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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.

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.

FTA with Asean may hit FDI inflows: Assocham 
January 03, 2010 - www.livemint.com
An industry study has said with the operationalisation of the FTA with the Asean, FDI inflow into the country may be hit as these Southeast Asian nations are not only more investment-friendly but also have better infrastructure.

Beyond the sun and sand, conflict brewing in Goa 
January 02, 2010 - www.livemint.com
It’s the time of the year when Goa welcomes droves of visitors. They will be serenaded by a continuous stream of billboards advertising alcohol, hotels, clubs, casinos and seafood restaurants.

The CSEs core argument is based on chronic toxicity as against acute toxicity 
January 01, 2010 - www.hinduonnet.com
IN November, when the Madhya Pradesh government decided to reopen the gates of Union Carbide India Limited’s (UCIL) pesticide factory in Bhopal to allow visitors, eyebrows were raised. The government’s attempts, apart from being seen as promoting disaster tourism, were linked to a chain of events beginning with Union Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh’s Bhopal visit a few months earlier. During his visit, Ramesh picked a handful of toxic waste lying in the factory and said: “Look, I am holding it in my hand and I am still alive.” The State government’s attempts were seen as a move to generate public opinion in favour of the theory that the factory premises were not contaminated anymore.

FHRAI to launch MoTs Hunar Se Rozgar programme in 12 cities in India by February 2010 
December 31, 2009 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) will fully support Ministry of Tourism’s (MoT) ‘Hunar se Rozgar’ programme. The programme is an initiative by MoT to create employable skills among the weaker sections of the society in hospitality disciplines like Food Production and F&B service. FHRAI is hoping to launch the programme in 12 cities across India by February 2010.

Organizing the unorganized 
December 30, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The sun sinks low over what used to be the flood plain of the Yamuna in east Delhi, bathing the half-built pink sandstone and steel edifices of the Commonwealth Games Village in its glow. Hundreds of labourers are streaming out after the day shift: work is progressing at a frenetic pace to meet the sporting event’s October deadline.

Major initiatives and achievements in the year 2009 
December 30, 2009 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) to India up to the month of November 2009 decreased by 6.3% over the arrivals for the same period in 2008.   The cumulative arrival figures for the period January to November 2009 reached   4.54 million. The downward growth is due to global economic slowdown, terrorist activities, H1N1 influenza pandemic, etc. The important source countries were US, UK, Canada, France, Germany and Japan.

MoT releases year-end review on hotel and infrastructure developments in 2009 
December 30, 2009 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PIB release, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has released year-end review on major initiatives and achievements in 2009.

Fishermen's federation opposes reef project 
December 23, 2009 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation has protested against the construction of an artificial reef at Kovalam.

Tourism development undermining millions in tsunami aid 
December 23, 2009 - www.breakingtravelnews.com
Five years since the Boxing Day tsunami devastated the coastlines of India and Sri Lanka, killing thousands and destroying countless homes and livelihoods, many communities are still struggling to rebuild their lives. This is despite massive aid flows to the region, including over £400 million raised through donations in the UK.

Copenhagen Climate Change: The implications of the Copenhagen climate anti-climax on tourism 
December 22, 2009 - www.eturbonews.com
For many months the expectations of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference were immense. This conference was expected to lead us into a brave new world in which the world would be united in global commitment to reduce emissions and significantly reduce the human contribution to climate change.

Middle East Conflict and Tourism: No hope in Bethlehem 
December 22, 2009 - www.eturbonews.com
A group of Palestinian Christians representing a variety of churches and church-related organizations have issued an animated and prayerful call for an end to occupation of Palestine by Israel. The call, issued at a meeting earlier this month in Bethlehem, comes at a time when many Palestinians believe they have reached a dead end with their aspirations.

Selja Inaugurates Hunar Se Rozgar through hotels in Delhi; programme to be implemented in phased manner throughout the country in PPP model 
December 22, 2009 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Minister for Tourism Kumari Selja here today inaugurated the Hunar Se Rozgar through hotels programme.  The programme aims at providing skill sets to young aspirants and train them for the trades of Cooks and Waiters.

Planning Commission looking to reinvent itself 
December 22, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The Planning Commission is looking to reinvent itself by expanding its role from only drawing five-year growth plans for the country and determining fund allocation for each sector, according to Arun Maira, a member of the panel and former chairman of the Indian arm of consulting firm Boston Consulting Group.

