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India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

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TOURISM IN THE NEWS

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.


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Forum In Johannesburg: UNWTO international Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events 
February 22, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
South Africa will host the first ever UNWTO Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from February 24-26, 2010. This event will bring together the world's leading experts and create a platform for best practice and knowledge sharing towards mega-events excellence.



'It is aimed at distressing nocturnal animals': HC to decide on night safari at Bannerghatta 
February 22, 2010 - www.deccanherald.com
After the presentation by the Forest Department and petitioner Deepak B R, the Bench adjourned the matter for further hearing.



Police to deport foreigners staying illegal in Goa: DGP 
February 21, 2010 - in.news.yahoo.com
Goa police have ordered a clamp down on foreigners, staying in the state even after expiry of their visa, a senior police officer said. Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravindra Yadav told PTI that both the district police chiefs and foreigners'' branch have been issued directions in this regard.



Kerala govt launches ‘Dream Season’ campaign to attract domestic tourists from April to September 2010 
February 20, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a report in IANS, the Kerala government recently announced the launch of ‘Dream Season’ campaign to attract more domestic tourists to the state from April to September this year. V Venu, Tourism Secretary, Kerala said that this is the fourth ‘Dream Season’ campaign. A wide range of value travel packages for domestic tourists will be effective from April this year. Information about the packages is available on the Kerala tourism website - http://www.keralatourism.org/dreamseason/.



Orissa government to acquire 626 acres more for Shamuka tourism project near Puri 
February 19, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a report in The Business Standard, the Orissa government is expediting land acquisition process for Shamuka tourism project, near Sipasarubali, about 10 kms south of Puri. The Shamuka tourism project will consist of four five-star hotels, a convention centre of international standards with a seating capacity of nearly 1,500, a 18-hole golf course, boutique hotels, international spa and wellness centres, an entertainment zone and sports facilities.



Increase in Russian mafia activity can affect tourism in Goa 
February 19, 2010 - www.dnaindia.com
Russian mafia, which has so far no effect on Goa tourism, can trigger a slide down in state's tourism graph if it escalates in near future, a leading tourism body said today.



Gujarat relaxes prohibition to promote tourism 
February 18, 2010 - beta.thehindu.com
The Gujarat government has decided to partially relax its prohibition policy for visitors from outside the State by opening a special counter at the Ahmedabad domestic airport from where the air travellers will be issued a permit for buying and consuming liquor during their sojourn within the State.



First time ever associations unite to present wish list for Budget 2010-11 
February 17, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In an unprecedented move, for the first time ever the entire travel and tourism industry, including hospitality, aviation and chambers of commerce and industry have come together and collectively drafted, as well as presented a list of recommendations for the forthcoming Union Budget 2010-11. This high powered meeting mooted a National Commission on Tourism under the leadership of the Prime Minister of India to make travel and tourism industry a top priority agenda for the Government of India.



Wayanad dairy tourism a hit 
February 17, 2010 - www.deccanherald.com
Dr George Thomas, coordinator of Malabar Rural Development Foundation (MRDF) which manages the tourism package, told Deccan Herald that teams from Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh will be visiting Wayanad next month.



Tourism industry looks at Union Budget 2010-11 to fulfill its long pending demands 
February 16, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
It’s again that time of the year when all eyes turn towards North Block in New Delhi, the Finance Ministry headquarters, with speculations as the Finance Minister gets into the exercise of finalising the annual budget for the nation.  Tourism industry, like any other industry of the economy, is also pinning a lot of hope this time around on the Union Budget.  There were mixed reactions from the travel and tourism industry last year after Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee announced the Union Budget 2009-10.



Tourism policy needs to be overhauled 
February 15, 2010 - www.navhindtimes.in
Buoyed by the ‘massive’ response from tourists, both domestic and foreign, the then state government headed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar had announced tourism policy for the state way back in 2001 to give a distinct direction to the tourism sector and to reap rich dividends for the future.



University pulls out of Lavasa project 
February 13, 2010 - www.cherwell.org
The Saïd Business School confirmed this week that the University has abandoned its support of a scheme to build a new Business Centre at the controversial Lavasa development site in India.



