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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.

Kochi gets Indias first tourist police station 
February 28, 2010 - www.expressbuzz.com
Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Saturday said that the police would involve the local people in implementing various security measures at Mattanchery, which was known world over for the Jewish synagogue.

Shantaram wants FEMA violations probed 
February 28, 2010 - oheraldo.in
Shantaram Naik, MP, has said that there were large scale violations of FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999) by Russians in Morjim which require prompt action by State machinery.

Allocation for Goa to be spent on tourist infrastructure: Kamat 
February 28, 2010 - www.mydigitalfc.com
The Rs 200 crore allocated for Goa in the union budget will be utilised to build tourist infrastructure and conserve its beauty to attract holiday makers, Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat has said.

Naked Russians corrupt minds: Goa Congress MP 
February 28, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Russian tourists in Morjim, a beach village in north Goa, move around naked on the beach or are scantily clad, Congress MP Shantaram Naik said Sunday after touring the area popular with Russians.

BJP flays govt on crimes against tourists 
February 27, 2010 - www.navhindtimes.in
First it was the state Tourism Minister, then the industry bodies, and now it is the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that is criticising the government for not bringing under control crimes against tourists. The BJP further warned that this could affect the state’s top industry-tourism.

Panel to monitor probe into crime against tourists 
February 27, 2010 - oheraldo.in/news
In an important development related to crimes against women tourists, the Goa government has constituted a High Power Committee to monitor investigation of such cases.

UNWTO welcomes outcome of first T.20 Ministers Meeting in South Africa 
February 26, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has welcomed the outcome of the first T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, a member-driven initiative with the support of UNWTO, held from February 22-24, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Russian lesson: How it all went wrong for Goa 
February 26, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
They are being called rude, offensive and arrogant. Ironically the term "our tourists" is also used to describe them. For the first time in its history, Goa is experiencing clashes and increasing tensions between its tourists and its people.

Industry welcomes Union budget 2010-11 announcement of investment-linked deduction for hotel development 
February 26, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The central government's decision to grant investment linked deductions under the Income Tax Act to companies developing hotels (two-star and above) has been welcomed by the industry. In the Union Budget 2010-11 announced recently, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee stated, “"To give a boost to investment in the tourism sector which has high employment potential, I propose to extend the benefits of investment-linked deduction under the act to new hotels of two-star category and above anywhere in India."

India's Tourism: India expects 5.5 million tourists in 2010 
February 26, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
India hopes to receive up to 5.5 million tourists in 2010, the highest number in any single year. However, tour operators and hoteliers are ruing the missed chance of marketing the first Commonwealth Games in India. They complained that this number could have been higher, with the Games coming up in October.

Kumari Selja welcomes announcements in Budget on Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Sectors 
February 26, 2010 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja has welcomed the proposals made in the Union Budget 2010-2011 in Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation sectors. She thanked the Finance Minister for giving the encouragement to these sectors in the Budget. Shri Pranab Mukherjee announced following proposals for tourism and Urban Development and Housing sectors in the Lok Sabha today while presenting the Union Budget:

Children not included in inclusive Budget 
February 26, 2010 - www.livemint.com
Union finance minister’s Pranab Mukherjee’s “inclusive” Budget 2010-11 does not include children, who are over 42% of the population. Out of every rupee spent in the Budget, he has allotted only 4.63 paise to children. The children’s share in the next fiscal is only slightly higher than 4.21% in 2009-10, even as the total budget size has risen 8.61% to a record Rs11 trillion.

Air travel to become costlier 
February 26, 2010 - www.dnaindia.com
Air travel on all classes in both domestic and international sectors is likely to become costlier with the government expanding the scope of air transport services to attract service tax.

IATO pleased with Railway Budget 2010-11 
February 25, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is pleased with the Railway Budget 2010-11 announced yesterday in the Parliament by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Association has also extended felicitation to the Railway Minister.

Sultan Ahmed, Union Minister of State for Tourism releases Approach Paper for Rural Tourism in AP 
February 25, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PIB release, at a two-day National Rural Tourism Workshop in Hyderabad recently, Sultan Ahmed, Union Minister of State for Tourism released the Approach Paper (document which aims to provide preliminary guidelines to enable the States/UTs prepare proposals) for Rural Tourism in Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is the first state to have released such a document. Geetha Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Andhra Pradesh was also present on the occasion.

Railway Budget Update: Railway Budget 2010-11 
February 25, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Railway Budget 2010-11 announced by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee highlighted that social responsibility comes over commercial viability. With this view in mind, the government has proposed introduction of several new rail lines. Banerjee stated that there will be no increase in the passenger fares of any class or category of trains.

Orissa govt approves Rs 718 crore for tourism development 
February 25, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, the Orissa government has approved a five-year prospective plan of Rs 718 crore for development of tourism in the state, including employment generation in the sector. The plan was prepared last year and some projects taken up last year were brought under it. “The plan envisages job to about 4.2 lakh people, including direct jobs to 1.2 lakh,” said Debi P Mishra, Tourism Minister, Orissa after Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Orissa approved the plan.

