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Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017

Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra

Corporatising Tourism in Manipur 
April 10, 2017
The Government of Manipur in its endeavour to provide job opportunities and overall progress in the State
Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 
February 16, 2017
This report explores the inter-linkages between three areas: children, tourism and migration
‘It’s Time Tourism Industry Took Difficult Decisions To Stay Responsible And Sustainable: Experts' 
January 23, 2017

Tourism industry experts, industry watchers and advocates of responsible and sustainable tourism...

Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa 
April 01, 2016
Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa

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.

Commonwealth Games tickets now on sale 
June 04, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
Tickets for the Commonwealth Games — at prices ranging from Rs.50 to Rs.50,000 — went on sale Friday, officials said. While ticket prices for the sporting event, to be held here in October, will range from Rs.50 to Rs.1,000, those for the opening ceremony have been pegged from Rs.1,000 to Rs.50,000, Commonwealth Games organising committee (CGOC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi announced.

Govt plans to hide unfinished Games work behind curtains 
June 02, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
What you cannot finish, just cover up. That seems to be Delhi government’s motto, given the scale and pace of last-minute construction work for the Commonwealth Games and the impending rains which may temporarily halt most of the work.

Kerala govt approves Munnar Tourist Zone Ordinance 
June 02, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Kerala government has approved an ordinance for Munnar Tourism Zone which gives control of Munnar town to the government. Announcing the cabinet decision in Thiruvananthapuram today, VS Achuthanandan, Chief Minister, Kerala said that the state government will acquire about 1,036 acre of land in Kannan Devan Village in Devikulam Taluk for development of Munnar as a tourism destination as per the ordinance.

Tigress’ death shakes Madhya Pradesh into action 
June 02, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
A tigress’ death due to a vehicle hit in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh tiger reserve has galvanised authorities into action. Two tourist routes inside the park have been shut down and similar moves are being planned in other tiger reserves in the state.

Total 8,659 hotel rooms completed under ‘definite’ category for CWG 2010: Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, MoT 
June 02, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PIB release, with a view to take stock of the various arrangements related to the augmentation of hotel accommodation coming up for the Commonwealth Games, (CWG) 2010 in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, a high level meeting of the Task Force was held under the chairmanship of Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi recently.

Proposed CRZ amendments fail to entice hoteliers 
June 01, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The proposed Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) amendments 2010, may turn out to be a damp squib for the tourism industry in general and the hospitality industry in particular. Although, the proposal to classify coastal stretch of the country into ‘high erosion zone’, ‘medium erosion zone’ and ‘low or stable zone’ raised some hope in the tourism stakeholders, a thorough reading of the proposed amendments make it clear that it will be a status quo for developments related to tourism in future also.

Brothels get a facelift ahead of Commonwealth Games 
May 30, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Fancy tiles have replaced the otherwise paan-stained walls and English lessons are being given to the residents of a red light area here ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Tar balls, oil layer threaten tourism on Goan beaches 
May 30, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The pre-monsoon appearance of tar balls (blobs of solidified tar) on Goan beaches has begun. But what has caused concern is the thick layer of oil clearly visible in the seawater at the Benaulim beach.

Are you game for the Games? The Delhiite is not (Comment) 
May 30, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
In just about four months, the Indian capital will host one of the biggest sporting events — the Commonwealth Games, 2010 — spending thousands of millions. But the selection trials for the games to finalize the athletes are yet to begin. Countries like New Zealand and Australia have already readied their squads and begun practising.

Benefits of Games will be felt for longer than 15 days 
May 29, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Only for 15 days? That is the question that comes to mind each time I read a report or hear about how much the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is costing us. I shall get to the numbers a little later, but let me first ask: Is the sports and city infrastructure, which is rapidly coming up and making Delhi a more classy megapolis, going to last just 15 days?

Accor receives a WTTC 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Award 
May 28, 2010 - www.travelio.net
Accor has received a 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Award from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The awards recognize best practices in sustainable tourism around the world.

BRIC countries at forefront of tourism growth globally 
May 28, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) will dominate the next 10 to 20 years of global tourism, growing twice as fast as the average country, according to Anna Stupnytska, macro economist from Goldman Sachs.

