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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.

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 Rajivs 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 villagers 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 arent 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.

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 MoTs 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.

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