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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.

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.

India revs up plans to expand road network 
December 09, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Manufacturers who set up shop in India in the 1990s often joke they didn’t just have to build factories back then, but also roads because it was faster than waiting for the state to build them.

Parliamentary Standing Committee recommends tax incentives for hotels in Jaipur 
December 09, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
In a bid to boost Jaipur for the Commonwealth Games, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on transport, tourism and culture, had recommended tax incentives for hotels in Jaipur like those applicable for hotels in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Ford Motors Ski Village project in Manali, HP in doldrums 
December 08, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
Ford Motor Company’s Ski Village project in Manali in Kullu district has been surrounded by uncertainties as the Himachal Pradesh Government has reportedly decided to issue a show cause notice to the company.

MoT extends Visit India 2009 campaign till March 2010 
December 08, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has extended its flagship Visit India 2009 campaign till March 2010 as the recent swine flu scare and global economic meltdown continue to affect foreign tourist arrival (FTA) numbers in the country.

GVK buys L&Ts 17% Bangalore airport stake 
December 07, 2009 - www.livemint.com
GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd (GVKPIL) has become the second largest shareholder in Bangalore International Airport Ltd (Bial) after acquiring the 17% stake of India’s largest engineering firm Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) for Rs686 crore in the operator of the third busiest airport in the country.

Taj Group to set up Luxury Beach Resort in Havelock 
December 07, 2009 - andamanchronicle.com
A Lease Agreement for development of Luxury Beach Resort Project was signed between ANIIDCO and Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (Taj Group) at Vikas Bhawan, Port Blair today. Shri D M Khaneta, General Manager, ANIIDCO and Shri P K Bhatia, Director (Legal), Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) signed the Lease Agreement.

Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja suggests State Level Monitoring Committees for speedy implementation of Tourism Projects in East and North East States 
December 06, 2009 - Press Information Bureau, Govt of India
The Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that for the speedy implementation of Tourism projects, it is suggested that a State Level Monitoring Committee should be constituted by East and North East States.

Delhi govt told to make B&B scheme more popular: Union Tourism Minister 
December 04, 2009 - Hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, finding the response to the Bed and Breakfast (B&B) scheme in New Delhi inadequate, the Centre has asked the Delhi government to work for making the B&B scheme more popular so that additional rooms can be made available to visitors during the Commonwealth Games next year.

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.

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