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July 17, 2018
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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.

Kerala Urges for CRZ Norms Revision to Boost Beach Tourism 
May 08, 2014 - travelnewsdigest.in
The Kerala Tourism Department has asked the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) for modifications in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms which will make the way for fast development of potential ‘Beach Tourism’ in the state.

Authorities Inspect GTDC Site at Vagator 
May 07, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Anjuna sarpanch, panchayat members and tourism department officials on Tuesday inspected the property leased by the Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) at Vagator and observed coastal regulation zone (CRZ) violations.

Special Arrangements for Foreign Tourists 
April 30, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Around 60 tourists from different countries are expected to take part in the Chithirai festival this year and have a taste of the celebrations.

'Amending CRZ Will Benefit Big Resorts, Not Fishermen' 
April 30, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Calangute panchayat leader Joseph Sequeira mocked at BJP's promises of amending coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules saying that chief minister Manohar Parrikar was fooling the coastal communities.

Goa Tourism Development Corporation Leases 53,000 sq m on Vagator Shores 
April 24, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) has leased out a stretch of 53,000 sq m on the shores of Vagator to two Delhi-based hospitality companies to run a 'model tourism-entertainment zone' for a period of 22 years.

Vizhinjam Gets Ready for a Massive Demolition Drive 
April 10, 2014 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The city corporation is gearing up for a major demolition drive at Vizhinjam.

Cases of Foreigners Indulging in Crime Sees a Rise Every Year 
March 10, 2014 - www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The number of cases where foreigners have been involved in crime have increased every year as per the statistics provided by the home department.

Free Wi-Fi service Launched at Chowrasta in Darjeeling 
March 06, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
Tourists visiting the Chowrasta, the main hub of tourist town Darjeeling, will now be able to access the internet on laptops, tablets and smartphones with a free Wi-Fi service.

MTDC To License Its Own Tourist Guides 
February 24, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
In an effort to meet the demands of tourism industry and overcome the shortage of guides in the city, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to give its own licenses to guides in the state.

Vision Group Favours Rs 73K-cr Booster Dose For Tourism 
February 22, 2014 - www.deccanherald.com
In its report, submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Tourism Minister R V Deshpande, it has suggested upgrading existing tourist infrastructure, creating new tourist assets through public private partnership and tapping the potential in adventure, medical and spiritual tourism in the State.

Development of Buddhist Tourism in the Country 
February 20, 2014 - pib.nic.in

The Ministry of Tourism has attempted to develop Buddhist tourism in the country including in the State of Odisha by identifying integrated tourism circuits based on India’s unique civilization, heritage, and culture in partnership with the States, the private sector and other agencies.

Potential for Film Tourism in the Country 
February 14, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism has recognized films as a powerful tool for promotion of tourism destinations and locations and taken following steps to promote Film Tourism as an important Niche Tourism product:

Steps Taken to Ensure Safety of Tourists 
February 06, 2014 - pib.nic.in
‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. As such, prevention of crime, including crime against tourists/foreign tourists is the primary responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territories.

India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sign Agreement for US $200 Million for Uttarakhand Emergency Assistance Project 
February 05, 2014 - pib.nic.in
The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed an agreement for US $ 200 million for Uttarakhand Emergency Assistance Project. The signatories to the loan agreement were Shri Nilaya Mitash, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; and Ms. M. Teresa Kho, Country Director, INRM, on behalf of ADB.

Boost for tourism projects in Telangana: Chiranjeevi 
February 03, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the Sound and Light show at the ancient and historic Elgandal fort located on the picturesque shores of Lower Maniar Dam reservoir on the outskirts of Karimnagr.

Tourism Development In Karnataka To Get A Boost 
January 26, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Minister for Tourism R.V. Deshpande has said the government will give a boost to tourism development in the State with a special thrust on Hampi.

Tourist Arrivals To Goa Increase Record 12% Year-On-Year In 2013 
January 25, 2014 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Goa has witnessed a record increase of 12 per cent in the number of tourists visiting the state in 2013 as compared to the year ago, according to the statistical data maintained by the Goa Tourism Department. Domestic tourist arrivals have climbed by 12.47 per cent in 2013 and international tourist arrivals have gone up by 9.27 per cent.

Kerala Wins UN Award For Sustainable Tourism 
January 23, 2014 - zeenews.india.com
Kerala Tourism has been conferred the United Nations Award for creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition.

