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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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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.



MOT asks MCD to expedite issuing of licences to guest houses in Delhi 
June 08, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is believed to have asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to expedite the process of issuing of licences to guest houses in Delhi. Besides, guest house owners can avail interest subsidy scheme for upgradation of guest house facilities before the Commonwealth Games.



MPBC to make mandatory setting up of sewage plants in hotels, clubs and resorts 
June 07, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Maharashtra Pollution Board Control (MPBC) has decided that it will be mandatory for hotels, clubs and resorts to install sewage plants within their premises to help recycle 80 per cent of sewage water for non-potable use. The decision was taken as 50 per cent of the non-potable sewage water was flushed into the sea, affecting marine life. A senior official from the MPBC said that the decision was taken last month, which will not only help to save the environment, but conserve water too.



Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister launches Ecotourism Policy 
June 07, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, the Tamil Nadu government today launched an Ecotourism Policy which will facilitate conservation and preservation of the state’s natural resources. The Policy, formally released by M K Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, provides strategic direction to engage local communities, tourists, forest officials, government and other stakeholders in promoting effective Ecotourism activities resulting in conservation and preservation of natural resources.



In 3 days, tickets worth Rs 1 cr sold 
June 06, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Commonwealth Games organisers have already sold Rs 1 crore worth of tickets for various events, barely three days after the sale of tickets opened for the public.



Goa's underwater relics under threat: Marine scientists 
June 05, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
A combination of scuba gear equipped treasure hunters and government apathy is gnawing away at Goa's underwater heritage, according to scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), a central marine research institute.



Guest house owners’ associations in Delhi demand involvement in MoT’s ‘interest subsidy’ scheme 
June 04, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
With the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) recently sanctioning ‘interest subsidy’ scheme for upgradation of guest house facilities before Commonwealth Games, to commence in October this year, various guest house owners associations in Delhi have demanded involvement in identification and loan disbursal process of the scheme. As per the scheme, MoT will offer Rs two lakh per room and a maximum of Rs 60 lakh per guest house. The scheme will be operated through Tourism Finance Corporation of India and scheduled and nationalised banks.



Campaign launched for responsible tourism in Himalayas 
June 04, 2010 - www.thaindian.com
Seeking to encourage tour operators and tourists to adopt better practices for disposal of waste in the Himalayas and protect the fragile ecosystem, the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) Friday launched the Green Hiker campaign here.



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.



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