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Sustainability is a choice – if we have the courage to make it 
September 27, 2017

Declaring 2017 as the year of Sustainable Tourism has once again served to highlight how unsustainable mainstream tourism..

 
India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768  treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cav..

 
Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
The Access to justice study was conducted in 2or6 to assess the ability of sexually exploited children to access the criminal judicial process in India...
 
The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

I remember as a kid in the month of August a few dozen buses full of Yatri

 
Amarnath Yatra Clashes With Burhan Wani Death Anniversary, Forces Anxious 
May 29, 2017

In exactly a month from now will begin the annual pilgrimage to...

 
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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Kumari Selja launches International Ship Cruising Operations from Kochi (Kerala) 
December 01, 2009 - pib.nic.in
The Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja today launched International Ship Cruising Operation from Kochi (Kerala). Speaking on the occasion she said the recent global economic slow down has adversely affected economies and tourism the world over. The impact on tourism has been felt in India too and there has been a decline in foreign tourist arrivals to the country as compared to the corresponding period last year.



Officials gear up as CRZ axe looms in Salcete 
December 01, 2009 - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in

Starred hotels, restaurants, structures owned by the Railways and the Goa Tourism Development Corporation et al. They figure in the list of structures that may face the axe from the authorities as per the High Court orders.



Rs 10,555 cr: estimated expenditure for 2010 CWG 
December 01, 2009 - www.indianexpress.com
India will spend an estimated Rs 10,555 crore in hosting next year's Commonwealth Games, the government said on Tuesday. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said that the Organising Committee would also generate revenue of around Rs 1,708 crore from ticketing, broadcasting, sponsorship, licensed merchandise and donations.



MoTs Commonwealth Games 2010 hotel project sees 20 hoteliers opting out 
November 30, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, as many as 20 hoteliers have opted out of the Commonwealth Games 2010 hotel project putting strain on the Indian government's preparedness to provide accommodation to guests for the upcoming mega sporting event. Aimed at providing 40,000 rooms during the Games, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had auctioned 33 hotel plots in New Delhi to as many hoteliers.



36 beaches to be developed in Andaman and Nicobar islands 
November 30, 2009 - www.prokerala.com
To promote eco-friendly tourism, the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) government has decided to develop 36 beach sites on the islands.



Sin in sacred places 
November 29, 2009 - www.deccanchronicle.com
Every year more than 20 million people flock to Tirupati, but not all visit this 12th century abode of Lord Venkateswara out of devotion or for spiritual reasons. For many the reasons are carnal, and the lure of young boys stronger than the guilt of sin.



Developing Indian economy, vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests, undisturbed idyllic islands and rich historical and cultural heritage make India a fabulous destination for cruise tourists: Kumari Selja 
November 28, 2009 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that with the Indian Economy developing at a steady pace, middle class growing in number and increasingly possessing disposable incomes which could be spent on leisure activities, India could also take on cruise shipping in a big way. She was speaking here today on the occasion of announcement of arrival of International Cruising ship Aquamarine in India. The Minister said that India with its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, can be a fabulous tourist destination for cruise tourists.



Pilgrimage centres turning into sex hotspots: Study 
November 25, 2009 - Times of India
The search for the divine has ended at more earthly pleasures. Two independent studies have pointed to a disturbing trend that pilgrimage centres are changing complexion to become hubs for sex tourism. Alarmingly, it is children that are the most vulnerable.



Controversy over changes in SEZ norms 
November 25, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The government is considering a fresh revision in the draft guidelines for development of special economic zones (SEZs) that could dilute the role of state governments in acquisition and development of land for these projects and make adherence to environment rules optional.



Govt seeks $2.96 bn World Bank loan for 2-laning of national highway 
November 25, 2009 - www.livemint.com
India has sought $2.96 billion loan from World Bank for two-laning of over 17,000 km of national highway in the country, road transport and highways minister Kamal Nath told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.



Extend tax holiday to 5-star hotels also: Assocham 
November 25, 2009 - www.financialexpress.com
With less than a year left for the Commonwealth Games, industry chamber Assocham has sought extension of the five-year tax holiday scheme to five-star hotels in the National Capital region.



Union Ministry of Tourism to evolve a Code of Conduct for all tourism service providers 
November 23, 2009 - Press Information Bureau - Govt. of India
Union Ministry of Tourism has launched an initiative on ‘Safe and Honourable Tourism’ which would essentially promote the cause of protecting women and children from the negative aspects of Tourism.