70 percent rooms completed for CWG 2010 
February 12, 2010 - Press Information bureau - pib.nic.in
The XXVIIth meeting of the ‘Task Force’ constituted for the purpose of monitoring the augmentation of hotel accommodation in the National Capital Region of Delhi was held on 27th January, 2010. The review of the hotel projects coming up for the Commonwealth Games indicated that 7,307 rooms have been completed which is 70% of the overall 10,540 ‘Definite’ rooms.



Lack of synergy among agencies irks guest house owners in Delhi 
February 11, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Guest house owners in Delhi are displeased with Ministry of Tourism (MoT) officials. The guest house owners have alleged that there is lack of coordination among various agencies, including Central, State and Municipal Corporation concerned on various matters related to guest houses in Delhi. Besides, the guest house owners are against the ministry officials on matters including setting up of dining hall to service the in-house guests, which they say had been agreed upon ‘in writing’ by Sheila Dixit, Chief Minister, Delhi.



The end is not near 
February 04, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has acknowledged they made a mistake in their projection of 2035 as the year when Himalayan glaciers were said to melt. But the blunder is not a one-off mistake, and is the latest in the litany of errors that have dogged the panel over the past ten years.



Centre’s code push to wipe off child sex tourism stain 
February 03, 2010 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
What has made the government and the tourism industry sit up and take note of a trend in which foreign tourists visit tourism hubs like Goa, Kerala as well as pilgrimage-rich stateslike Tamil Nadu and Orissa to seek more than the sun and the culture.



Indian gov't plans code of conduct for 'safe' tourism 
February 03, 2010 - www.thestatesman.net
In view of the increasing incidences of rape, sexual offences, sexual abuse of children, particularly street-children, the tourism ministry has finalised a “code of conduct” for the industry to prevent any form of exploitation of children.



MoT finalises code of conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism 
February 03, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has finalised a code of conduct for ‘Safe and Honourable Tourism’ to be adopted by major stakeholders like hotels, tour operators, cab drivers and other hospitality-linked services. The code is likely to be unveiled on March 8, 2010 to commemorate International Women's Day.



CWG: HC appoints panel to look into labour law violations 
February 03, 2010 - www.indianexpress.com
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday appointed a four-member committee to look into the alleged violations of labour laws at Commonwealth Games project sites.



Asia emerges as next major market for the cruise industry 
January 26, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
UBM International Media, organizers of the annual Cruise Shipping Miami, announced today the launch of Cruise Shipping Asia. The inaugural event will take place November 16-18, 2011 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.



India to complain about BBC's 'poverty porn' Mumbai film 
January 26, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
India plans to lodge a complaint against a BBC documentary on Mumbai slums, describing it 'poverty porn' as it portrays a very wrong image of India's commercial capital and will affect its tourism.



Monitoring of tourism projects gets tighter 
January 22, 2010 - www.livemint.com
The ministry of tourism has tightened the monitoring of tourism projects and decided to close funds sanctioned till 2004-05 but not fully used by state governments, a top official said.



Climate panel admits error on melting glaciers 
January 21, 2010 - www.livemint.com
The world’s foremost group on climate change science has admitted that its finding that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 due to global warming was based on poor science.



Decision to merge AI and IA taken without home work: Parliamentary panel 
January 21, 2010 - www.livemint.com
A Parliamentary Committee on Thursday said that the decision to merge national carriers Air India (AI) and Indian Airlines (IA) was taken in haste, without required consultation and home work.



Funds for climate change missions in Union budget: Saran 
January 21, 2010 - www.livemint.com
India’s eight ambitious missions to address climate change may get funds in the union budget that will be presented in Parliament next month.



MoT seeks Five-year tax holiday extension for development of CWG hotels in NCR till July 31, 2010 
January 21, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In order to increase the development pace of hotel rooms before the Commonwealth Games (CWG) to be held in October this year, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has urged the Ministry of Finance to extend the benefits of the Five-year tax holiday for budget hotels under construction in the National Capital Region (NCR) up to July 31, 2010, instead of the earlier deadline of March 31, 2010.  According to a report in Financial Express, an official from MoT said that looking at the macro-economic situation over the past year, most of the hotels will take a longer time to complete. Extending the Five-year tax holiday will be an incentive for hotels to speed up the process of development and start operations soon, adding to the country’s preparedness for the Games.



