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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.

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.

Tourism Sector is Not Only a Major Contributor to The Growth of The Economy But a Generator of Employment Opportunities as Well: Kumari Selja 
April 21, 2010 - pib.nic.in - Press Information Bureau
The Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that development of infrastructure holds the key to the growth of tourism and that is why the Government is investing heavily for integrated development of the Infrastructure Sector.

Tourism Activities Around Tiger Reserves 
April 21, 2010 - www.pib.nic.in
Advisories have been issued to tiger range States for regulating tourist visitation in tiger reserves. Further, guidelines have also been issued to phase out tourism activities from the core/critical tiger habitats, while creating buffer in its peripheral areas to mainstream tiger concerns vis-à-vis the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Delhi guest house owners seek redressal of their demands 
April 21, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Delhi Hotel & Restaurant Owners’ Association, an umbrella organisation of budget and guest house owners in Delhi are concerned about the indifference of various government agencies towards the issues raised by them almost a year ago. This apathy, especially on matters like licencing, kitchen-cum-dining hall for in-house guests, they fear, will adversely impact their operations especially during the Commonwealth Games.

CWG opening ceremony to be "best ever": T S Darbari 
April 20, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee Joint Director General, T S Darbari, said that Delhi will host the best ever opening ceremony and ensured that security will be full proof during the October 3-14 quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

April 19, 2010 - www.tourism-review.com
The EU plans to boost tourism industry to fight the economical crisis. The European tourism ministers and Antonio Tajani, the European commissioner for tourism, agreed recently on a new strategy to support the industry, reported Traveller-online.at.

PM for buffer zone around tiger habitats 
April 19, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
To provide interference free home for tigers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to chief ministers of three states, where 70 per cent of tigers live, to impose restrictions on tourism activities and declare inviolate areas for tigers.

FICCI- Evalueserve study reveals 12-point action agenda to boost inbound tourism 
April 17, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) released the FICCI- Evalueserve study on Indian inbound tourism, conducted in association with Evalueserve, during the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2010, which was held from April 1-13, 2010 in Jaipur.

Ladakh peaks opened for tourists ;MHA yet to give green signal 
April 16, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
All the talk of more than 100 Himalayan peaks in Ladakh close to borders with and occupied Kashmir opening for tourists is still a talk. Despite defence ministry's clearance to allow the tourists to visit these peaks and places in October last year, the Union Home Ministry has not given a green signal till date.

President Pratibha Patil to inaugurate Khangchendzonga Tourist Villa 
April 14, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Khangchendzonga Tourist Villa cum socio-cultural amusement park at Ranka, East Sikkim will be inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on April 15, 2010. According to a report in voiceofsikkim.com, this first-of-its-kind mega tourism project in Sikkim, conceived by Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister, Sikkim, is set to be added to the growing tourism itinerary of Sikkim.

Cashing in on Veerappans infamy 
April 14, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
The tourism and forest departments of BJP-governed Karnataka plan to launch terror tourism, based on the life and trails of forest brigand Veerappan, shot down by a special police team in 2004.

Scarlett trial scarring Goa's image in Britain: Tourism body 
April 14, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Blow by blow reportage of the Scarlett Keeling trial is opening up old wounds which have scarred Goa's image in Britain's tourist circuit, a top tourism industry spokesperson has said.

Convergence for Integrated Development of Tourist Destinations 
April 13, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Minister of Tourism, Kumari Selja here today chaired a meeting on the ‘convergence’ with the Ministries of Civil Aviation, Road Transport, Environment and Forest, Culture, Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation and Railways and State Governments which was also participated by the representatives of the travel trade. Minister of Tourism from Andhra Pradesh Dr. J. Geetha Reddy also attended the meeting. The focus of the meeting was on to concentrate on the development of those sites which had the large tourism potential but on account of infrastructure and other bottlenecks, could not flourish. Therefore, it was felt essential to bring all the stakeholders together to deliberate on the strategy that could be pursued accordingly.

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