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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.

Rs 687 cr more for CWG  
March 20, 2010 - epaper.timesofindia.com
The cabinet on Friday approved a large infusion of Rs 687.06 crore for the Delhi Commonwealth Games for temporary fittings, fixtures and equipment amid reservations by senior ministers over the manner in which the budget for the mega event had ballooned in the past few months.

CHILD PORN CASE - Fast-track court to try Dutchman 
March 20, 2010 - epaper.timesofindia.com
Expediting the criminal proceedings against Wilhelmus Weijdeveld, a Dutch national facing child pornography charges, a sessions court here has sent the case to a Fast Track Court (FTC) for trial.

Poomala dam to be made tourist centre 
March 20, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will designate on Sunday the premises of the Poomala Dam as a tourist centre. The designation marks the completion of a project of the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) to beautify the premises of the dam, 12 km east of Thrissur city.

Insult to Bachchan, says Oommen Chandy 
March 20, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said here on Friday that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's reported decision not to appoint Amitabh Bachchan as Kerala Tourism's brand ambassador was tantamount to “insulting” the actor. Mr. Chandy told mediapersons that it was improper on the part of the government to have said ‘no' to Mr. Bachchan after first having invited him to be the ambassador. “It is a case of insulting a respected person after inviting him,” he said.

No bikini ban, Goa to unveil beach patrol 
March 20, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
India’s tourism haven Goa will not ban foreigners from frolicking in bikinis on its beaches, a top state official told HT. To curb rising sex crimes, the state will unveil a beach patrol force next month, on the lines of Australia, and in six months, a fast-track court to quickly try sexual crimes against tourists.

Coming soon, Brand Delhi 
March 20, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
Like “God’s Own Country” for Kerala, “Hindustan ka Dil” for Madhya Pradesh, and “Incredible India”, the National Capital, Delhi, will soon get its own unique brand to go with its tourism attractions.

MICE tourism to get a fillip at Kovalam 
March 19, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) Hotels and Resort's convention centre in the sprawling Samudra property at Kovalam will give a fillip to MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Convention and Exhibitions) Tourism in the capital.

Expedia ties up with Green Key, to recognise sustainable hotel operations 
March 18, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Expedia.com, the online travel website has incorporated the Green Key Eco-Rating Programme alongside other sustainability programmes, into a new feature on its website, which will allow listed properties to showcase their commitment to ‘green’ hotel operations. The agreement is part of Expedia’s efforts to upgrade the resources available to eco-conscious travellers within the expedia.com website and the ‘Traveler’s Guide to Going Green’ micro-site.

43 deaths at Games project sites, HC told 
March 18, 2010 - www.indianexpress.com
Forty-three deaths have been recorded at Commonwealth Games construction sites so far, says a report submitted in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.

Commonwealth Games, a boon for Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi 
March 18, 2010 - www.indianexpress.com
The Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, has said the Commonwealth Games will be a boon for New Delhi.

5 Goa cops held for links with Israeli drug dealer 
March 18, 2010 - www.deccanherald.com
Atala alias Yaniv Benahim, an Israeli drug operator who was living illegally in Goa for years, turned himself in last week after a video clip of him uploaded on Youtube showed him bragging about his connections with corrupt policemen in Goa’s Anti-Narcotics Cell.

Selection process for DTPC secretaries modified 
March 18, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The government has modified the selection procedure for appointment of Secretaries of District Tourism Promotion Councils (DTPCs) stating that the present system is ‘not found effective in getting suitable hands.'

Sack unqualified boat drivers: High Court 
March 18, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) for appointing an unqualified person as boat driver and directed it to terminate those boat drivers who did not have any qualification prescribed by the relevant rules.

Pattanam, first habitat site excavated in Kerala' 
March 18, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Pattanam was the first habitat site excavated in Kerala, said P.J. Cherian, director of the Kerala Council for Historical Research. He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Indian Ocean exchanges and significance of Pattanam archaeological research,' organised by the Department of History of Maharaja's College, Ernakulam, on Tuesday.