New tourism policy for Gujarat in two months 
November 23, 2009 - www.dnaindia.com
The state's new tourism policy to be announced in two months will focus on developing Gujarat as the top tourism destination in India. The policy will also open doors for huge investments and put Gujarat on global tourist map.



CM gives nod to Rs. 315 Crore Tourism Infrastructure development Project in Punjab  
November 23, 2009 - www.punjabnewsline.com
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave the Green signal to Rs. 315 Crore Tourism Infrastructure Development Project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).



Kerala govt aims at 25-year master plan for land use 
November 22, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Kerala is working on a land use policy that will ration land for housing, agriculture and industry and include strict environmental caveats, attempting to boost food production and avert what the state government calls an “imminent eco catastrophe”.



GIC pays Rs 167 cr to Taj, Oberoi as terror claims 
November 21, 2009 - Yahoo News India
General Insurance Corporation, the designated administrator of the terror insurance pool, has released Rs 167 crore to Taj and Oberoi hotels in connection with the 26/11 terror attacks, a top GIC Re official said.



India to figure among three largest economies by 2050: study 
November 21, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Growing at a pace faster than other G-20 countries, India is likely to emerge as one of the top three economies of the world along with the US and China by 2050, according to a study.



Bharat Hotels to invest Rs 1,500 crore in nine luxury hotels across India 
November 20, 2009 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Bharat Hotels Ltd, owning company of the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, plans to invest Rs 1,500 crore for its various hospitality developments across India. The hotel chain, which owns and operates hotels in the country, is in the process to add nine hotels in its portfolio. Plans are afoot to raise the funds through a mix of internal accruals, debt securities and external commercial borrowings.



Hospitality sector pushes for infra status 
November 20, 2009 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The aftermath of global slowdown, Mumbai terror attacks and pandemic H1N1 virus scare together with the advice from travel agents to reschedule trips took a major toll on the Indian hospitality sector. The sector is still reeling under the impact of developments like huge cuts on corporate travel spend and promotion of cheaper South East Asia destinations.



Incredible India campaigns may be spotted at Oscars, Grammy 
November 20, 2009 - The Hindu
If the Government has its way, the catchy ‘Incredible India’ tourism campaigns will be spotted in big ticket events like Oscar and Grammy awards.



PMs visit to US comes with rapid trade growth 
November 20, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Washington on Monday for a state visit set to boost the burgeoning economic relationship between two countries, which had relatively marginal commercial dealings a decade ago.



INDIA: A Famed Regions Triple Whammy of Environmental Bane 
November 18, 2009 - www.ipsnews.net
A booming tourism is depleting scarce water resource that has already borne the brunt of changing climate patterns. This, while a growing number of people—influenced by a steady of influx of tourists whose lifestyles are manifest to all—are shifting to a consumerist way of living that is causing further environmental stress.



Incredible India campaign scores 
November 17, 2009 - The Hindu
Incredible India has done it again! Another international award for the campaign — showcasing major holiday destinations — has given a fillip to Brand India and is expected to pull in global tourists in times of recession.



Tourism and Biodiversity - UNWTO completes Key Projects in Thailand 
November 17, 2009 - World Tourism Organisation - www.unwto.org
The UNWTO, through its Consulting Unit on Tourism and Biodiversity has completed a biodiversity based, community centered tourism development project in Phang Nga Province, Thailand. The project included government, regional, and local stakeholders in cooperative tourism planning. Tourism Management Plans were developed as tools to help local communities identify common visions and tourism products in support of sustainable development of the region. Financial gains for local communities are anticipated along with the conservation of biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, which are vital safeguards against natural disasters such as tsunamis. Ten model products were achieved by working with stakeholders who set up locally run tourism businesses that showcase the natural beauty of the area and educate tourists and locals about the importance of healthy ecosystems.



Govt may allow real estate activity along expressways 
November 17, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The government is considering allowing real estate developers to commercially exploit land as part of its plans to build an expressway network around the country to supplement national highways.



ADB lends $57.5 mn to India, Nepal, B'desh for tourism 
November 16, 2009 - Business Standard - www.business-standard.com
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today approved $57.5 million (around Rs 265.6 crore) in grants and loans to India, Nepal and Bangladesh to develop major tourism sites, including Buddhist sites.



