonies of Gorai and Manor. The decision was communicated to the Bombay High Court on Thursday during hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Gorai Machhimar Sahakari Sanstha, Manor Fishermen Sarvodaya Sanstha and some other fishermen groups.



Hoteliers in Punjab unhappy with new tourism law and hotel policy 
September 23, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The hotel industry of Punjab has objected to the new tourism law and hotel policy, the draft of which is ready to be submitted to the government. Hotel association members from Punjab met Hira Singh Gabria, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab in Ludhiana and said that if this policy was implemented, the stringent laws would shut down the hotel industry in Punjab.



Magsaysay Award winner seeks Games Village demolition 
September 23, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Almost a year after the Supreme Court held that the Commonwealth Games Village was not constructed on Yamuna's riverbed, noted environmentalist and Magsaysay Award winner Rajender Singh has yet again sought a review of the order claiming that the Games Village should be demolished to save Yamuna's ecosystem.



UNWTO report highlights impact of demographic change on tourism  
September 23, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Demographic change will have major implications for the tourism sector over the coming decades, but also presents important opportunities. This is among the central findings of the recently published United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/European Travel Commission (ETC) report on ‘Demographic Change and Tourism’.



Indian Coast Guard, DoT, Govt of Goa to clean major beaches in Goa on September 25, 2010 
September 20, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Indian Coast Guard in collaboration with Department of Tourism, Government of Goa will observe International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 25 at all major beaches of Goa from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. Besides, beachside hotels, non-governmental organisations and voluntary organisations have shown their interest to participate in the event.



Kashmir unrest has led to loss of Rs 26,000 crore business 
September 19, 2010 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, which is more than 100 days old now and has seen the Valley losing over 100 lives, has resulted in a loss of over Rs 26,000 crore worth of business, valuable academic session and public property worth crores.



Alappuzha’s Rs.50 crore mega tourism project gets underway 
September 18, 2010 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Nearly a year after the district administration and the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) submitted to the Centre a Rs.50 crore mega tourism project for the district, there are finally signs of progress.



This year, 801 applicants vie for 346 beach shacks 
September 18, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The tourism department has received a total of 801 applications to erect beach shacks in the coming tourist season. There has been an increase in the demand for beach shacks from the previous season's 638 applications.



A blizzard of bloomers on new Delhi tourism website 
September 17, 2010 - indian express.com - www.indianexpress.com
Delhi doesn’t have a beach and neither does it snow here, but its tourism website is hardselling pictures of both along with “rock climbing at the Garden of Five Senses”. Plus, it also suggests visitors to the city must watch the latest Bollywood flicks at the Chanakya Cinema, which incidentally was pulled down over a year ago.



India bags international tourism awards 
September 17, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
New Delhi: India on Friday won three prestigious awards at the international travel mart in Macau for its rural and eco-tourism projects, an official said here. At a glittering function organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart, the tourism ministry bagged the PATA Grand Award and two PATA Gold Awards, the official said.



Child rights' breach: notice to Games OC 
September 16, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Coming to the rescue of the children of migrant labourers working at the Commonwealth Games sites, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has served notices to the Organising Committee and various government agencies. Acting on a report by the NGO Child Relief and You (CRY), the DCPCR said the basic rights of the children of the migrant labourers have been violated.



Tourism one of the major causes of climate change, says filmmaker 
September 16, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In one frame, Indian farmers talk about their crops failing due to the lack of rain. In another, foreign tourists in Mamallapuram go into raptures about the magic of India  that draws them to it again and again. Are the two related? In author and filmmaker Pamela Nowicka's view, yes, as tourism is one of the major causes of climate change.



Willingdon Island all set for a makeover 
September 16, 2010 - express buzz - expressbuzz.com
One of the largest artificial islands in the state, Willingdon Island, will soon get a facelift with the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) planning a complete makeover of the place where the container movement in Kerala is concentrated.



'Delhi Celebrates' the Games spirit 
September 16, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Commonwealth Games will not just be restricted to sporting events. It is going to be one of the biggest shows Delhi has every hosted showcasing country's rich and diverse culture of dance, art, music, theatre and culinary expertise. While the sporting extravaganza would run for 10 days, from October 4 to 13, the 'Delhi Celebrates' festival will entertain tourists - both Indian and foreign - as well as the locals for two months.