Climate panel’s glacier claims melting away 
January 20, 2010 - www.livemint.com
The controversy over the findings of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, on Himalayan glaciers refuses to die with more errors, including what is possibly a glaring typographical one coming to light.



International hotel firms begin reviving hotels plans in India 
January 20, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
With the economic recovery setting in, foreign hotel firms have begun reviving India plans and are signing deals with realty players for future developments in the country. According to a report in DNA, a host of companies including Hong Kong stock exchange listed Langham Hotels International (LHI), Thailand-based Amari Group, serviced apartment major Oakwood Worldwide, Carlson Hotel Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels Group are expected to unveil new developments.



Lavasa Corporation ties up with Langham Hotels and Oakwood International 
January 20, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Lavasa Corporation, one of the landmark projects of Hindustan Construction Company has tied up with two more international brands for its hospitality development. The infrastructure company has tied up with global hotel chain Langham Hotels International (LHI) and US-based serviced apartment major Oakwood International on a management agreement. According to the MoU, LHI will manage two properties at Lavasa Corporation under the brands Langham Place and Eaton. The property to be managed by Oakwood International will house 150 apartments under the brand Oakwood Residency.



Sarovar Hotels and Resorts to add 20 properties across India in 2010 
January 20, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
After launching its premium business hotel Optus Sarovar Premiere in Gurgaon recently, Anil Madhok, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels mentioned that Sarovar Hotels and Resorts will add 20 properties across India in 2010.  This will include six new hotels in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).  The 80-room Optus Sarovar Premiere with 72 deluxe rooms and eight premier rooms is the third Sarovar Premiere hotel to become operational in the country, and 41st hotel to join the Sarovar Group.



Tourism in India showing signs of early recovery from the impact of global economic meltdown: Kumari Selja 
January 20, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that tourism in India has already started showing signs of early recovery from the impact of global economic meltdown and in December 2009 tourist arrivals grew substantially by 21 % registering a growth of over 8% over the arrivals in December 2007 which was a year of high growth. She was speaking at the 5th Tourism Leadership Forum on the “Prospects & Challenge of Tourism Recovery for 2010/2011” held in Madrid, Spain. She informed the gathering that one of the reasons for the tourism sector in India not being impacted as much as rest of the world was the good performance of the Indian economy. She said, inspite of the global economic recession in 2008 and 2009, Indian economy has continued has continued to have good growth. India’s GDP in 2008-09 grew by 6.7%. During April-September, 2009 India’s GDP has seen a growth of 7%, whereas the global economy is estimated to have a negative growth in 2009.



Govt proposes law to ensure better wages for seasonal hires 
January 17, 2010 - www.livemint.com
The labour ministry proposes to change laws to protect wages and welfare benefits of contract workers, even as trade unions call for a ban on contract?hiring for regular jobs.



India's Sex Tourism: Indian court asks government to curb sex tourism 
January 17, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
In view of the increasing incidences of rape, sexual offences, sexual abuse of children, particularly street-children, the Indian government and the law ministry were urged to redefine rape and include related sexual offences in its ambit.



Knights of the Western ghats 
January 16, 2010 - www.livemint.com
Along the west coast runs the 1,600km-long chain of mountains known as the Western Ghats. Far older than the Himalayas in the north, the Western Ghats house some of the most diverse and intact rainforests in peninsular India.



URGES UPON THE STATE TOURISM DEPARTMENTS AND STAKE HOLDERS TO EXPLORE ALL POSSIBLE WAYS FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION THROUGH TOURISM 
January 16, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that recently introduced ‘Visa on Arrival’ scheme for five countries namely Singapore, Finland, New Zealand, Luxemburg and Japan will give a tremendous boost to inbound tourism as it has sent positive signals to the source markets. She was speaking at the inauguration of the inter-state regional conference of Tourism Ministers of southern States/UT administrations . The Conference was convened by the Union Ministry of Tourism to discuss among other things, Rationalization of luxury tax, issues to facilitate seamless travel in Inter-State Circuits, Tourist security and safety, Broad basing of hospitality education and training and initiation for skills training in hospitality sector.