City to host 2011 World Eco-tourism meet 
May 28, 2010 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking at the launch of a corporate brochure and picture book to commemorate 30 years of Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), he said the international convention centre that is being constructed at Devanhalli Business Park would be ready in time for hosting the event.

Goa tourism banks on Poles and Russians for revival 
May 27, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
After losing on the tourists from Western Europe, Goa is now banking on travellers from Russia and Poland to revive the sagging tourism scene in the state.

Jungle Lodges & Resorts to open five resorts in select places in Karnataka  
May 26, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to an IANS report, Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR), owned and managed by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), is going to expand its operations in Karnataka by opening five eco resorts in select tourism places in the state, in order to promote Ecotourism under public-private partnership.

India fear Commonwealth Games venues will not be ready 
May 26, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
Construction delays have raised fears that Commonwealth Games venues may not be fully ready in time providing a potential embarrassment for India which hopes the Games will showcase its rising economic power.

House boat owners in Kerala approach HC against new safety norms 
May 26, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
House boat owners in Kerala are up in arms against the government’s move to amend safety norms for inland water transport. The owners’ under the banner of all Kerala House Boat Owners’ Association has approached the High Court of Kerala against the proposed safety provisions for inland water transport.

Cop beaten up by suspected drug dealers in Goa 
May 25, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
Four suspected drug dealers Tuesday beat up a police constable attached to the Goa police’s anti-narcotics cell at a beach village here, police said.

Audit shock - A social audit on the working of the ban on child labour in the domestic and hospitality sectors reveals a sorry state of affairs 
May 22, 2010 - www.hinduonnet.com
LIKE any normal child, Illyas from Varanasi, a 13-year-old, wanted to go to a regular school and become an important man some day. But poverty forced him to start working at an eatery for Rs.200 a day so that he could feed his younger siblings. He, however, continues his studies as well and is in class V. But his naive question stupefies all who hear it: “Shouldn't the government help children like us to go to a school without working?”

Kaziranga National Park to be surveyed for tourism impact assessment from May 24-28, 2010 
May 21, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
After completing the audit/survey of Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) along with a team of two faculties from IHM Pusa New Delhi and selected students from IHM Guwahati will now conduct surveys in five other wildlife sanctuaries in the country. The audit report of Corbett National Park had brought to light over-exploitation of the protected park for commercial purposes by hotels and resorts.

Bandhavgarh tigress died due to vehicle hit, say officials 
May 21, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
A tigress which died in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh National Park Wednesday succumbed to internal haemorrhage, confirming apprehensions that it was hit by a vehicle, officials said Friday.

Sex Racket Busted; 14 Arrested 
May 21, 2010 - www.lightofandaman.com
The Andaman and Nicobar Police has busted three sex rackets from different parts of South Andaman region in three different raids and arrested 14 persons. The raids were conducted at Austinabad, Dairy Farm and Aberdeen Bazaar area on Friday, Saturday and Monday respectively. In the first raid two ladies and an operator, in the second raid seven ladies with a female operator whereas in the third raid this morning two more ladies and an operator were arrested by police.

September 27 - World Tourism Day 2010 to celebrate tourism and biodiversity 
May 21, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
As the world comes together to celebrate 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, UNWTO is happy to announce that the World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, hosted officially this year by China, will take place under the theme, "Tourism and Biodiversity" (September 27, Guangdong Province). The theme provides a unique opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity to tourism and the role of sustainable tourism in the conservation of life on Earth.

Kerala Tourism to launch serviced villas soon 
May 18, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, exploring new options to meet the growing demand for room space in the state, Kerala Tourism is soon going to launch a new initiative called serviced villas. The serviced villas will be independent, furnished homes preferably built in Kerala architecture style. The villas will have a minimum of one room and maximum of six rooms or 12 beds for guests besides a well equipped kitchen with a cook well versed in Kerala cuisine and a qualified person who can speak English.

Gujarat Tourism to come up with new Tourism Policy: Vipul Mittra, Secretary Tourism, Gujarat 
May 18, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Gujarat Tourism is currently studying the draft of the new Tourism Policy submitted by Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI). The new Tourism Policy is expected to address major issues related to the growth of tourism in the state. Speaking with Hospitality Biz, Vipul Mittra, Secretary Tourism, Gujarat said that the new Policy will be ‘pro-active’ in the sense that it will address various issues like taxation, prohibition, fiscal incentives, land banking, etc.” Mittra added that the state government might consider easing the liquor permit system in the state through this Policy. The new Tourism Policy might also consider permitting hotels at select tourist destinations, especially beach resorts, to serve liquor to guests.

