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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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Hospitality Education 
August 20, 2010 - Ministy of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
Minister of State for Tourism Shri Sultan Ahmed has said that at present, there are 33 functional Central and State Institutes of Hotel Management affiliated to National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology. A list of these Institutes is at Annexure.



Modification of Guidelines 
August 18, 2010 - Ministy of Environment and Forests, PIB, Government of India
No proposal has been received from the Ministry of Tourism to modify the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 1991 to give boost to tourism industry.



4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism to be held in Oman from October 10-12, 2010 
August 18, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Dr Venu V, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Government of Kerala, is among a host of eminent speakers who will highlight important issues connected with Responsible Tourism at the fourth International Conference on Responsible Tourism (ICRT) to be held in Oman from October 10-12, 2010. Dr. Rajiha Abdul Amir Ali, Minister of Tourism, Oman will host the Conference along with Dr. Harold Godwin, Founder, International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University as the Co-Chairperson.



India and Mexico to Promote Bilateral Tourism Cooperation 
August 17, 2010 - Ministy of Tourism, PIB, Government of India
A five-member delegation led by Minister for Tourism, Mexico, Smt. Gloria Guevara called on Minister for Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja here today. During their 40-minute meeting, both sides agreed to promote cooperation in tourism sector between the two countries. Welcoming the visiting dignitary, Kumari Selja said that India deeply admire the uniqueness of Mexican culture and heritage which has been preserved and conserved over the years.



Guest house owners in New Delhi to undertake joint advertisement campaigns 
August 16, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Peeved by the attitude of Games Travel Office (GTO), guest house owners in New Delhi might resort to joint advertisement campaigns in leading national media to inform that they are ready to provide affordable accommodations during the Commonwealth Games 2010. The Guest House Owners’ Associations from Karol Bagh, Pahargaj and Mahipalpur will meet in a couple of days to decide on the campaign as they haven’t received any bookings from the GTO so far.



Coastal zone panel lacks teeth: chief 
August 16, 2010 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority has been unsuccessful in curbing the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) violations as it lacks the implementation mechanism, said C.T.S. Nair, chairman of the authority. Hence it could not adopt a pro-active stand towards CRZ issues in the State.



Tourist spots, hotels may get CWG boost 
August 16, 2010 - The Financial Express - www.financialexpress.com
Tourist spots and hotels in hill stations like Shimla, Nainital and Mussoorie are expected to rake in the moolah with increased tourist inflow during the Commonwealth Games as schools and colleges will remain closed in the capital, an industry body study has said.



New Delhi sees less number of hotel bookings for upcoming CWG 2010 
August 11, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The numbers of bookings for hotel rooms during the upcoming Commonwealth Games, to be held from October 3-14, 2010 in New Delhi, are extremely low. According to a report in Times of India, sources in the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) have confirmed that bookings for rooms are low, with the Games Travel Office (GTO), which is coordinating the accommodation for both delegates and visitors, reporting bookings in single digits.



Few guesthouse bookings make investors nervous 
August 10, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
S.P. Singh, a subscriber of the guesthouse scheme for the Commonwealth Games, is not very optimistic about the number of visitors that would travel to Ghaziabad for accommodation during the Games. And he is worried he would lose returns on the investment. The scheme, which opened in Ghaziabad district, has only four finished guesthouses — out of 17 applicants — in Surya Nagar, Ramprastha, Chandra Nagar and Kaushambi.



JLR to launch Jungle Camps & Trails at 11 destinations in Karnataka 
August 10, 2010 - Hospitality Biz India.Com - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In a major initiative to promote eco-friendly tourism in the state, Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR), owned and managed by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), along with Department of Forest, Karnataka will set up 110 tented accommodation- Jungle Camps & Trails at 11 jungle sites. Except one, all these tented accommodation will be along the Western Ghats of Karnataka.



Bid to regulate Sunderbans tourism Govt 
August 09, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In a belated but welcome move, the state forest department has sought to regulate tourism in the buffer area of the Sunderbans. Over the past few years, the buffer area has witnessed "exponential" growth in tourism, violating the fundamental bio-diversity norms of this eco-sensitive zone.



