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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.

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.

Workers feel heat to finish Games sites 
September 29, 2009 - AFP
In the early morning Delhi air, Brij Mohan troops off to work at the building site of the Nehru stadium in the heart of the city to face the discomfort and dangers of a day's labouring.

Warming Retreat of Himalayan glaciers 
September 24, 2009 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Himalayan glaciers are melting faster than projected and with increase of flooding, rock avalanches, the very water source will be affected in the next three decades, points out Marianne de Nazareth.

Commonwealth games | Delhi drivers could wreck citys image, says Chidambaram 
September 22, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Dangerous driving in New Delhi could dent the Indian capital’s hopes of showing itself off as a truly global city during next year’s Commonwealth Games, the country’s home minister said.

Commonwealth games | Delhi drivers could wreck citys image, says Chidambaram 
September 22, 2009 - www.livemint.com
Dangerous driving in New Delhi could dent the Indian capital’s hopes of showing itself off as a truly global city during next year’s Commonwealth Games, the country’s home minister said.

Kerala to invest Rs. 450 cr in tourism projects in 2009-10 
September 19, 2009 - The Hindu
Kerala is aiming at initiation of tourism projects worth a staggering total of Rs.450 crore across the State this fiscal year itself, Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

AAI seeks subsidy for loss making NE operations 
September 17, 2009 - livemint.com
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is seeking financial assistance from the government for its loss-making operations in the North Eastern region.

Delhi may face shortage of rooms during Commonwealth Games 2010 
September 17, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a report by Himanshi Dhawan of The Economic Times, a review conducted by the Tourism Ministry revealed that only 3,952 of the ‘confirmed’ 9,500 rooms — a mere 41 per cent — will be ready before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi. Of the 2,194 ‘likely’ rooms expected to come up in time for the October 2010 event, only 50 per cent will be ready, according to the ministry’s review.

India to avail $3.7 bn Japanese loan for rail project 
September 17, 2009 - livemint.com
The Indian cabinet on Thursday approved availing of Rs177 billion ($3.7 billion) of Japanese loans for a rail freight corridor project to connect northern and western industrial hubs, Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said.

Tourism policy on the cards 
September 17, 2009 - expressbuzz - www.expressbuzz.com
Even as the tourism sector has a huge potential to generate largescale employment, it has remained untapped for a long time.

World Bank to provide $3 bn for road projects 
September 17, 2009 - livemint.com
The World Bank has agreed to provide a $3 billion loan for developing national highways. The World Bank assistance will be utilised for converting 6,372 km of one-lane highways to two-lane, out of the total of 19,702 km of single lane highways in the country.

Infrastructure needs $1.7 trillion: Goldman 
September 16, 2009 - livemint.com
India will require $1.7 trillion (around Rs82.3 trillion) in financing over the next decade to meet its infrastructure needs, Goldman Sachs said in a note on Wednesday. The figure is higher than Goldman Sachs’ earlier estimate of $620 billion, while the government’s projections for the 11th Plan for 2007-12 envisages $500 billion (Rs 24.2 trillion) in infrastructure spending.

Railway ministry says no land seizures for new projects 
September 16, 2009 - livemint.com
India’s railway ministry said on Wednesday it would not seize private land for new projects, a move underscoring the political difficulties of acquiring land for large-scale infrastruture or industry.

RBI on MoTs request notifies hotels to be taken out of Real Estate Exposure 
September 16, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PIB release, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the request of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has notified that hotels be taken out of the Real Estate Exposure for Banks to those entrepreneurs who themselves run these ventures. This new relaxation/ incentive will enable hotels to avail larger credits at better interest rates, which will help lower the overall cost of such hotel projects. Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, MoT had actively taken up this issue with the Ministry of Finance/Reserve Bank of India earlier this year, to accord infrastructure status to hotel projects and provide fiscal amenities for creation of additional hotel room capacity to meet the surge in demand in the tourism sector.

Railway Ministry halts infrastructure projects 
September 14, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a report by Sharmistha Mukherjee of Business Standard, the ambitious plan by the Railways to raise Rs 1,00,000 crore in the Eleventh Plan (2007-12) to develop rail infrastructure projects through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) appears to have gone badly off track. Most key projects are still to get started, mainly because of the inability to get a fix on a viable PPP policy.

After CRZ violation, beach turns parking bay 
September 10, 2009 - express buzz - www.expressbuzz.com
Truckloads of debris have been dumped on the Foreshore Estate beach, in gross violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification of 1991, to create a full-fledged parking bay on the sands for private buses, which threatens to not only jeopardise the livelihood of the fishermen in Dooming Kuppam but also result in an ecological disaster.

Centre, Ficci to form JV to facilitate FDI flow 
September 10, 2009 - livemint.com
The Union government along with industry lobby body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) is to set up a not-for-profit company dubbed Invest India to facilitate the flow of foreign investment into the country.

MoT unveils guidelines for Caravan, Wellness and Heliport Tourism 
September 10, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PIB release, as part of the 100 days agenda, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has issued guidelines for development and promotion of Caravan, Wellness and Heliport Tourism.

