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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.

KTDC tops tourism corporations 
March 28, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has become the number one tourism corporation in the country, both in terms of the number of hotels at tourism centres and growth rate.

Railways, water, highways to see least private investment 
March 28, 2010 - www.livemint.com
South Gujarat Hotels and Restaurant Association has requested the Gujarat government to relax prohibition laws in the new Tourism Policy in order to develop tourism industry in the state. This view was expressed by the Association as the state government had called for suggestions from across Gujarat before announcing its new Tourism Policy. According to a report in The Times of India, in its official letter to the state government the Association has pointed out that Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) Tourism has not developed in the state because of the existing prohibition laws.

Review drug cases against Russians in Goa: Moscow 
March 27, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
Russia has sought a review of two narcotics cases involving Russians in Goa in which a police officer booked for having links with the narcotics mafia was an investigating officer.

Goa allocates Rs.5 crore for safety of tourists 
March 25, 2010 - sify.com/news
Concerned about the safety of tourists visiting Goa, in the wake of recent high-profile crimes against foreigners, the Goa government has allocated Rs.5 crore in its annual budget towards setting up a 'beach safety management system'.

Delhi government raises tax to bridge funds shortfall for the Commonwealth Games 
March 25, 2010 - epaper.timesofindia.com
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has blamed the Commonwealth Games for the higher taxes proposed in the recent state budget. This can be a test case for other state governments as well. What happens when cities plan high-impact events that will upgrade their infrastructure, but discover at the last moment that they haven't been quite successful? Are they justified in calling on citizens to cough up more money? Delhi's example suggests that they aren't.

Sarovaram Bio Park director asked to pay fine 
March 25, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Ombudsman for Local Self-government Institutions M.R. Hariharan Nair, on Wednesday, ordered issue of notice imposing a fine on the director of the Sarovaram Bio Park.

Stern action in Munnar, promises Rajendran 
March 24, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran has said that stern action will be taken against persons who keep land in Munnar in their possession on the strength of bogus title deeds.

Protest against move to reclaim Metran Kayal 
March 23, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The CPI (ML) Red Flag will launch an agitation against the move by private developers to turn the 450-acre Metran Kayal, one of the largest and most fertile ‘kayal padasekharams' in Kuttanad, adjoining Kumarakom, to a tourist resort.

‘No decision yet on Bachchan' 
March 23, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the government has not taken any decision on appointing actor Amitabh Bachchan as Kerala Tourism's brand ambassador.

Eco groups vow to protect lake 
March 23, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Environment activists in the district sat on the parched bed of the shrinking Sasthamcotta Lake and went on fast on Monday to observe World Water Day as part of their continuing agitation demanding the protection of the lake which is the biggest freshwater lake in the State and designated as a Ramsar site in 2002.

No more resorts near Corbett: Jairam Ramesh 
March 22, 2010 - www.dnaindia.com
The environment ministry is worried about luxury resorts mushrooming around Jim Corbett tiger reserve and wants to stop more from coming up. In 1991, there were only six such resorts around Corbett, but at present there are 74.

Big B loses Kerala job over Modi links 
March 21, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
Left Front govt unlikely to appoint the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism, says Yechury. It is now official: Left-ruled Kerala has decided not to have Amitabh Bachchan promote the state's tourism, all because the latter has agreed to root for tourism in Gujarat, the state ruled by Narendra Modi. The idea of roping in the actor and then drop him after the CPM top brass in Delhi opposed it was not originally mooted by the Kerala government.

Luxury on wheels: Golden Chariot chugs into capital 
March 21, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Adding another dimension to holidays in God's Own Country, Golden Chariot, Karnataka's opulent train, chugged into the State on Saturday with tourists as part of maiden three-State tourist circuit ‘Splendour of the South.'

Tourism zone: demand to include Alappuzha 
March 21, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The district administration has decided to push for inclusion of the district in the State's Special Tourism Zone (STZ) project proposed by the government.

Rs.50 crore for Muziris project 
March 21, 2010 - www.hindu.com
Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said the Centre had sanctioned Rs.50 crore for the Muziris heritage project. The project envisages renovation of archaeological monuments, modernisation of Kottappuram-Paravur markets at a cost of Rs.20 crore, setting up of 20 museums and development of road network.

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.

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