MINISTRY OF TOURISM INSTITUTES A NEW NATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST WELNESS CENTER 
January 15, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Union Tourism Minister of State Shri Sultan Ahmed has said that while the Foreign Tourist arrivals are subject to various external factors that are beyond our control, the domestic travellers continue to be the mainstay of national tourism Industry. He was speaking after inaugurating the Road Show for Domestic Tourism in Bengaluru today. The show was organized to focus the tourism attractions of Southern Indian States including Union Territories. He said, Domestic Tourism is an important engine for promoting National Integration and taking this cue the Union Ministry of Tourism has been attaching great importance to the development of Domestic Tourism in the country.



Louis Cruises Halts Operations: Kerala's cruise tourism runs into rough weather 
January 13, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
Hardly six weeks into business, Kerala's cruise tourism product has suffered a setback, with the cruise operator, Louis Cruises deciding to halt operations.



70% of Corbett resorts host parties, races 
January 12, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Is Corbett national park, India's best known tiger sanctuary, becoming a hunting ground for party animals at the cost of real ones? A study commissioned by the Union tourism ministry on Corbett has found that 70% of the resorts around the park are venues for weddings, rain dances, parties, bike races and zorbing rather than for visitors interested in wildlife.



Commercial activity around Corbett Park posing a threat to eco-fragile zone 
January 12, 2010 - www.thehindu.com
Unhindered commercial activity around the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is posing a serious threat to the eco-fragile zone and obstructing movement of animals.



Govt probe of SEZs made easier 
January 11, 2010 - www.livemint.com
The government has rolled back one of the key provisions governing special economic zones (SEZs) to allow enforcement agencies to enter these zones without prior permission.



Majuli Island in Assam may get world heritage status 
January 11, 2010 - www.financialexpress.com
Work on setting up of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) as UNESCO Category 1 institute in Delhi is likely to begin this year Also plans are afoot to set up a UNESCO House in Delhi. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is likely to consider granting putting Majuli Island in Assam in the “List of World Heritage in Danger’.



India registers 5.11 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2009 
January 08, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from tourism on the basis of data received from major airports.



Directorate of IP&N Brings out Islands’ Tourism Policy 
January 07, 2010 - andamanchronicle.com
A perspective policy for overall development of the Andaman and Nicobar Island tourism has been evolved. The policy, which is a long felt need for development of tourism in the island, is first such kind of attempt by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration since the inception of the Directorate of Information, Publicity and Tourism decades back.



Mega tourist centres in the country 
January 06, 2010 - Press Information Bureau
The Ministry of Tourism has identified 29 destinations/circuits on the basis of footfalls and future potential in consultation with the concerned State Governments so far for development through mega projects.



No need to push the panic button: Kalmadi 
January 05, 2010 - www.livemint.com
Delhi’s chief minister is nervous about the hosting of Commonwealth Games in the capital but the event’s Organising Committee head Suresh Kalmadi assures that all is well with the preparations despite umpteen delays.



Funds for Development of tourism 
January 05, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Development of tourism is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. Ministry of Tourism, however, provides financial assistance for tourism projects based on the proposals received from them subject to availability of funds and inter-se priority.



Gujarat Tourism to release new Tourism Policy in next two months 
January 05, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Gujarat Tourism is currently in the process of drafting a new Tourism Policy which is will be released in the next two months. The Policy will encourage public private partnerships to a considerable level making it easy for investors, as well as it will offer a single window clearance facility for tourism development.



Govt mulls curbs on forest tourism 
January 04, 2010 - www.telegraphindia.com
Planning to go for a jungle safari? Be prepared to shell out more. And don’t also forget to book well in advance. The tourism ministry has decided to restrict trips to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries by limiting the number of visits and making them costlier.



GoI gives nod for opening 104 peaks for expeditions in Leh-Ladakh area 
January 04, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a confidence building measure spelling normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India (GoI) has given its nod for opening 104 peaks for expeditions. The peaks — located in the Leh-Ladakh area — along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Line of Control (LoC) were so far ‘restricted’.



Developing coastal cities as cruise hub of the region 
January 03, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Minister of Tourism Kumari Selja has said that the Government has approved the cruise shipping policy to develop and promote Cruise Tourism in India. Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs. 1450.00 lakh to Cochin Port Trust, Kochi in 2008-09 for development of Tourism infrastructure at Cochin Port, Kerala.



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