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Tourism and Plastic: Exploring the Contours 
June 04, 2018
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As Women, Are We Really Economically Empowered A view from the point of view of Tourism 
April 10, 2018

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Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
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December 22, 2017

The Government of India’s recent “in principle” clearance to the international airport at Jewar, off Delhi, 16 years after the idea was first floated, is one of the sever

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..


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.

Adventure Near Waterfalls Unsafe 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Thousands of tourists throng Bharachukki falls in the district everyday to have a glimpse of the falls in all its glory. But, lack of safety and negligence by the authorities concerned has caused 107 deaths since 2006.

BIA is Now Kempegowda International Airport 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
The Bangalore airport is the fifth-busiest such facility in the country, built over an area of 4,000 acres.

Char Dham to be Reconstructed in Much Better Way Chiranjeevi 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking at the sidelines of the tourism ministers' conference, he said Char Dham would be reconstructed in a "much better way" so that if such unforeseeable calamity occurs again, its adverse impact could be minimised.

Foreigner Molested In Kolkata 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Earlier, on March 25, a 20-year-old South Korean girl, a student in the city, was molested at around 7 am in a public transport bus when she was travelling to Howrah station.

'I Respect Women' Badges For Tour Operators, Guides 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
The aim, Tourism Ministry officials say, is to show that majority of people here do not support crime against women so that it inspires confidence among foreign visitors.

Chiranjeevi Calls for Setting up of Tourist Police in States National Conference of State Tourism Ministers inaugurated 
July 18, 2013 - pib.nic.in
ion Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi has urged the State Governments and UTs to enact the cadre of Tourist Police in one form or other. Inaugurating the day long National Conference of State Tourism Ministers here today he said this can be done either by borrowing some companies from the Police Department or hiring ex-servicemen or home guards.

National Conference of State Tourism Ministers Held 
July 18, 2013 - pib.nic.in
A National Tourism Ministers’ Conference was held here today to discuss the future strategies for realising the full tourism potential of the country. The Conference was chaired by Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi. State and Union Territory Tourism Authorities were represented in the conference either through their Tourism Ministers and/ or senior officials.

Karnataka Initiative To Promote Tourism 
July 17, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Karnataka government has appointed consultants in each district to identify tourism potential and promote the sector, Tourism and Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said today.

Tour Operators Bet Big On Luxury Domestic Travel 
July 16, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Enjoying the sunset on a private yacht or hopping on a heli-taxi service to some of the lesser-known pockets of the country, Indian travellers are seeking to explore the most exquisite travel ideas.

Illegal Constructions A Threat To Reservoir 
July 15, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The mushrooming growth of private tourist resorts in the water belt areas of Karapuzha Reservoir in Kerala is posing a serious threat to the existence of the multipurpose reservoir.

Nod For Tourism Project In Idukki 
July 14, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The tourism department has given green signal for a Rs.25 crore-project in the district for infrastructure development of tourism centres. The major chunk of the amount will for developing Thekkady with the focus on ecological sustainability. An amount of Rs. 20.4 crore has been earmarked for it.

Increasing Sexual Assaults Are A Huge Concern For Tourists Oz Envoy Cautions India 
July 12, 2013 - indiatoday.intoday.in
The media coverage of rape incidents in India has caused "some anxiety" among Australian women who plan to travel to India, Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner to India, said on Friday.

Cox & Kings Bets Big On Education Travel 
July 11, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Travel company Cox & Kings is set to roll out its education travel concept in India after it acquired UK-based education and activity travel group Holidaybreak in 2011. Despite the currency fluctuations, Peter Kerkar, Director of Cox & Kings, is bullish on Indian outbound travel growth.

Hotels In Maharashtra To Be Exempt From Luxury Tax 
July 11, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Tourism Department of Maharashtra plans to provide exemption from luxury and entertainment tax to hotels and tourist facilities that have come up since 2006. Across the State, 188 hotels are to gain with this decision.

Wayanad Set For Monsoon Tourism Fest 
July 11, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Splash, a three-day ‘monsoon tourism carnival’ that aims to sell Wayanad as a major monsoon tourism destination in the country, will begin at Kalpetta on Saturday.

Kumarakom To Be World-Class Model Responsible Tourism Destination 
July 09, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Kumarakom, the famed backwater tourism hotspot in Kerala, is fast moving forward to become an international Model Responsible Tourism (MRT) destination.

