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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.

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.

CWGs 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.

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.

Alappuzhas 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.

Cant 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.

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