Taxi Operators' Strike Halts Tourism In Himachal 
January 23, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The three-day strike by commercial vehicles, including taxi operators, who are demanding roll back in hike in taxes, have grinded tourism in Himachal to a halt with occupancy in hotels sliding fast across the state. Cancellations and postponing of tour plans to Himachal is continuing and is expected to continue for few more days.

Green Brigade Irked, But Realtors Laud Tourism Plan 
January 23, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The NCR Planning Board's approval on January 20 of provisions permitting tourism in natural conservation zones (NCZs) appears to have spurred Noida and Greater Noida authorities to expedite development of a green corridor in the twin cities.

Vision Group Suggests Road Map To Increase Karnataka's Tourist Traffic 
January 22, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
The Karnataka Tourism Vision Group, headed by T.V. Mohandas Pai, on Tuesday submitted recommendations to the government for doubling the State’s tourist traffic.

India, Japan Sign Memorandum To Promote Tourism 
January 22, 2014 - www.business-standard.com
Aiming at strengthening cooperation in the tourism sector, India and Japan today signed a memorandum here to expand the scope of bilateral promotion in the sector.

If Tapped, Tourism To Create 3L Jobs In District 
January 22, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Blessed with abundant natural and cultural attractions, Thane district's untapped potential as one big tourism destination will soon be unveiled in a comprehensive tourism master plan, according to officials.

Maharashtra Plans To Put Lonar Crater On Tourism Map 
January 22, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has planned more than a stone observatory to promote Lonar crater as a tourist destination, with fresh plans to build a museum which will house specimens of rocks and plant species found in the crater area.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Plans To Revamp Boathouses 
January 22, 2014 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Taking into account the increasing footfall at the boating yards in the state, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) plans to refurbish the Muttukadu and Mudaliarkuppam boathouses. In addition to offering boat rides, these boating yards are soon set to transform into bird-watching spots.

NCR Board Allows Tourism In Eco Zones 
January 21, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In what is being described by activists as an environmental disaster, the NCR Planning Board on Monday cleared crucial provisions to allow tourism in natural conservation zone (NCZ) such as Aravalis, Yamuna riverbed and areas around major water bodies, albeit setting a cap on the area that can be used for tourism.

Leveraging Digital Technologies To Promote Cultural Tourism 
January 20, 2014 - www.financialexpress.com
Tourism industry which is one of the key sectors of earnings for India generated R6.4 trillion and contributing 6.6% of the nation’s GDP in 2012 and is being promoted actively by the government to attract more tourists.

Blow To Kerala Tourism Sector As Foreigners Stay Away 
January 20, 2014 - www.thehindu.com
Recession in Europe, competition in traditional markets and from Sri Lanka, and a host of other factors have hit tourist arrivals to the State.

Advisories Likely To Hit Peak Tourism Season 
January 17, 2014 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Foreign governments are seeing India as unsafe for women travellers and are advising travellers to be cautious when journeying in the country.

State Calls For Tourism Plan For Nashik 
January 16, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Limited (MTDCL) has asked for a tourism plan from the Nashik district collectorate, following a report submitted by the Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) that Nashik was a 'filthy', unfriendly and ill-equipped city for tourists'.

International Tourism In India - A Low-Hanging Fruit 
January 14, 2014 - www.dnaindia.com
For any non-resident Indian, the incredible India advertisement campaign evokes a lot of sentiment. I have not been to most of the places shown in the campaign, but I think this would be true for most people I know.

Indias Tourism Infrastructure, Services Well Maintained Despite Limited Resources: Union Tourism Secretary 
January 13, 2014 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Giving the keynote address at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) recently conducted annual tourism summit, ‘The Wonder that is India’, Parvez Dewan, Secretary Tourism, Government of India, said that even within limited resources, India has managed to maintain its tourism infrastructure and services.

Kerala Tourism launches online campaign Kerala Blog Express 
January 13, 2014 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Kerala Tourism has launched an online campaign to bring the world's best bloggers to the state for an on-the-road experience, as per a release.

The Paradox Of Plenty Goa Tourism Destroys Itself 
January 12, 2014 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Early morning walkers on Caranzalem beach have good news to report. The suspension of mining means much less silt in the water, and far less tar and pollutants from the transhipment vessels that used to crowd the horizon. This has resulted in a wonderful rejuvenation of the waterfront environment: cleaner sands, many more migrant birds, an abundance of shellfish like has not been seen for many years.