Growth tied to sleaze 
November 16, 2009 - www.expressbuzz.com
Is sleaze the flip side of development? It looks so, going by the observation of CB-CID ADGP Archana Ramasundaram, who said that improvement of urban infrastructure and better connectivity has increased the demand for women and children for commercial sex in metropolitan cities, including Chennai.



Louis Cruises India becomes first cruise company to lease island in Maldives 
November 16, 2009 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Louis Cruises India, (LCI) a subsidiary of Louis Cruise Lines part of Louis Group has leased Kuda Bandos Island in Maldives to berth its luxury cruise ship, M Aquamarine, which will commence operations from Kochi on December 2, 2009, with itineraries of two nights/three days to Maldives and Sri Lanka. The leasing of the island (in a strategic partnership with Maldives Tourism Board) is the first of its kind by a cruise company in Maldives and Louis Group plans to develop a resort on the Island in near future.



Visit Bharat, courtesy UNDP, govt 
November 15, 2009 - www.business-standard.com
The Shaam-e-Sarhad village resort is a popular haunt for tourists who want to watch the sunset on the Kutch border in Gujarat. In the last season — which typically runs from October to March — the village hosted some 3,100 visitors, of which a third were from overseas.



Mountaineer with a mission 
November 14, 2009 - The Hindu
With parched lips and blurred vision, Sandhosh Kumar descended Cho Oyu, an 8,201 m tall mountain in Tibet. The euphoria of summiting the sixth largest peak in the world had vanished into thin air — Sandhosh was now thinking only of the steaming cup of tea he knew the Sherpas at the nearest camp had prepared for him. After hauling himself over the last agonising stretch, he discovered that the Sherpas were not at their post; and there was no sight of their magic brew. “I was so disappointed that tears streamed down my cheeks,” recalls Sandhosh.



Ministry no to softer environmental norms 
November 12, 2009 - www.livemint.com
The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) rejected proposed amendments on relaxing environmental norms for industrial expansion and modernization on Wednesday.



Govt approves Rs 10k cr highways projects 
November 12, 2009 - The Financial Express - www.financialexpress.com
The government on Thursday announced approving eight projects, envisaging an expenditure of Rs 10,883.89 crore, in the highways sector.



UNWTO: Tourism Leaders call for Supportive Global Policies 
November 11, 2009 - World Tourism Organisation - www.unwto.org
Around 80 Tourism Ministers meeting at the UNWTO Ministers’ Summit (10 November at World Travel Market, London) called for global policies that are supportive of the travel and tourism industry. Ministers recalled that tourism is one of the world’s top job creators and can be a key driver of recovery and the transformation towards the Green Economy. As the global economy still struggles, governments were requested not to impose extra burdens on travel, such as fiscal measures, and to maintain stimulus policies in support of tourism as this in turn will contribute to sustainable economic growth.



MoT assigns IHM Pusa to carry out audit of seven wildlife sanctuaries in India 
November 10, 2009 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In an effort to position India as a global Ecotourism destination, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has assigned the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Pusa to carry out an audit of seven wildlife sanctuaries in India. IHM Pusa, along with Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) and Travel Operators for Tiger (TOFT) will undertake a survey of the wildlife sanctuaries to assess the impact of tourism on the ecology of these sanctuaries and areas around them. The entire project will be funded by MoT.



Sun, Sand, Subversion? 
November 05, 2009 - Times News Network - epaper.timesofindia.com
The spectre of the Russian mafia continues to haunt Goa. Beach tourism in the state is already clouded by allegations of drug and prostitution rackets from Moscow and Ukraine taking over seaside resorts. Now in a new twist to the story, a top official in Goa has sounded the alarm against charter and tour operators who manage to secure visas on arrival for dubious Russian visitors, skirting scrutiny by the missions in Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok.



Small, medium enterprises seek simpler labour laws 
November 05, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Representatives of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are seeking a simpler labour law exclusively for the sector, saying it’s not feasible for small firms with minimal resources to comply with multiple laws.



Golden Chariot' package for corporates 
November 05, 2009 - www.financialexpress.com
The "Golden Chariot", the luxury train run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has seen a rush of corporates as KSTDC has launched a sales blitzkrieg to woo them with an attractive three-day package.



Government goes into overdrive on Games 
November 05, 2009 - www.livemint.com
India has more than doubled the funds allotted for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and is convening a special meeting of the Union cabinet to review preparations.



