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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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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 panels 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.



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.



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