Britain and US protest after India tightens tourism rules 
December 21, 2009 - www.guardian.co.uk
Britain and the US have lodged a diplomatic protest with India after the government in Delhi introduced rules barring tourists from returning to the country within two months of any visit.

India Tightens Visa Rules: US, UK protest India's new tight tourism rules 
December 21, 2009 - www.eturbonews.com
Britain and the US have lodged a diplomatic protest with India after the government in Delhi introduced rules barring tourists from returning to the country within two months of any visit.

New Travel & Tourism Climate Initiative launched in Copenhagen 
December 21, 2009 - www.caribbeanpressreleases.com
"Live the Deal", an innovative, global campaign to help travel companies and destinations respond to Climate Change, reduce their carbon footprint and move to the Green Economy, was launched during the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Capitals luxury hotels lax in paying up lease dues: CAG 
December 20, 2009 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Though the ground rent for prime land in the Capital leased to hotels in Capital is very low compared to the current market rate, CAG has revealed that eight luxurious hotels owe the government around Rs 516.19 crore on this account.

Corporate groups tax filings can come under RTI, says CIC 
December 20, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Tax statements of a corporate group may be given under the Right To Information (RTI) Act as its privacy clause is limited to individuals and does not extend to organizations, feels chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.

Hyatt for 5 new properties in India 
December 19, 2009 - www.financialexpress.com
Hyatt Hotels said it will partner with Indian real estate developer DB Hospitality to operate five new hotel properties in India as the global hospitality company seeks to expand its footprint in the "world's most vibrant emerging market".

Top hotels owe Rs 516 cr in lease dues to govt: CAG 
December 19, 2009 - www.financialexpress.com
The Centre is yet to recover more than Rs 516 crore as outstanding lease amount from 11 hotels in the Capital, an audit conducted by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Friday said. Besides, the report has also criticised three hospitals and three schools for not honouring lease agreement.

Work on longest road tunnel to begin next year: Govt 
December 19, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The work on the longest road tunnel in the country to be built under Rohtang Pass on the Leh-Manali Highway will start from April next year after snow melts, Himachal Pradesh government said on Saturday.

Govts green SEZ policy favours solar power 
December 18, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The government has proposed that all SEZs should meet at least 25% of their lighting needs through solar energy, a move that will go a long way in making SEZs green, even as consensus eludes climate change talks in Copenhagen.

ASI issues notices over constructions near monuments 
December 18, 2009 - common-wealth-games-2010.blogspot.com
Following a Delhi High Court order, the Archaeological Survey of India has issued notices to several agencies in the Capital, including the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, over 93 structures constructed within prohibited areas near Centrally protected monuments.

Centre releases more funds for tourism in North Eastern region in India: Union Tourism Minister 
December 17, 2009 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to a PTI report, Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism recently informed the Rajya Sabha that the Centre has released more money than that earmarked in the budget this year, in order to boost tourism in the North Eastern region. She said that during the current year, Rs 112 crore has been released so far as against allocation of Rs 100 crore in the budget this year. “North East region receives our utmost attention, ten per cent (union budget for tourism) is allocated for North East,” added Selja.

Goas special force to combat crimes against tourists 
December 17, 2009 - www.thaindian.com
Panaji, Dec 17 (IANS) The Goa tourism department is in the process of setting up a Special Tourist Security Force (STSF) to tackle the rising number of crimes against tourists in the state.

A Rs 12,000 crore project to develop the Sundarbans 
December 16, 2009 - in.news.yahoo.com
West Bengal has undertaken an ambitious Rs.12,000 crore project to protect and develop the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and a World Heritage site, a senior official said here.

CNBC and National Geographic Channel announce a 5 million dollar partnership with WTTC 
December 14, 2009 - www.eturbonews.com
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced a US$5 million multi-platform global partnership with CNBC, the world’s leading business and financial news channel, and National Geographic Channel, the world’s leading provider of factual entertainment, with Sky News, Europe’s leading breaking news channel.

Hotel owners in Haryana in process of constructing 6,000 rooms for CWG 2010 
December 14, 2009 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism recently informed that as many as 6,000 rooms are being constructed by various hotel owners in Haryana, which will be completed within the stipulated time before the Common Wealth Games (CWG) 2010.