PM pushes 2nd Mumbai airport, Jairam grounds it 
September 10, 2009 - The Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Barely months after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh broke the impasse on the Navi Mumbai airport by clearing the amendment of the Coastal Regulation Zone Act to permit construction of greenfield airports, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has locked horns with the Maharashtra government and the Civil Aviation Ministry by reopening the debate on the selection of the site itself. And, in the process, putting a question mark on the project itself.

Indian firm initiates legal action against U.K. paper 
September 09, 2009 - The Hindu - beta.thehindu.com
Lavasa, a Mumbai-based construction company, has initiated legal action against British newspaper, The Sunday Times, for a report alleging “land-grab” by the company. In a statement, rebutting the newspaper’s claims, Lavasa said the report was “biased and relied entirely on unfounded claims made by Ms. Medha Patkar, a local Indian activist.”

MoTs latest tourist figures reveal Andhra Pradesh, Delhi as top Indian tourist destinations 
September 09, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to an IANS report, Andhra Pradesh with its pilgrim spots remains a famous destination for the third time in a row, while Delhi continues to enjoy the tag of the Indian city most visited by foreigners. Latest figures from the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) show that the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, known for its renowned Tirumala Tirupati shrine and other temples, drew the maximum domestic tourists compared to other states. In 2008, a record 132.6 million people visited the state, as compared to 127 million in 2007, which in turn was a 14 per cent increase from 2006. Delhi also saw a major jump in its tourist figures in 2008 as far as foreign travellers are concerned. Over 2.3 million foreigners visited the national capital last year as compared to 2.01 million in 2007 and 1.9 million in 2006.

MoT finalises Caravan policy 
September 07, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PTI report, Caravan tour packages popular in Europe and USA, will soon be launched in India to attract the high-end tourist particularly foreigners. Caravan Tourism, a new concept in India is being envisaged as a niche tourism product will be launched in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh (HP) in the first phase. A senior official from the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) mentioned that the Caravan policy and guidelines for the state governments have been finalised. The official added that states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh have shown interest in the Caravan scheme. Under the Caravan or a ‘home on wheel’ packages, tourists will be provided air-conditioned vehicles with all modern facilities such as Wi-Fi connectivity, mini bar, TV besides bed and toilets.

NCR region sees completion of 41 per cent hotel rooms for Commonwealth Games 2010 
September 05, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a PIB release, during the 24th Task Force meeting with various land owning agencies of the NCR region recently, Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) reviewed the progress of hotel projects and other accommodation coming up for the Commonwealth Games 2010. The review meeting revealed that as against the 9,597 rooms, which are in the definite category, 3,952 rooms (or 41 per cent) have been completed and have started operations.

Houseboats can soon sail into Thiruvananthapuram 
September 05, 2009 - The Hindu Business Line - www.blonnet.com
The Minister for Home and Tourism, Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, has officially launched works on the Rs 2.44-crore Kadinamkulam backwater tourism project here.

Supreme Court notice to Goa luxury resort 
September 05, 2009 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the directors of a luxury resort in Goa and the state’s chief secretary on a contempt petition filed by the environment group Goa Foundation...

The tribunal is coming... justice can wait! 
September 02, 2009 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The MoEF has finally introduced a National Green Tribunal Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Hotels, houses, commercial plots built after 1991 in CRZ areas to be demolished 
September 01, 2009 - hospitalitybizindia.com
According to a report in The Times of India, Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Environment and Forests, said that houses of traditional fishermen, toddy tappers and those existing before 1991 in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas of Goa will be protected from demolition. Ramesh, however, said he had no solution for the houses belonging to others and for those that came up in CRZ areas after 1991. He also said the Centre would not protect commercial, hotel or industrial interests in CRZ areas.

Govt sends states a set of guidelines for tourism projects Save Water, Power 
August 31, 2009 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
With drought conditions hitting large parts of the country, the Centre has directed states to discourage wastage of power and water through fountains and illuminations at tourist spots...

Coastal erosion threatens Goa's idyllic beaches 
August 29, 2009 - AFP
India's resort state of Goa has been hit by several setbacks in the last 18 months, including high-profile crime and the knock-on effects of Islamist extremist attacks up the coast in Mumbai.

NSC wants new law to track foreign inflows 
August 19, 2009 - The Economic Times e-edition - http://economictimes.indiatimes.com
The government is considering a sweeping review of its FDI guidelines following increasing risk of terror funds being parked in the country and other investments fraught with security implications.

Kerala tourism industry looking to new markets 
August 02, 2009 - livemint.com
Feeling the pinch of a global downturn, Kerala’s tourism industry is starting to look at new markets such as Russia, China and Italy for this year’s tourism season, which starts mid-August and goes on till March.

Another Taj project runs into trouble 
August 02, 2009 - The Economic Times - economictimes.indiatimes.com
Yet another mega project in the name of promoting tourism around the Taj Mahal has run into trouble with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) opposing a plan for a ropeway behind the world famous monument.

Govt mulls easing of FDI norms for hotel, tourism projects 
July 11, 2009 - The Hindu Business Line - www.blonnet.com
To encourage foreign direct investment in the hospitality sector, the Government is considering a proposal to remove conditions pertaining to minimum area development and minimum capitalisation norms for mixed development projects in hotel and tourism space.

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