West Bengal seaside resorts flout High Court stay order 
October 30, 2009 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
Construction in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification has been going on at seaside resorts at Mandarmani in West Bengal’s Purbo Medinipur district despite a stay order by the Calcutta High Court.



The economics of the Games 
October 26, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Where there’s a few million dollars of expenditure, there’s usually an economic study pondering how the money was spent. This is particularly true of big-ticket sporting events such as the Olympic or Commonwealth Games. Even as the cost of hosting the Olympics touched a dizzying $40 billion in Beijing last year—more than the entire gross domestic product of Sri Lanka—the literature on the economic effects of such games has grown. Most scholars see only negative economic benefits to hosting these events. From past studies, Mint culls five key conclusions and transplants the benefit of their hindsight into Delhi’s preparations for the Games.



Regulate tourism, say Easter Island residents 
October 25, 2009 - Breaking News 24/7 - blog.taragana.com
Easter Island residents approved by a resounding 96.3 percent majority a constitutional reform to control tourism in that tiny territory.



SEAL THE DEAL: Climate change could stem global tourism, UN cautions 
October 21, 2009 - UN News Centre - www.un.org
Rising sea levels could inundate coastal holiday spots while melting snow caps could spell an end to ski resorts, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has warned, as climate change threatens tourism, a lucrative industry for the world’s poorest nations.



Police unveil security plans for Commonwealth Games 
October 19, 2009 - Yahoo India News - in.news.yahoo.com
Delhi will have exclusive lanes for vehicles, four-layered security check at venues, experts to battle chemical or biological weapons as well as helicopter surveillance during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi Police announced Monday.



Delhi streets to undergo Rs 270-cr makeover for 2010 Games 
October 18, 2009 - www.indianexpress.com
Call it the Games effect. Adjoining streets of the Games Village and stadia in the capital will be dotted with specially designed street furniture, new look telephone booths and sleek info kiosks. There would also be drinking water fountains, environment-friendly toilets and dustbins, bright coloured letter boxes along the route to the village and stadia as part of the streetscaping and beautification drive being undertaken jointly by CPWD, MCD, NDMC, DDA and PWD at an estimated cost of Rs 270 crore.



UNWTO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) sign Memorandum of Understanding Geneva, Switzerland, 4 September 2009 
October 16, 2009 - Tourism Directory - www.directorytourism.com
Aiming to enhance cooperation between the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and to raise public awareness of the inter-relationship between biodiversity and tourism, the two institutions today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, on the margins of the Third World Climate Conference in Geneva.



Stand Up, Take Action against Poverty and for the MDGs - What can the tourism community do? 
October 15, 2009 - World Tourism Organisation - www.unwto.org
“We have only six years left to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. A stronger concerted effort is needed from all sectors of activity and in all countries to make this happen”, said UNWTO Secretary-General ad interim, Taleb Rifai, in an official message to the Members of the Organization. UNWTO underscores the importance of raising awareness and calling for action in support of the MDGs, aimed at reducing extreme poverty and fostering sustainable development.



Soon, hotels will tower over sea-front 
October 07, 2009 - The Times of India-www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The city's coastal skyline is set for a change with more developers entering the race to build tall luxury hotels along the waterfront. Following an August 2009 Supreme Court order, which paved the way for a starred hotel with an FSI of 6.29 to come up on Queen's Necklace, the state government recently cleared two more high-rise hotels.



Vietnam allows $4.15 Billion US investment in eco-tourism project 
October 05, 2009 - eturbonews - www.eturbonews.com
Quang Nam province authorities have issued a license to allow two U.S. firms to invest $4.15 billion in an eco-tourism project, state media reported Monday, citing a provincial government source.



To earn more revenue, rlys plan exclusive coaches for foreigners 
October 05, 2009 - The Economic Times - economictimes.indiatimes.com
Soon, a smart welldressed girl will welcome foreign travellers in coaches exclusively reserved for them in trains passing through tourist destinations.



New Delhis brand of roving justice 
September 30, 2009 - www.livemint.com
In a corner of the desolate Sarai Kale Khan bus terminus, two white vans are parked on a mid-morning mission. The first van, onto which the words “Mobile Court” have been freshly stencilled in red paint, contains a stenographer and a magistrate. The second van holds a group of beggars, assorted policemen and harried probation officer Jojie John.



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