Govt considering norms for municipal service regulators 
December 14, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The ministry of urban development is considering guidelines for states to set up municipal services regulators—a move that could remove utility pricing from the ambit of politicians, while also ensuring standards.

Goa, HP, Rajasthan are 'hot spots' for drug trafficking 
December 14, 2009 - www.zeenews.com
The popular tourism havens of the country like Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan have emerged as the "hot spots" for cocaine, ecstasy and LSD besides other synthetic drugs, says the Narcotics Control Bureau.

Vivek Rae Calls For Cooperation Of Every One To Enforce The Ban On Plastic Bags Effectively 
December 13, 2009 - andamanchronicle.com
The islands Chief Secretary, Shri Vivek Rae appealed to Andaman Chambers of Commerce to convince the traders stop bringing the plastic bags from the main land.

Commonwealth Games hotel projects to be ready only by 2011 
December 10, 2009 - www.livemint.com
In another setback for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 3,000 hotel rooms that had been expected to come up around the New Delhi international airport may be ready long after the curtain drops on the event.

Visa-on-arrival for tourists from 5 nations 
December 10, 2009 - The Economic Times
India on Wednesday said it will offer visa-on-arrival facility to the citizens of five countries, namely Singapore, Finland, New Zealand, Luxemburg and Japan on a pilot basis for a period of one year.

Analyse cost-benefit carefully: World Bank 
December 10, 2009 - www.livemint.com
India will be able to reduce its carbon intensity considerably if it stays the course on its plans to slash its energy deficit and move to more environmentally friendly power alternatives by 2031, but any further cuts will come at a high cost, according to a yet-to-be-released World Bank report.

Mint video special: The last of Delhis tongas 
December 10, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The next time you brave a trip to Old Delhi, amidst the hustle bustle of vendors, push carts, and auto rickshaws, you might notice that there’s something missing. A few weeks from now, Delhi’s horse drawn tongas are likely to disappear from the city’s streets forever.

Best Western chain plans to set up 100 hotels in India 
December 10, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
Hospitality giant Best Western, which has 11 operational hotels in India, is aiming to expand its network to 100 hotels over the next seven years. It will open five new properties in the country by the end of the year, taking its count to 16 hotels in India. Best Western will open one five-star hotel each in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Goa by the end of year. It will also launch one three-star property each in Goa and Gurgaon by the year-end.

IHCL to set up beach resort in Andaman & Nicobar 
December 10, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) plans to open a luxury beach resort at Havelock Islands of Andaman & Nicobar. A lease agreement was signed on December 8, 2009 for development of luxury beach resort project between Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation (ANIIDCO) and IHCL at Port Blair in this regard.

KHIL makes inroads in Orissa to develop heritage hotels 
December 10, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
Kamat Hotels India Ltd (KHIL) which owns and operates hotels brands like The Orchid, VITS, Lotus Resorts and Gadh Hotels has signed a lease agreement of 60 years with Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC). Likewise, KHIL has acquired the heritage palace ‘Mahodadhi Niwas’ in Puri and also the Eco Resort at Ramchandi, near the Sun Temple in Konark, in addition to the Parikud Palace and Rambha Palace, which are located near the Chilka Lake.

Visa on arrival for tourists from five nations 
December 10, 2009 - www.eturbonews.com
In a major boost for Commonwealth Games 2010, Indian government has introduced for the first time `visa on arrival' scheme for tourists from five countries from early next year.

All states, UTs advised to deploy tourist police: Tourism Minister 
December 10, 2009 - www.zeenews.com
The government has advised all the states and union territories to deploy tourist police to ensure safety and security of foreign tourists, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Cochin to become Hub of Cruise Tourism 
December 10, 2009 - nvonews.com
Kerala, the “God’s Own country,” is all set to make its mark in world Cruise map as Louis Cruises Ship MV Aquamarine began its maiden voyage from homeport in India, Cochin on December 2, 2009 to Maldives. It is the first cruise liner to call international ports from India. Now onwards Indian travellers will get to enjoy the luxuries of world class cruising on the Indian Ocean. Cochin had been hosting a growing number of cruise ships in the past years and last year’s Volvo Ocean Race stop over had made its entry on the global yachting map.

Supreme Court proposes legalising prostitution 
December 10, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Supreme Court suggested legalising prostitution as a solution to the rampant sex trade that has flourished despite a raft of laws, a report said on Thursday.

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