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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.

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 Gods 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.

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.

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