Tourism no quick fix for poor 
March 17, 2010 - www.financialexpress.com
Tons of debt, but great beaches and warm weather. Can tourism help rescue Europe's financially troubled Mediterranean countries? The economies of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece all depend heavily on tourism, and for good reason - sea, scenery and warmer weather for decades have lured euro-packing tourists from colder and richer Britain and Germany.

Lodging Econometrics releases Q4 2009 Asia Pacific Construction Pipeline report 
March 17, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Lodging Econometrics (LE) has released 2010 Quarter Four (Q4) Asia Pacific Construction Pipeline report. At the end of Q4 2009, the Asia Pacific Pipeline stands at 1,783 projects/ 4,32,931 rooms. As a whole, Asia Pacific has one of the lowest percentage Pipeline decreases of any region from the peak in Quarter Two of 2008, second only to Africa. Because China has the second largest Pipeline in the world, total project counts for the region are off just 20 per cent from the peak and total rooms by 16 per cent.

India tells topless tourists to cover up in Goa 
March 16, 2010 - www.smh.com.au
A tourist bathes topless on a beach in Goa. New booklets ask tourists to refrain from nude sunbathing and wearing skimpy clothing in the streets.

Govt of Bihar sanctions Rs three crore to promote eco-tourism in Valmiki Nagar, West Champaran 
March 16, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Government of Bihar has sanctioned over Rs three crore to promote eco tourism at Valmiki Nagar in West Champaran. This information was given by Pravesh Rai, Tourism Minister, Bihar recently.

Delay in building plan approval hits Shamuka tourism project near Puri 
March 16, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The non-approval of building plan for new hotel projects at Sipasarubali in Puri district for the past five years due to problems pertaining to Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) Act has stifled the growth of the hospitality industry in the state. Hotel and Restaurant Association of Orissa (HRAO), the apex body of the hoteliers in the state, has alleged that no action has been taken by the district administration and the forest department to resolve the problems related to CRZ at Sipasarubali.

Nepal wants to paint Mount Everest pink 
March 15, 2010 - www.financialexpress.com
It wants gay honeymooners trekking through the Himalayas. It wants to host the world's highest same sex wedding at Everest base camp. But mainly, the conservative Hindu nation wants a chunk of the multibillion dollar gay tourist market to help pull it out of poverty.

ITDC unveils 2,709 DDA flats in Vasant Kunj for Commonwealth Games 2010 
March 15, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has unveiled 2,709 (Delhi Development Authority’s) DDA flats for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Vasant Kunj’s D-6 pocket. These flats, which will be available from September onwards, are expected to be the base for delegates coming for the Games as well as for tourists.

India has missed the bus for cruise tourism 
March 15, 2010 - www.expresstravelworld.com
A visibly dismayed Oneil Khosa, CEO & MD, Louis Cruises India sums up recent events that forced Louis Cruises' promising product, the MV Aquamarine to halt its India operations. In an interview with Andrea Lopez, Khosa elucidates how the company arrived at the difficult but prudent decision.

Multi-crore CWG 2010 catering contract enters penultimate phase 
March 15, 2010 - www.expresshospitality.com
The Commonwealth Games 2010 New Delhi is entering its penultimate phase as far as the catering contract for the event is concerned. The upcoming Games are providing an unprecedented opportunity for the hotels to bid for the multi-crore catering contract with an opportunity to claim fame at an international event adding to their repertoire.

Investment linked deduction in Budget to pave path for new developments 
March 15, 2010 - www.expresstravelworld.com
In his recent budget speech, the finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, reversed his last year's decision to incentivise businesses in priority sectors where he introduced investment linked deduction as an alternative to profit linked deduction. Now, for the year 2010-11, Mukherjee has proposed to extend the benefit of investment linked deduction under the Act to new hotels of two-star category and above anywhere in India.

JUNGLE KINGS: Govt drops PPP for night safari at Bannerghatta 
March 14, 2010 - epaper.timesofindia.com
The Bannerghatta National Park will join the likes of Jurong Park in Singapore and three other such parks across the world to take nature lovers on a ride through the park on a night safari.