Houseboat Industry Struggles To Stay Afloat 
July 08, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
Blame it on accidents on Vembanad Lake or airfares, the houseboats in Alappuzha are getting its lowest turnout of customers in a decade.

Uttarakhand Paradise Lost As Hotels, Taxis Run By Locals Badly Affected 
July 08, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
Keshav Tiwari owned a small hotel in Bhimtala in Chamoli. Every year, for the past 20 years, he had been adding one room after another to create a 20-room establishment catering to pilgrims visiting Hemkund Saheb Gurudwara in the upper Garhwal hills of Uttarakhand. When calamity struck last month, two decades of Tiwari’s hard labour was swept away in a flashflood, leaving him with nothing except a Rs. 19-lakh bank loan to repay.

More Tourist Amenities At Palaruvi 
July 08, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The Forest Department has cleared a project to provide more facilities to tourists at the Palaruvi waterfalls in Kollam district.

Pilgrim's Progress Excesses Of Deluxe Devotee Blamed For Pilgrimage Tragedies 
July 06, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
In an anthology of travel Eric Newby quotes a list given by VR Ragam in his Pilgrim's Travel Guide to North India and the Himalayas of "suggestive items" to take on a pilgrimage.

Unesco Panel Upgrades Great Himalayan National Park To 'Referral' List 
July 06, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in its 37th session held in Phnom Penh in Combodia gave a go ahead for inscribing six hill forts of Rajasthan on the world heritage list, but put Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in 'referral' list.

AP Tourism Eyes Rs 1,000 Crore Investment In Vizag, Hyderabad 
July 05, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) expects bookings and revenues from West Bengal to double this year.

Maharashtra May Make Insurance Must For Travellers 
July 03, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Minister of state for Relief and Rehabilitation Suresh Dhas told PTI that he had discussed the proposal with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and a draft bill to this effect is likely to be introduced in the Monsoon session starting later this month.

Call To Measure Tourism Impact By Value, Instead Of Number Of Arrivals 
July 01, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Governments are being advised to measure the success of tourism initiatives not by the number of visitor arrivals each year but by the value these tourists bring to the local economies at each destination.

To Save The Hills In Uttarakhand, Stop Pilgrimage Tourism 
July 01, 2013 - economictimes.indiatimes.com
The Uttarakhand devastation is beyond words and defies description. There is a spate of opinions of all kinds in the media, perhaps bigger than the spate in the Ganga itself. I think I need to chip in here though I may be treading on many toes and will be a target of criticism. But the bitter truth must be told in the interest of all.

An Indian Safari At Gorewada Forest 
June 30, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
By 2015, wildlife enthusiasts would be able to comfortably enjoy an Indian safari, replete with animals such as leopards, blackbucks and chinkaras, driving barely 7 km from Nagpur.

Enter In Tourism And Fisheries Sectors To Accommodate Unemployed Youths Chairman ANCOFED 
June 30, 2013 - www.andamansheekha.com
The Andaman and Nicobar co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd conducted its annual general body meeting at the Conference Hall of Megapode Nest today under the Chairmanship of Kuldeep Rai Sharma.

Kerala's Flourishing Sex Tourism Flesh Trade On Houseboats, Youths Supplying College Girls To Tourists 
June 30, 2013 - daily.bhaskar.com
Kerala's virgin beauty has always attracted tourists from across the world. But, this 'land of Gods' has become a hotspot for sex trade.

Kerala Houseboats Unraveling Dirty Secrets 
June 29, 2013 - news.oneindia.in
Tourism in the backwaters of Kerala is not as hunky-dory as it seems. It is easy to forget everything amidst the beauty of the greeneries, but what lies within is rather not revealed. A recent report published by the Deccan Chronicle reveals how Kerala has become a den for sex tourism, gradually taking the form of a racket.

Boat Owners Want Cops To Bust Racket 
June 28, 2013 - www.deccanchronicle.com
Concerned by the report on the sex trade in Kerala carried by dc the All Kerala Houseboat Owners Association on Thursday petitioned both the collector and district police chief to protect the houseboat industry from the racket.

Floods May Cause Rs 12K cr Loss For Uttarakhand Tourism Sector Survey 
June 26, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The devastation caused by torrential rains that lashed Uttarakhand earlier this month is expected to cause a loss of Rs 12,000 crore to the State’s tourism industry in the current fiscal, says a PHDCCI survey.