Goa gets new vehicles to patrol beaches 
May 16, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
To curb the spate of crimes against foreign tourists in Goa, a tourism trade body Saturday donated 15 jeeps and seven motorcycles to the state government to enable the patrolling of beaches.

Mahabaleshwar strawberry gets Geographical Indication status 
May 15, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Budget travellers to Delhi during the Commonwealth Games in October this year could expect better facilities in Delhi hotels. The Delhi government has relaxed its policy on Luxury Tax. Hotels won’t have to pay luxury tax on rooms priced at up to Rs 1,000 per day. Earlier, the limit was Rs 500 per day.

Delhi govt reduces Luxury Tax in hotels 
May 15, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Budget travellers to Delhi during the Commonwealth Games in October this year could expect better facilities in Delhi hotels. The Delhi government has relaxed its policy on Luxury Tax. Hotels won’t have to pay luxury tax on rooms priced at up to Rs 1,000 per day. Earlier, the limit was Rs 500 per day.

Child labour rampant in hotels and dhabas around Pune 
May 14, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nearly 90 per cent of the 601 hotels and dhabas in a 15-km radius outside the Pune Municipal Corporation limit employ children under the age of 14. A sample survey conducted by Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), an umbrella organisation of various individuals and groups working on child right issues, said 88.51 per cent of these hotels violate the law.

Child abuse rampant in Kovalam, says study 
May 14, 2010 - english.manoramaonline.com
Famous as a tourists’ paradise, nearby Kovalam beach town has been hit by rampant incidents of sexual and physical abuse of children in the 12-18 age group, according to a study.

DoNER in process of preparing Tourism Master Plan for North Eastern region 
May 14, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is in the process of preparing a Tourism Master Plan for North East region. An official from DoNER stated that as envisaged in Vision 2020 North Eastern Region document, the region needs to brand itself and the tag-line 'paradise unexplored' will be promoted as North Eastern tourism brand under North East Tourism Master Plan.

MoT to formulate stringent approval norms for tourism development projects 
May 13, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In order to make tourism development projects more environmental-friendly and sustainable, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, will make approval norms more stringent for projects involving central funding. Similarly, sustainability aspects will also be included in the classification norms for hotels and other tourism products in the country. This was informed by Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism while inaugurating the 25th Som Nath Chib Memorial Seminar of Inder Sharma Foundation in New Delhi last week. She said that MoT is ‘sensitive’ to issues related with Sustainable Tourism.

Maharashtra Govt decides to use No Development Zones to Tourism Development Zones 
May 08, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Maharashtra Government has decided to turn several No Development Zones (NDZ) to Tourism Development Zones (TDZ). Moreover, it has also decided to double the existing Floor Space Index (FSI) for buildings in these areas, making it an attractive proposition for the hotel industry.

CCTVs made mandatory in Delhi guest houses approved for Commonwealth Games 
May 07, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a report in PTI, to ensure foolproof security during the Commonwealth Games (CWG), close circuit televisions (CCTVs) have been made mandatory in approved guest houses in New Delhi. This information was provided by Sultan Ahmed, Minister of State for Tourism in the Lok Sabha.

DDA lost Rs 150 cr on C'wealth Games Village project: CAG 
May 07, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Apex auditor CAG today said the Delhi Development Authority incurred losses of over Rs 150 crore in its dealings with Emaar MGF Construction, the developer of residences at the Commonwealth Games Village.

Ministry of Tourism Says Tiger Reserves in India to Remain Open for Tourism 
May 05, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
There are reports in both national and international Media that the Government was planning to stop tourism activities in the country’s Tiger Reserves. There is no such plan or proposal.

Press Statement of Shri. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forest, Govt of India on 4th May 2010 
May 04, 2010 - Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India
My attention has been drawn to some news reports that the Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning a ban on tourism in tiger reserves. I would like to state categorically that there is NO SUCH PROPOSAL.