Home stays pose threat 
March 14, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Unauthorised home stays continue to pose serious risks, even as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sounded a high alert in the city citing security issues.

Eco tourism project for Kadalundi 
March 14, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The Kadalundi panchayat is gearing up to implement a Rs.42-lakh eco tourism development scheme that has been sanctioned as part of a tourism project covering mangrove vegetations fund in the region between Vallikkunnu panchayat in Malappuram and Kumbla in Kasaragod district.

Heritage tour on the cards 
March 12, 2010 - www.hindu.com
A heritage tour of protected monuments in the agricultural belt in and around the Piravom Assembly constituency in Ernakulam district, is on the cards.

India tourism at ITB, Berlin 2010 
March 11, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) is one of the premier international travel related events, which provides an effective platform for networking and meetings with executives and leaders from all segments of the Tourism Industry world wide.

Extension of time limit for Five Year Tax Holiday to Commonwealth Games hotel Projects in Delhi & NCR 
March 11, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
At the behest of the Minister of Tourism Kumari Selja, in order to encourage the growth of new hotels coming up for the Commonwealth Games, the Ministry of Finance in the recently announced Union General Budget has extended the Five Year Tax Holiday available to 2, 3 and 4-star category hotels and convention centers in National Capital Territory Region of Delhi and the districts of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Gautam Budh Nagar (NOIDA) and Ghaziabad from 31st March 2010 to 31st July 2010 under Section 80-ID of Income Tax Act.

More panchayats in Munnar plan 
March 11, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Four more panchayats will be included in the Munnar master plan being prepared by the government for a planned development of the tourist destination, Minister for Home and Tourism Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

Paharganj hoteliers threaten to boycott CWG 2010 
March 10, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Paharganj in New Delhi, which has close to 30,000 low-budget hotel rooms, have threatened to boycott Commonwealth Games 2010, if the government does not offer them package for restoration and renovation facilities.

Hoteliers in Puri to bear cost for cleaning beaches 
March 10, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
At a recently held meeting, the Beach Development Committee in Puri has expressed concern over growing pollution on the beach. The meeting chaired by Fakir Charan Satpathy, Collector and Vice Chairperson, Beach Development Committee, resolved to engage private agencies to clean the beach while the hoteliers and other commercial establishments would bear the cost.

Goans cry 'go back' to Russian tourists 
March 10, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
The murder of a Goan taxi driver Rohidas Shetgaonkar, allegedly by Russian restaurateur Constantine Alexander Borowski, has led to a severe backlash against Russian tourists in the coastal state. Shetgaonkar was murdered last month in the Morjim area in northern Goa.

Kumari Selja urge Tourism Ministers of Seven Western Indian States/UTs to take all necessary steps for protection of tourists against crime and provide them aid when in distress 
March 06, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Union Tourism and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja has urged seven western Indian States/Union Territories (UTs) to take all necessary steps for protection of tourists against crime and provide them aid in distress.

Luxury Tax reduced in Kerala govts budget for 2010-11 
March 06, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, announcing Kerala government’s budget for 2010-11, Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Kerala proposed to extend the ambit of welfare schemes like employment guarantee and food subsidy, reduce taxes on tourism, beer and wine and impose fresh ones on direct to home services and jewellery shop owners.

Games panel whims make Delhi whine 
March 06, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
The Delhi government is not pleased with the tantrums of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC). The OC's ever-growing wish list of tax exemptions and concessions has now begun to worry government officials, who are already battling a funds crunch.

Tourism sector divided over proposals 
March 06, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The tourism industry in the State is divided over the proposals for the sector in the Budget-2010, presented by Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Issac.

Tourism can help combat naxalism 
March 06, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
“More we increase tourism in states affected by naxalism, the better it will be for them,” was Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja’s stance on the context of tourism in naxal-affected states in the country at the regional conference of tourism ministers of western states/union territories held in Sinquerim, Goa, that concluded Saturday afternoon.

Save Sir...The country and the tourist - Tourism in Trouble 
March 05, 2010 - Malayala Manorama - e-paper
If a foreigner comes to our country, firstly, we should know why he has come – that is for the security of the nation. Then, it is important to ensure the safety of the tourists (Both foreign and domestic). To remember all these, do we need yet another mishap? – The article talks on the lapses in security system in the operation of tourism.

