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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.

MoT plans 10,000 highway facilities by 2015 
April 13, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a IANS report, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) plans to start 10,000 wayside facilities along India’s highway network within the next five years to provide basic amenities such as clean food and restrooms to travellers. Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, MoT talking on the sidelines of a workshop on ‘Great Indian Travel Bazaar’ said recently in Jaipur that the facilities, offering rest rooms, toilets and food outlets, will come up every 40 km on state highways and every 30 km on hill roads.

75 Percent rooms Completed for CWG 2010: Kumari Selja Stressed timely Completion of the Balance rooms 
April 12, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
With a view to take stock of the various arrangements related to the augmentation of hotel accommodation coming up for the Commonwealth Games, Delhi, 2010 in the National Capital Region of Delhi, a high level meeting of the Task Force was held under the chair of Minister of Tourism, Kumari Selja, here today. All the land owning agencies viz. DDA, the Govt. of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other stakeholders viz. MCD, NDMC, Ministry of Urban Development, DJB, BSES, ITDC etc. attended the meeting.

Cabinet to deliberate on single point clearance for hotels 
April 12, 2010 - livemint.com
The Cabinet will soon deliberate on a proposal to establish a single-point clearance system for new hotel projects, a move that is likely to speed up the process of setting up hospitality infrastructure across the country, the tourism ministry said.

Kumari Selja Stresses need to take incredible India Brand to next level to present a Cohesive and forceful image 
April 11, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The minister of Tourism & Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation  Kumari Selja has said that there is still a lot of hidden potential for development of tourism in India and the  Union Ministry of Tourism is working with all the stakeholders to make destination India one of the top destinations of the world.

14 wet zones mooted in dry Gujarat 
April 10, 2010 - epaper.timesofindia.com
Move over investment zones. Dry Gujarat may well usher in wet zones to make its beaches bustle with tourists. Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI), hired to prepare the state’s draft tourism policy, is learnt to have advised the state government to set up 14 wet zones as a key factor to promote beach tourism in Gujarat. A top Indian government official, who recently interacted with state officials on tourism-related issues, told TOI the TFCI’s proposal has been sent for clearance at the top level in Gujarat government. The new tourism policy is likely to be announced during the Swarnim celebrations.

Ban on sale of coastal houses recommended 
April 09, 2010 - oheraldo.in/news
A panel constituted by the Environment Ministry for public consultations on the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 1991 has recommended a ban on sale or transfer of houses of fishermen and other coastal communities to outsiders that fall within 200 metres from the high tide line (HTL). It also wants their dwelling units within 500 metres of HTL to be protected and allowed reconstruction and repairs.

100 peaks in Kashmir opened to foreigners 
April 09, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Foreigners will be allowed to climb nearly 100 high-altitude Himalayan peaks for the first time in Kashmir, an official said Friday.

Sex attacks: Goa shifts focus from beaches to hinterland 
April 08, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
There's a sea change in Goa's approach to tourism - from the beaches to the hinterland. Reason 1: Paedophilia and sex attacks, mostly along the coastline, battered its tourist-friendly image. Reason 2: Belated realization that domestic tourists seeking more than shed-dress beaches spend much more in Goa than foreigners.

Essel Group plans special entertainment, tourism zone 
April 08, 2010 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Diversified business house Essel Group proposes to set up a special entertainment and tourism development zone near Mumbai, the Group Chairman, Mr Subhash Chandra, said here on Thursday.

Hyatt Broadens Development Efforts in Indian Market 
April 06, 2010 - www.marketwatch.com
Hyatt Hotels Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!h/quotes/nls/h  (H  39.73, +0.78, +2.00%), celebrating nearly 30 years since the opening of the first Hyatt hotel in India, today announced plans to grow its presence in Delhi, Goa, Kolkata and Mumbai, as well as expand into 15 new Indian markets--including Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune--over the next five years. The company said it will open Hyatt Regency Pune, Hyatt Regency Chennai, and Grand Hyatt Goa in 2010.

India-Bangladesh Sunderbans Ecosystem Forum to be launched 
April 05, 2010 - www.thehindu.com
India and Bangladesh will launch a forum for cooperation in the conservation of the Sunderbans, a region that is “ecologically vulnerable and sensitive to climate change,” Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said here on Sunday.

Over 200 kg charas missing from Goa police warehouse 
April 05, 2010 - sifynews - sify.com
More than 200 kg of charas (hashish), worth Rs.2 crore, is missing from a highly-protected warehouse at the Goa police headquarters, sources said.

Karnataka govt plans to develop medical hub near Bengaluru International Airport 
April 05, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Karnataka government is planning to develop a dedicated medical hub near Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) in Devanahalli, as part of its initiative to make the city one of the preferred destinations for Medical Tourism in the world. According to a report in DNA, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) will develop the hub, as per its ten-year tourism master plan, in coordination with city-based private hospitals, Ayurvedic and naturopathy centres. A senior official from KSTDC informed that the state government is acquiring 12,000 acres of land to develop the area near the airport and the medical hub will occupy 300 acres of this land.

South Gujarat Hotels and Restaurant Association requests Gujarat govt to relax prohibition laws in Tourism Policy 
April 05, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.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.

China pushing nomads into Ladakh region: BJP 
April 04, 2010 - www.dnaindia.com
Accusing China of pushing its nomads and grazers into Ladakh, a BJP delegation which visited the region today demanded that Government open the area to tourism to defeat the "Chinese design of grabbing the land by inches".

Goa port to build berths for foreign navies, cruises 
April 03, 2010 - sifynews - sify.com
Separate berthing facilities for Indian Navy's aircraft carriers, foreign naval ships and a passenger cruise terminal for high end liners will be created by 2011 at Goa's only major port at Mormugao, a senior official said Saturday.

Coastal villages seek massive land conversion 
April 01, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Proposals for conversion of 675 hectares (33%) of Mandrem’s 2,031 hectares from settlement zone to other purposes may be just the tip of the iceberg as other coastal villages of Pernem also want large tracts, even in no development zones, converted, say town planners.

Tourism project needs Central nod 
March 31, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The proposed tourism project at Metran Kayal near Kumarakom which has turned to be an ecological issue would need environmental clearance from the Central government, according to a letter to the Industries Department from the Department of Forests and Wild Life.

CPI (M) bid to grab land alleged 
March 31, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The eco-tourism project being launched by a Communist Party of India (Marxist)-controlled society in the mangrove-rich areas on the banks of the Valapattanam river is in the centre of a controversy in the wake of allegations that the party is encroaching on the riverbank in the guise developing it into an eco-tourism spot.

Meet to discuss land acquisition for airport 
March 31, 2010 - www.hindu.com
A meeting of people's representatives and officials concerned in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts will be convened shortly to chalk out a plan to speed up the land acquisition for the development of the Calicut international airport at Karipur.

Forest Departments objection to Metran Kayal project 
March 30, 2010 - beta.thehindu.com
The proposed tourism project at Metran Kayal near Kumarakom which has been in the centre of an environmental controversy would need the prior environmental clearance from the Central Government, according to a letter to the Industries Department from the Department of Forests and Wild Life.

Protest against tourism project at Metran Kayal 
March 30, 2010 - www.hindu.com
The controversy over the tourism project at the 417-acre Metran Kayal also known as Seminary Kayal is snowballing, with environmentalists and agriculturists joining hands against the project.

Registration mandatory for tourist guides in Munnar 
March 29, 2010 - www.hindu.com
As part of introducing transparency and responsibility in the tourism sector, police registration and uniforms will be made mandatory for tourist guides in Munnar.

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.'

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