Few low budget visitors create problems, feels tourism department 
February 25, 2010 - www.navhindtimes.in
The tourism sector feels that stray incidents such as those that occurred in North Goa recently wherein a couple of Russians attacked locals in different cases and minor scuffles, would continue to take place and there was very little the industry or the government authorities could do to totally prevent them, even as they said that the number could be curtailed by taking some proactive measures.

From Russia with love? Well, not really 
February 25, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa tourism's honeymoon with Russia seems to have taken a bitter turn. The gloom around is that when you have people coming in droves on 'tourist visas' and indulging in crime, it spells doom for a tourist destination. The fact that tourists have now started attacking locals, has stunned and shaken up the tourism industry and, of course, locals.

Goa police hand-in-glove with organised sex mafia: Official 
February 25, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A senior Goa police official on Thursday admitted that the state is emerging as a den for the organized sex mafia in collusion with the local police.

T-20 Meeting South Korea to host G20 tourism ministers' forum 
February 25, 2010 - www.eturbonews.com
South Korea has been selected as the host country for the "T-20" forum, a meeting of tourism ministers from the G20 member countries, the culture ministry said Thursday.

Govt of Maharashtra, MEDC, MTDC to celebrate Visit Golden Maharashtra Year from April 2010 to March 2011 
February 24, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC) and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (MTDC) in association with MultiNet Worldwide will be celebrating ‘Visit Golden Maharashtra Year’ from April 2010 to March 2011. The year-long celebration will kick start with a two-day business conference from April 20-21, 2010 in Mumbai. Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister, Maharashtra will inaugurate the conference on April 20, 2010.

SC seeks response from Karnataka govt over closure of hotels, restaurants at midnight 
February 24, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Supreme Court (SC) has sought response from the Karnataka government and the police commissioner of Bengaluru on a petition challenging an order directing the closure of hotels, restaurants and places of public entertainment at midnight.

Railway Budget Update: Railway Budget 2010-11 gives thrust to Trans-Asian Rail Network 
February 24, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Railway Budget announced by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee for 2010-11 highlighted the government’s initiative to kick start a new rail route between India and Bangladesh. High level discussions are on between the governments of two countries to launch these services. The proposed rail route between the two countries is Akhaura in Bangladesh and Agartala in India.

Railway Budget Update: Railway Budget 2010-11 proposes to start special tourist trains 
February 24, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Presenting the Railway Budget for 2010-11 today in New Delhi, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee proposed to start various special trains in India along with enhancing connectivity through improving the rail network on inter and intra state level. Banerjee said that tourist trains will be launched on 21 routes and ten more Duronto (non-stop) trains will be launched. The new budget proposes to run a special tourist trains called ‘Bharat Tirth’ connecting popular tourist sites in India- from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari, Dwarka to Vindhya Paarbat, Ajmer to Gangasagar and Madurai to Patna. “The running of ‘Bharat Tirth’ will emphasise on our ‘Unity in Diversity’. The ‘Bharat Tirth’ trains are proposed to run on a total of 16 different routes in India,” added Banerjee.

Railway Budget Update: Indian Railways to be lead partner of CWG 2010 
February 24, 2010 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
While presenting the Railway Budget for 2010-11 in Parliament today, Mamata Banerjee, Union Railway Minister announced that Indian Railways will be the lead partner of Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010. To mark this event and also to spread the message, the Railways proposes to run a Commonwealth Exhibition train. CWG will be held in the New Delhi from October 3-14, 2010.

Goa emerging as drug, sex destination, says industry 
February 24, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Goa is emerging as a drug and sex destination, the state's apex commerce and industry lobbying group has said. The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has issued strict caution to the state government, asking it to shore up its act on tourism, in a pre budget note which was handed over to chief minister Digambar Kamat on Tuesday.

Railways to start special tourist trains, new services 
February 24, 2010 - www.hindustantimes.com
In a bid to promote tourism, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that Indian Railways will be launching 16 special 'Bharat Tirth' trains connecting popular tourist sites and pilgrimage centres in different parts of the country.

Hotels urged to manage their own waste 
February 23, 2010 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), in association with the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) will conduct a one-day seminar on waste management on February 27, 2010 for hoteliers, restaurants and other stakeholders in Goa. The seminar will be conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

TAAI presents blueprint of `Travel Card for CWG 2010 to MoT, awaits approval 
February 22, 2010 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) recently held a joint meeting with officials of Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation with regards to the launch of its `Travel Card’ for Common Wealth Games (CWG) 2010 to be held in Delhi in October. According to Rajinder Rai, President, TAAI; the Association presented details, facts, figures and requirements of the ‘Travel Card’ and is aiming to launch the Card by August this year.

Morjim villagers demand ban on Russians 
February 22, 2010 - www.navhindtimes.in
The president of state unit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  and Mandrem MLA, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, who attended the Morjim gram sabha, on Sunday, said that the locals should not encourage the Russian tourists too much.“With the increase in the number of the Russian tourists here in Morjim they are indulging in ‘dadagiri’ (bullying) and we should not encourage these Russian tourists too much,” said the BJP chief.

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.

Centres 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.

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