2013 Saw Tourism Ministry Making A Lot Of Promises 
December 28, 2013 - businesstoday.intoday.in
The year 2013 saw Tourism Ministry of India making a lot of promises like bringing about a liberal visa regime, easing restrictions for film shooting and removing hurdles for the growth of the tourism sector but some incidents of sexual assault on foreign tourists brought shame.

Why Your Car Hates Your Magnificent Heritage 
November 28, 2013 - in.news.yahoo.com
Postcards from Mamallapuram offer a serene view of the Five Rathas, a cluster of exquisite stone chariots carved in the 8th century.

The New Pebble On The Beach 
November 20, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
In attempt to promote eco-tourism, the forest department Karnataka has opened a new vista of eco-beaches for the first time in South India.

Clean And Green, Karnataka's Mangroves Drawing Tourists By The Dozen 
October 21, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Ever since the Karnataka forest department started growing mangroves (kandla) along the coastal delta areas as Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra have done, a new breed of tourists have begun visiting the coastal areas in the state.

Bid To Promote Tourism In Dima Hasao 
October 11, 2013 - www.assamtribune.com
At the initiative of the elected members of the autonomous council of Dima Hasao district and Landmark Hotels, 34 members of the Tour Operators’ Association of Assam (TOAA) came to Haflong on September 26-27 to prepare a roadmap of various tourist destinations in Dima Hasao, a press release said.

MTDC, Quebec Govt Sign MoU For Tourism In Lonar Lake, Kaas Plateau 
October 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will now get international expertise for solutions on sustainable tourism development at Lonar crater and the Kaas plateau.

Mysore Experiments In Geo-Fencing Of Tourist Spots, A First In India 
October 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Intelligent Transport System has come in handy for the KSRTC officials to work out details about the hop off, hop-on service. Using the satellite-based ITS project funded by the World Bank, the officials have geo-fenced the tourist places.

Satara Tourism Plan On The cards 
October 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Satara district collector has prepared a Rs 200-crore tourism development plan, covering areas such as dense forest, the Kaas plateau and a small landing facility near the Dhom dam.

Chennai Firm To Start Cruise Liner, Plans $400 Million Investment 
October 06, 2013 - www.livemint.com
Chennai-based Newport Maritime Pvt. Ltd is looking to start a cruise liner service next year, using Mumbai as a home port, to tap the Indian market where one global cruise line found it tough to do business and pulled out just 40 days after launching operations in December 2010.

Prime Tourist Spot Goes To The Dogs 
October 04, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The tourist season in Kerala has begun. But, in Fort Kochi After an hour’s walk through the streets of the heritage locale and the beach front, only four foreign tourists could be spotted, while street dogs, some with injuries on their bodies, are aplenty.

Tribals Protest Land Acquisition For Tourism Near Statue Of Unity 
October 03, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
The 182-metre-tall Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's "Statue of Unity" in Gujarat is facing resistance from tribals living in more than 70 villages around the site near the Narmada dam where the statue is proposed to be built.

Indravarna Villagers To Protest Kevadia Land Acquisition 
October 02, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Residents of 70 villages will congregate at Indravarna village to protest against several issues, particularly those related to land acquisition mooted by the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA). The main bone of contention between the administration and the villagers is the acquisition of land from 68 villages to develop tourist facilities in the region.

World Tourism Day Celebrated 
September 27, 2013 - www.morungexpress.com
“If we don’t conserve water and if we continue to cut down our trees, we are threatening our very own survival,” said KT Thomas, Addl Director, Tourism Department on the World Tourism Day held at the Directorate of Tourism Conference Hall, Kohima on September 27.

Ering Advocates For Wildlife Conservation 
September 24, 2013 - www.sentinelassam.com
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering has called for preservation of wildlife and forest resources in Arunachal Pradesh to help develop tourism and create employment opportunities in the sector.

Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary To Tap Ecotourism In A Big Way 
September 23, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
To win more tourist attention for the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Forest Department is planning better amenities for visitors to the picturesque forests.

Centre Approves Fund For Tourism Project 
September 08, 2013 - www.sentinelassam.com
In a major boost to the North–East tourism sector, Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to various tourism development projects in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland.

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