Kumari Selja Catapults Indian Tourism to a New Era of Sustainable Tourism 
August 09, 2010 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India
All the stakeholders in the tourism sector in the country have agreed to adopt the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India. The agreement was evolved at a Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India. The Union Ministry of Tourism at the behest of Kumari Selja, Minister of Tourism and HUPA organized the conference in New Delhi recently.



Vanxim locals oppose tourism project on tenanted land 
August 09, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Islanders of Vanxim  in Sao Mathias panchayat, Malar, have pledged to oppose attempts made by what they termed 'vested interests to dispossess them of their tenanted and mundkarial land for a tourism project and real estate'.



Delhi to get first tourist police station 
August 08, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Delhi will soon get its first police station catering specially to foreign tourists visiting the city for the Commonwealth Games and the policemen posted there will have a good command over English, officials said. The new station, which is to start by the end of this month, would come up at Paharganj in central Delhi, an area that attracts lots of foreign tourists and backpackers thanks to the budget accommodation it offers. The locality has more than 901 guest houses and hotels.



Ramesh asks Madhya Pradesh to scrap new tourist scheme 
August 07, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Centre on Saturday asked Madhya Pradesh to immediately scrap its new scheme of allowing tourists to trek along with forests guards in national parks, citing threat to animals from poachers who may take advantage by posing as visitors.



Statewide protests against SEZ bill 
August 06, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
People from the Gorai and Uttan villages along with anti-Special Economic Zone (SEZ) activists across the state will be blocking the road towards Gorai on Sunday morning. This block will kick off a series of protests lined up in five other locations in the state —Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Nagpur and Raigad on Monday.



Cost of developing tourism discussed 
August 06, 2010 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Environmental challenges associated with tourism, managing mass tourism and conservation of natural resources were some of the issues discussed at a seminar on ‘Sustainable Tourism 2010: Prospects and Challenges for India,' here on Thursday.



During games, cops to double up as tourist guides 
August 06, 2010 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
The Delhi Police is confident that its Tourist Police squads will act as tourist guides and save over a lakh foreign tourists — who are expected to visit Delhi during the  Commonwealth Games — from being harassed by touts, which are a menace for foreign tourists and an embarrassment to the nation.



Basic rights of children violated at CWG sites: report 
August 04, 2010 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Construction workers' children at the Commonwealth Games sites are deprived of sanitation, schooling and healthcare, said a report released here on Wednesday.



Why it's Ah! Taj for foreign tourists 
August 04, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Visiting the monument of love could be quite a pain. Ask a random foreign tourist. Two out of ten foreigners are said to go back with bitter memories of their Taj-experience. The irritant could be anything from too elaborate or too intimate frisking to a long wait at the entry, a 3.5 kilometre of walk in or around the Taj and zero medical assistance in case of an emergency.



DoT, Govt of Tamil Nadu forms Tourism Security Organisation at five tourist destinations 
August 04, 2010 - Travel Biz Monistor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Tamil Nadu has formed Tourism Security Organisation (TSO) at five important tourist destinations, in order to provide security to visitors and ensure that Tamil Nadu is a safe destination for visitors, including foreigners. According to a report in The Hindu, the TSO have been formed in Mamallapuram, Kodaikanal, Udhagamandalam, Rameswaram and Kanyakumari.



Rs 7,000-cr plan on cards for Aarey tourism zone 
July 23, 2010 - The Times Of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The verdant, 3,162-acre Aarey Milk Colony could soon become more accessible and attractive to the public, with the state's dairy development department working on an ambitious Rs 7,000-crore plan to develop an entertainment zone, dairy institute, aquarium, biodiversAAREY.TIMd other attractions at one of Mumbai's most important green lungs.



Eco-tourism: Need for separate wing 
July 21, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Considering that eco-tourism has huge potential in Goa, Goa assembly's ad hoc committee on tourism has recommended setting up of an independent eco-tourism enforcement wing to provide policy support for eco-tourism in the state.



Mangrove theme park closed following Central order 
July 20, 2010 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
The Pappinisseri Eco-Tourism Society closed down its mangrove theme park on the northern bank of the Valapattanam river on Monday after it was served a copy of the order of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests by the State Coastal Zone Management Authority.