Games bonanza: Wine at city guest houses 
September 15, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Relaxing its liquor license policy further, the Delhi Government will allow the guest houses to serve liquor in the rooms in view of the Commonwealth Games beginning from October 3. The Delhi Government expects lakhs of tourists during the Games. This is the first time that the Delhi Government is all set to allow guest houses to serve liquor in the rooms. The L3 licence for the guest houses would be based on the number of rooms available. The Government is bringing a note to this effect before the Cabinet.



Andhra Pradesh govt formulates new Tourism Policy to attract investments 
September 14, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Andhra Pradesh government has come up with a new Tourism Policy with incentives to attract investments into several tourism spots and metros like Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam. According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, Dr J Geeta Reddy, Tourism and Information Minister, Andhra Pradesh said that K Rosaiah, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh will announce the Policy on September 27, 2010 (World Tourism Day). Earlier, the Chief Minister gave his approval to the policy.



Can’t complete it? Cover it up! 
September 14, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Desperate times call for desperate measures. With less than 18 days left for the Commonwealth Games, the organising committee (OC) has gone into a damage control mode. Unable to complete work on a number of buildings, structures and slum clusters, it has started using wall wraps to cover them up.



CWG: Delhi hotels see a drop in bookings 
September 14, 2010 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
With only 19 days remaining to the start of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, there’s speculation among hoteliers whether they are going to have enough tourists pouring into the capital city for the sporting extravaganza or not. Hotels that were getting ready to receive the world now fear they may have to face huge losses.



Ooty, Tamil Nadu to soon get ropeway: A Raja, Union Communications Minister, GoI 
September 13, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, in Tamil Nadu will soon have another tourist attraction -- a ropeway. A Raja, Union Communications Minister, Government of India (GoI) and Nilgiris MP is seeking to expedite the long-pending passenger ropeway project. “A ropeway of international standards will be set up in Ooty region of the Nilgiris soon and a private player in the field from Himachal Pradesh has been called for a project report,” said Raja.



Indian govt may allow airlines to use foreign debt to repay local loans 
September 13, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), the policymaking arm of the Finance Ministry, has called for exempting airlines from a regulation barring Indian companies from using foreign debt, commonly referred to as External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) to repay loans from local banks.



No choice, work in dire straits 
September 13, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The River Yamuna has submerged the hopeless tin dwellings that innumerable workers had been managing with near the Games village in mid-August. "We had hurriedly evacuated the tin shelter where we lived when the water started rising around midnight on August 20," recalled 18-year-old Hariya, who hails from Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh.



More tourists in God’s Own Country 
September 13, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
The Kerala Tourism has successfully withstood the negative effects of the recession and the financial bubble burst in Dubai registering an impressive growth in tourist arrivals in the first six months of the year.



HRAH demands complete waiver of Luxury Tax in Haryana 
September 11, 2010 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Hotel & Restaurant Association of Haryana (HRAH) has demanded complete waiver of Luxury Tax in Haryana. The Association, along with Haryana Chamber of Commerce & Industry, has submitted a memorandum to Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana for the same.



Tale of a highway. This is what a Rs.11,000 cr road looks like, with the blood of farmers on it 
September 11, 2010 - Tehelka Magazine - www.tehelka.com
THE TAJ Expressway, now known as the Yamuna Expressway, certainly lives up to its first name for its ambition and grandeur. Connecting Delhi with Agra, the 165 km, eight-lane highway is a work of modern engineering, which passes through more than 1,880 villages in Uttar Pradesh, and in the process, is changing the lives of villagers forever. The tractors that used to plough the 2,400 hectares of agricultural land on either side of the highway are to be replaced by bulldozers and crushers.



‘The CWG will actually be remembered as the Common Whore Games’ 
September 11, 2010 - Tehelka Magazine - www.tehelka.com
In a freewheeling chat, Mani Shankar Aiyar tells VAIBHAV VATS  how he was forced out of the sports ministry and his radical document for sporting revolution junked. And why we should not let ourselves be bullied by Suresh Kalmadi.