Union Tourism Ministry organises Domestic Tourism Road Show in Goa; Calls for to keep tourist destinations clean and hygienic and free from the touts 
March 05, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism Shri Sujit Banerjee has called upon the stakeholders in the tourism sector to educate the travelers and also join hands with civic authorities to keep destinations in the country clean and hygienic, adopt solid waste management practices, encourage alternative energy sources and protect fragile mountain ranges from the impact of unrestricted growth.

Rivalry between tourist taxi, coach operators flares up at Cavelossim 
March 05, 2010 - Herald - www.oheraldo.in
Rivalry between the tourist taxi operators and coach operators flared up at Cavelossim on Friday morning – this time over an accident.

Now, Patel turns the heat on FM 
March 04, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
With the heat over the hike in fuel prices yet to die down, the UPA government is under new pressure, this time from the aviation sector.

Will Vembanad Lake become lonely? - Tourism in Trouble 
March 04, 2010 - Malayala Manorama - e-paper
The article talks about the pollution of Vembanad Lake by houseboats, how the Kuruva Islands in Wayanad are being exploited and opened up for tourism by Forest Department in the name of ecotourism and how the Jeep Mafia controls tourism in the Tholpetti division of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

Renovation/modernization of hotels 
March 04, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism Shri Sultan Ahmed has said that keeping in view the potential of Commonwealth Games, 2010, ITDC planned renovation/refurbishment/modernization of its Delhi based hotels i.e. Ashok, Samrat and Janpath. Ashok Hotel and Samrat Hotel have been announced as “Family Hotels” for the Commonwealth Games and Hotel Janpath has been announced for the accommodation of press and media.

Union Tourism Ministry convenes Inter-State Regional Conference for Seven Western States/Union Territories in Goa on 6th March 2010 
March 04, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
With a view to ensure holistic and integrated tourism development in close cooperation and coordination with the States/Union Territories, Union Ministry of Tourism has been holding Inter-State Regional Conferences. Three Inter-State Regional Conferences have already been organized at New Delhi (for North Central States/UT Administrations) on August 18, 2009; at Gangtok, Sikkim (for East and North East States) on December 6, 2009 and at Bangalore (Southern States/UT Administrations) on January 16, 2010.

MoT honours top performers in travel and hospitality industry with National Tourism Award 2008-2009 
March 04, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PIB release, the National Tourism Awards organised recently by Ministry of Tourism (MoT) to honour best performers in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry during the year 2008-2009 was presented by M Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India in New Delhi.

Games official sacked by Kalmadi is reinstated 
March 04, 2010 - www.livemint.com
The government has reinstated Sanjiv Mittal, a financial expert who was ousted from the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organizing committee by its chairman Suresh Kalmadi almost a fortnight back in what was perceived at the time as a snub to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Vice President gives away National Tourism Awards 2008-09 
March 03, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The National Tourism Awards to honour the best performers in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry during the year 2008-2009 were presented here at a glittering function today. The awards were given away by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari. Also present during the function were Kumari Selja, Minister of Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation alongwith Shri Sultan Ahmed, Minister of State for Tourism, tourism ministers from the various states, senior officials from the central and state governments, corporate leaders from the travel, tourism and hospitality industry and other dignitaries.

Eagles flying on the beaches between the decent tourism providers and the decent tourists - Tourism in Trouble 
March 03, 2010 - Malayala Manorama - e-paper
Male child sexual abuse by tourist is not a rare case in Kerala. Jacob Spalti is one among the many paedophiles who visit the Gods Own Country. The article talks about different cases in the recent past and how ineffective has been the Zero Tolerance Campaign on Child abuse put forward by the tourism department in Kovalam. The article also highlights how girls from Russia, Nepal and Bangladesh are supplied as escorts by the sex mafia, “Special Welcome at Wayanad” – for the young IT professionals and the story of tantric massage available in the tourism destinations of Kerala.

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