Predators on the Prowl 
July 19, 2010 - India Today
As child sex abusers find new hunting grounds in Kerala, the police struggle to get their act together!

For over 20 years, Jakub Spalti, a Swiss tourist now aged 82, was a regular visitor to the famed Kovalam beach in Thiruvananthapuram. Giving English lessons to boys from poor families, he was a familiar face for the locals. But that was to change two years ago, when a complaint from two children compelled the Kerala Police to register a case of child abuse against Spalti, leading to hls arrest and the confiscation of his passport. Spalti then jumped bail and has since disappeared, though many in Kovalam say he has been visiting the beach.



GTO to negotiate room rates with guest house owners in Delhi 
July 19, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Games Travel Office (GTO) of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee will negotiate the room rates with guest house owners’ representatives in Delhi at the behest of Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India. GTO is believed to have approached the MoT to help it bring the guest house owners to the negotiating table in order to fix the rates for guest houses especially from Paharganj area as soon as possible.



Rs 744cr dalit fund diverted for Games 
July 16, 2010 - The Times of India - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The state government has over the past five years been systematically diverting funds meant for the development of Scheduled Caste communities to projects related to the Commonwealth Games, a reply to an RTI query has revealed. Since 2006, Rs 744 crore has been used up from the Scheduled Caste sub plan fund for Games-related projects of various departments.



Curbs imposed on Kerala eco-tourism project 
July 15, 2010 - Mathrubhumi - www.mathrubhumi.com
The ministry of environment and forests has halted all activities related to the construction of a mangrove theme park in Kerala's Kannur district due to fears of environmental damage.



NGO expresses concern over tourism Bill 
July 12, 2010 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Equations, a research, campaigning and advocacy organisation, has expressed concern over the Kerala Tourism (Conservation & Preservation of Areas) Amendment Bill 2010 on the grounds that it will usurp the powers and mandate of local self-governing institutions.



Tourism Act encroaches upon powers of LSGs: NGO 
July 10, 2010 - The New Indian Express - www.expressbuzz.com
Equations, a leading NGO working for sustainable tourism, has criticised the Kerala Tourism (Conservation and Preservation of Areas) Act, 2010,  saying that the Act, like its earlier 2005 version, encroaches upon the powers of the local self-governments.



Protectors turn tiger-killers 
July 01, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tiger conservation in Madhya Pradesh is suffering at the hands of its protectors. From speeding forest jeeps to guards believing in the occult, tigers continue to succumb at the hands of those who swear to shelter them.



Now, a Las Vegas in dry Gujarat 
July 01, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dry Gujarat is all set to get its biggest watering hole in a desert. This could be a jackpot for a state struggling to boost its tourism. The Gujarat government is betting big on Casino Zone, replete with bars to draw visitors.



Govt plans tough anti-touting law 
June 29, 2010 - epaper.dailypioneer.com
The city may soon get a stringent anti-touting law with the Delhi Government drafting a Bill to deal with touts harassing and duping tourists. Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said the Government was considering making the legislation as police had been pushing for it vigorously in the wake of rising cases of violence and harassment of tourists by touts. Two Dutch women tourists were allegedly raped several times in last five months by two men posing as tourist guides who also robbed them of their money. The incident came to light last week.



Sonia invokes Rajivís dream as Rohtang Tunnel work begins 
June 29, 2010 - www.indianexpress.com
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday laid the foundation stone for the long awaited Rohtang Tunnel project and reiterated the present regime’s commitment to include border areas in the burgeoning network of national highways as part of an effort to develop new infrastructural projects in these areas.



Jairam warns against villagersí eviction from reserves 
June 28, 2010 - dailypioneer.com
Relocation of villages from tiger reserves may henceforth have a more “humane face” with Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh warning against “forcible eviction” of villagers saying, “We will slash funds, if found so.”



Sea Rock revamp clears green hurdle 
June 27, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
The biggest hurdle in the redevelopment of hotel Sea Rock in Bandra, shut ever since it was hit during the 1993 serial blasts, has been cleared.



