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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.

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.

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.”

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