MP to develop water tourism 
May 04, 2010 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Madhya Pradesh, known as the ‘Tiger State’, has identified water tourism as another area to attract tourists and is looking forward to the participation of private players in investing and developing some sites.

U'khand to restrict tourists in eco-sensitive zones 
May 03, 2010 - www.business-standard.com
Gangotri, Valley of Flowers and other highly eco-sensitive zones of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand may be becoming hot sites on the tourist map.

Memorandum on Constitution of Committee for Conservation of Kolleru Lake Sanctuary-29th Apr 2010 
April 29, 2010 - Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India
During the 18th meeting of Standing Committee of NBWL held on 12th April, 2010 the issue regarding reduction of boundaries of Kolleru Lake Sanctuary from + 5 to +3 contours was considered. It was decided to constitute an Expert Committee to study the issue in greater detail and to recommend to the Government the merits and demerits of the proposal of Andha Pradesh assembly for reduction of the Sanctuary.

UNWTO reports +7% growth in tourism during first two months 
April 28, 2010 - www.moodiereport.com
International tourism is steadily gaining momentum following an extremely challenging 2009, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

India to stop tiger tourism in attempt to prevent species extinction 
April 28, 2010 - www.timesonline.co.uk
For centuries, the prospect of spotting a Bengal tiger in the wild has been a highlight of visiting India. Now the Government is to end the spectacle amid fears that the species is being “loved to death” by visitors desperate for a glimpse of tigers in the wild.

Illegal tourism puts lives at risk 
April 28, 2010 - www.thehindu.com
The wildlife habitat and core forest area of the Bandipur National Park is frequently swamped with private tour operators entering the national park illegally from Kerala. They put the lives of tourists at risk and also disturb the animals.

Police crackdown on child abuse welcomed 
April 27, 2010 - www.cathnewsindia.com
Church people and human rights activists have welcomed a police clampdown on sex tourism in Puri, a coastal town in Orissa.

WTTC: Travel and Tourism demands 21st century thinking for future sustainability 
April 27, 2010 - www.hospitalitynet.org
The voice of the world's 100 foremost Travel & Tourism leaders, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments and organisations such as the United Nations, European Commission, G8 and G20, to re-examine the way policies that affect global Travel& Tourism are co-ordinated and implemented.

Govt to permit sea-side hotels 
April 26, 2010 - www.oheraldo.in
The Centre has decided to permit beach resorts and hotels on the sea side under a new dispensation except in the ecologically sensitive areas like marine parks, mangroves, coral reefs, wildlife habitats and breeding and spawning grounds of fish.

New coastal regulation zone notification this year  
April 23, 2010 - www.thehindu.com
The government plans to bring the sea along the Indian coasts under the ambit of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guidelines and strengthen enforcement provisions.

Building curbs in the islands of Kerala's backwaters to be eased 
April 23, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The islands in the backwaters of Kerala will witness a flurry of development activities as the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest has proposed to reduce the ‘No Development Zone' to 50 metres against the existing 200 metres from the High Tide Line. The relaxation will be for construction of dwelling units. “A special dispensation for coastal stretches of Kerala is proposed to be provided which will include a 50m ‘No Development Zone' along all backwater islands,” according to the Ministry. The case of Kerala was considered along with Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai, which also have thickly populated coastal areas.

Expedia.com offers more than 1,700 green-certified hotel destinations 
April 23, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2010), Expedia.com has expanded its Green Hotel programme. The new programme now offers more than 1,700 ‘green’ hotels to travellers who prioritise environmental sustainability. These hotels are certified by a cross-section of organisations, including Green Seal, Green Key, LEEDS and STEP.

Hilton Worldwide unveils LightStay, to calculate and analyse environmental impact 
April 22, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Hilton Worldwide has unveiled LightStay, a proprietary system developed to calculate and analyse environmental impact, following two years of rigorous internal testing. In the first full-year of findings, the 2009 LightStay results show that the 1,300 Hilton Worldwide properties using the system, conserved enough energy to power 5,700 homes for a year, saved enough water to fill more than 650 Olympic-size pools and reduced carbon output equivalent to taking 34,865 cars off the road. Reductions in water and energy use also translated into dollars-saved for hotel owners, with estimated savings of more than USD 29 million in utility costs in 2009.

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