Games arenít a waste: Sheila to Aiyar 
June 26, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit is upset with former Union Sports Minister and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for reportedly terming the Commonwealth Games an “enormous waste of money”.



India Remains Hub of Child Trafficking, Says State Dept 
June 24, 2010 - www.indiawest.com
India is a major hub of human trafficking in forced labor and sexual exploitation, especially of children, noted the U.S. State Department in a report released June 16.



IGI Terminal 3 gives Delhi new high 
June 24, 2010 - economictimes.indiatimes.com
If airports are an indication of a country’s economic progress, then India has certainly arrived on the world stage. While China may have been the first to draw world attention by building state-of-the-art transport systems, its Asian neighbour is now catching up, projecting the new, swanky Terminal 3 (T3) at IGI as an example of country’s growing prosperity and confidence.



100 days to CWG 2010 
June 24, 2010 - www.livemint.com
According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 is likely to push India’s Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) through tourism alone in 2010 to an estimated level of over USD 16,915 million, as these are expected to grow at a cumulative rate of 20 per cent in the next two years. Through tourism industry last year, FEE’s were measured at USD 11,747 million.



Traffic police begin removing beggars 
June 19, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
The Delhi Traffic Police have identified several locations in the city where huge number of beggars operate from and deployed its men to remove all of them.



Govt bid to acquire Trivandrum Golf Club rejected 
June 18, 2010 - epaper.dailypioneer.com
In a snub to the Left-ruled Kerala Government, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hand over the sole ownership of the 25-acre Trivandrum Golf Club to the State-owned Kerala sports council.



Goa is not India's rape capital: Minister 
June 17, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa's tourism minister Nilkant Halarnkar on Thursday said it would take time to stop rave parties, notorious for drug abuse, in the tourist-favoured coastal belt of the state.



Delhi gets Rs 200 crore extra pocket money 
June 17, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
The Capital got more money for this financial year than what it asked for, courtesy the Commonwealth Games. The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the city's annual plan of Rs 11,400 crore, Rs 200 crore more than what Delhi had asked for.



New eco-tourism policy offers much promise 
June 14, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The new Eco Tourism Policy of Tamil Nadu, made public by the Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on June 7, promises to provide a new dimension to tourism in the Temple City.



Greens petition against Munnar Ordinance 
June 11, 2010 - expressbuzz.com
The Madhavan Pillai Foundation, in a petition, has requested Governor R S Gavai not to accord sanction to the Ordinance for taking over 1,036 acres of land in Munnar for setting up a tourism township.



CRY to start month long campaign on World Anti Child Labour Day from June 12 to July 12, 2010 
June 10, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
CRY (Child Rights and You) has partnered with a number of restaurants across Mumbai to spread the message of saying no to child labour. On the occasion of World Anti Child Labour Day, which falls on June 12, CRY will start a month long campaign ‘Treat Right’ project from June 12 to July 12, 2010. Aromas, Valhalla, Lemongrass, Potpourri, Asia 7, Punjab Grill and Theobroma are some of the restaurants, which have partnered with CRY for this project. There are 17 million child labourers in India, the highest number in the world. 85 per cent of working children are in the unorganised sectors.



Unbridled tourism affecting dolphins 
June 08, 2010 - epaper.dailypioneer.com
After affecting reserves of the national animal, unregulated tourism is also taking a toll on the habitat of the national aquatic animal, the dolphin. The Environment Ministry has minced no words saying that uncontrolled flow of tourists in the tiger reserves is one of the biggest threats to the population of the large cats today. Wildlife experts have now raised alarm on the perils of the habitat of the critically endangered dolphins, particularly the species of Platanista gangetica (Ganges River Dolphin) and Orcaella brevirostris (Irrawaddy dolphins).



Street vendors association slams MCD 'eviction threat' 
June 08, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
An association of street vendors today slammed the MCD for its "threat" to evict roadside hawkers ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the city and said it will continue the "fight for rights".



Concern over Munnar tourism project 
June 08, 2010 - www.thehindu.com
A workshop to discuss the State government's tourism development plan for Munnar, held here on Monday, expressed concern that it would do irreparable damage to the ecology and climate pattern of this sensitive region in the Western Ghats.



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