Delhi hiding, not cleaning, its debris 
September 11, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Not all Delhiites are happy with the ongoing cleanliness drive for the Commonwealth Games and their grouse is not without reason. The debris being removed from the city is being dumped in residential areas on the outskirts. The reason being their proximity to the official recycling plant at Burari, where the construction debris of Games sites is supposed to be dumped.



Beggars make life of Social Welfare officials difficult 
September 10, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Beggars will continue to beg in the Capital even during the Commonwealth Games. With all efforts to drive out or rehabilitate the beggars of the city to other States having failed, the Delhi Police, according to sources, has said that there is even lack of proper shelter home to house the beggars.



Govt's novel gameplan: Hide beggars in covered parks during CWG 
September 10, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
To keep beggars and destitute away from the public eye especially during the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Government has come up with a plan to lock them away. The government plans to hide them in parks, which will be covered with tents and Games banners. Senior government officials said they have identified several locations where the beggars would be relocated till the Games are over.



Coastline to be free from soil erosion 
September 08, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The state’s 720-km coastline will soon get an eco-friendly way of arresting soil erosion. The state government, in a bid to prevent soil erosion on its coastline, will use geo-textile tubes for arresting silt in the highly eroded areas. The tubes, which are eco-friendly, will be submerged and placed over sand-filled gunny bags. Over the time, a bay will get created and marine life will grow on the tubes creating a reef like structure over the years.



All games works under cvc scanner 
September 08, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Central Vigilance Commission is investigating almost everything related to Commonwealth Games — from display boards to installation of air-conditioners. But, poor response from the project executing agencies is a probable reason for the slow progress of investigations. Most of the cases are related to DDA, Delhi Government and MCD.



Lane violators to lose Rs 2,000, vehicles 
September 08, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
The dedicated lanes for Commonwealth Games will be operational from September 20 and violators will face a fine of `2,000 and their vehicles will be impounded. A notification to this effect has been issued by the Lieutenant Governor's office.



Commonwealth chaos: Village flooded, Army called in 
September 08, 2010 - Livemint.com - www.livemint.com
Delhi health minister Kiran Walia confirmed the army has been approached. A formal communication to the General Officer Commanding, Northern Command, will be sent soon



CWG fails to boost tourist traffic in Delhi and hotel bookings do not pick up 
September 07, 2010 - Yahoo News - in.news.yahoo.com
The Commonwealth Games, 2010 were expected to provide a big boost to the fortunes of hoteliers in Delhi. However, the unfinished Games sites, traffic jams and the spread of dengue are proving to be major dampeners for the city hotels, which are not receiving any fresh advance bookings.



SC to decide on night traffic in tiger reserves 
September 06, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Supreme Court  is likely to decide whether to allow night traffic through tiger reserves or not by this week. The decision can impact tiger protection as night traffic is not allowed in several tiger reserves because of its adverse impact on wildlife and the accidents that kill animals.


Maoism destroys tourism in Junglemahal 
September 06, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
The Maoist menace has decimated the thriving tourism industry in West Bengal’s Junglemahal area spread across three districts, a popular weekend gateway for city-dwellers here.



Rs 750 crore as insurance for the Games 
September 06, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee is seeking a hefty Rs 750-crore insurance cover for the event against cancellation. According to sources, the OC was hopeful the government would take care of everything in case the event was cancelled. After nothing concrete came out of the discussions with government insurance cover, the OC was left with no other option but to insure the Games against cancellation which will cover all eventualities, including cancellation due to terror strike or non transmission of video signals to broadcasters during the event.



Selja: tourism code will be complied with 
September 06, 2010 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has assured senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar of compliance with the code of conduct for safe and honourable tourism during the Commonwealth Games scheduled next month.



Dengue: MCD jittery 
September 03, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is in a spot over the travel advisories issued by 24 countries, including the US, inquiring into the status of dengue outbreak in the city, ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The US sends such warnings for nearly all major international events. It did so even for the cricket World Cup, though almost no Americans are expected for the event. To combat dengue, the civic agency, for the first time, has decided to use a special colourless paint (synthetic Pyrethroid) at all sports and training venues of the Games.



Legacy doesn't look promising 
September 03, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Seven years ago Suresh Kalmadi and Company brought the Commonwealth Games to India and pitched it as New Delhi's ticket to leapfrog into the big league of global cities as the host of a world-class sporting event. Exactly 30 days remain before we can see if the event is as "world class” as they had promised, and if Delhi has really taken that long jump of development.



Illegal eateries to be removed before Games 
September 03, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
That hot cup of tea, crisp omelette and spicy chaat will soon be off city roads. With the Commonwealth Games barely a month away, both the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have started cracking down on illegal roadside eateries, including tea stalls, chaat corners and snacks sellers.



Goa on slippery slope as mystery ship dumps oil 
September 02, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
Thick and dark layers of oil being deposited with each lapping wave along the sun-kissed beaches of Goa could be another ill omen for the Goa tourism industry, which has seen a downswing over the last few years.



Over 20 Countries ask CWG OC about Dengue Situation 
September 01, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Worried over the spread of dengue in Delhi, over 20 countries have written to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee seeking information about the situation and measures being adopted to check the disease ahead of the mega sporting event in New Delhi. A total of 24 countries have asked in writing about the dengue status in the city and whether it has become an epidemic or not. They have sought information about the steps being taken to contain the disease, official sources said.



Two Boeings worth waste in Games 
September 01, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
During the 12-day Commonwealth Games, 163.2 tonne of waste — equal to the weight of two Boeing 747 aircraft — will be generated daily at the venue. The Games Organising Committee (OC) said it has elaborate plans to deal with this monstrous amount of waste. The OC, on Tuesday, said that it has engaged three cleaning vendors to ensure the primary collection of waste across venues.



Siege of Delhi: Call centre cabs won't ply during CWG 
September 01, 2010 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
There’s more trouble brewing for the residents of Delhi during Commonwealth Games. Following the latest brainwave, the traffic police has decided to restrain call centre cabs from entering the city. All BPO managements across NCR have been asked to suspend plying of their vehicles in Delhi during the Games and encourage their employees to use the Metro.



A code of conduct for safe tourism 
September 01, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Ahead of the October 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Union Tourism Ministry is going all out to promote safe tourism in the country.  With apprehensions being raised that sex related tourism might see a spurt during the games, the Tourism Ministry has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs to formulate an integrated strategy for preventing such illegal activities during the games.



Standardize Products to Boost Wellness Tourism: Kumari Selja 
August 27, 2010 - Ministy of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
The Minister for Tourism and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that her Ministry is working on a incentive/subsidy scheme to encourage setting up of budget accommodation through adoption of PPP mode. She said, this will address the core issue of non availability of land and high establishment const. Kumari Selja said, we have been requesting the state governments to create land banks.



India And Srilanka to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation in Tourism Sector; to Exchange Information and Expertise on Urban Poverty Alleviation Programmes 
August 25, 2010 - Ministy of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
The Minister for Economic Development, Srilanka Mr. Basil Rajpaksa called on Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja here today. During their an hour long meeting, both the leaders discussed matters relating to tourism, housing and urban poverty alleviation. Both the sides agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in the tourism sector particularly in the light of the MoU signed in 2004 between India and Srilanka.



MoT to take strict action against guilty officials of New York India Tourism office 
August 25, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In one of the first reactions by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) towards Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG’s) report of irregularities in use of funds against the New York India Tourism office, Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism, Urban Housing & Poverty Alleviation, said that guilty officials will be punished if allegations are found to be correct.  “There is no question of sparing the guilty in this issue,” said Selja while responding exclusively to TravelBiz Monitor.



Stage Set for Sex Tourism to Flourish during Commonwealth Games, New Delhi 
August 21, 2010 - Technorati - technorati.com
It has become an open secret that various international sporting events are best opportunities for the sex industry run by mafias around the world. Since the fall of so-called ‘socialist’ USSR and its disintegration, Russian mafia acquired prominence in world mafia. It is no wonder that the sex industry, one of the core businesses of the mafia kingdoms, is also dominated by the Russian mafia.



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