Tourism Ministry Announces Package For Uttarakhand 
June 26, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi has sanctioned a special package of Rs 100 crore for restoration and reconstruction of the affected Government tourist facilities in Uttarakhand.

APs New Tourism Projects To Attract Private Investment 
June 26, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Andhra Pradesh Tourism is seeking to encourage development of tourism infrastructure under public-private partnership mode.

Uttarakhand Floods Tourism In State Worst Hit By Calamity 
June 25, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Tourism has been worst hit in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, with pilgrims fleeing the disaster-struck state and tourists cancelling their bookings.

India To Register Protest Against Outrageously Pricey UK Visa Bond 
June 25, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
India today asked its High Commission in London to take up with the UK government its decision to collect a visa bond of Rs 2.75 lakh which may have implications on Indians visiting that country.

Kerala Tourism To Conduct International Conference On Responsible Tourism this week 
June 25, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, in association with RT School, Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS), will organise an International Conference on Responsible Tourism (RT) from June 27-29, 2013 in Kumarakom, Kottayam. To be inaugurated by Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, the Conference will be held at the Backwater Ripples resort, a release stated.

Hotels In Allahabad Asked To Deposit Entertainment Tax 
June 25, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Tough action would be taken against hotel owners in Allahabad who fail to deposit Entertainment Tax, said the Rajshekhar, District Magistrate (DM) while presiding over a meeting of hotel owners, last week.

Maharashtra, AP Sign MoU To Promote Tourism 
June 24, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
To provide a major fillip to tourism in the two states, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh (AP) have agreed in principle to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The announcement was made during the inauguration of Tourism Information and Reservation Centre of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) at Tourist Plaza in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Uttarakhand Is Paying The High Price Of Anti-Environmentalism 
June 24, 2013 - www.firstpost.com
“Do you think the cloudburst at Kedarnath happened because of wrong or commercial construction on the river beds of Haridwar? Kedarnath doesn’t even fall in the eco-sensitive zone and the dhabas on the walk path couldn’t have triggered calamity of this magnitude.” declares Vijay Bahuguna when asked by Times of India if Uttarakhand is a “man-made disaster.

6 Hill Forts Of Rajasthan Now In UNESCO World Heritage List 
June 24, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The UNESCO World Heritage List now includes six hill forts of Rajasthan—Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore. The hills forts were approved at the ongoing 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Pnom Penh, Cambodia, informed Bina Kak, Minister for Tourism, Art & Culture, Archaeology, Printing Stationery, Forest & Environment, Woman & Child Development (Additional Charge), Government of Rajasthan.

Demand To Develop Gupta Kashi As Tourist Spot 
June 24, 2013 - www.assamtribune.com
The Biswanath Ghat Dham – better known as ‘Gupta Kashi’ is located on the bank of the mighty Brahmaputra, around 10 km away from Biswanath Chariali town towards the south. It is a witness to the age-old heritage of Assam with as many as 27 temples or ‘devalayas’.

Rs 30 cr For Tourism Projects In Ernakulam 
June 24, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Ernakulam District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) has proposed to implement projects worth Rs 30 crore in this financial year.

Check Rampant Construction, Tourism To Prevent Himalayan Tragedies Experts 
June 23, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
While thousands have suffered the fury of floods in Uttarakhand, experts say worse tragedies may strike the region unless the rampant violation of the Himalayan state's sensitive ecology is checked.

Hotels Can Be Held Accountable For Tragedies 
June 22, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
“Uttarakhand: Simply Heaven” says a blurb on the official website of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board. Today, if “heaven” has turned into hell for thousands of pilgrims and residents, the blame rests squarely on the government.

MoT To Launch '777 Days Of The Indian Himalayas' Campaign On World Tourism Day This Year 
June 22, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will launch a campaign to publicise the tourism potential of the Himalayas and promote the destination internationally. To be called '777 days of the Indian Himalayas', the campaign will be launched on September 27 this year on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

Uttarakhand Disaster Got Magnified Due To Heavy Pilgrim Rush 
June 21, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The massive loss of human life and damage to property this year due to the flash floods in Uttarakhand owe to the unfortunate coincidence that the early monsoon burst came during the peak pilgrimage season, flooding the river valley along a key pilgrim route.

Nilgiris Hotels Lap Up Home-Grown Vegetables 
June 21, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Amid skyrocketing prices of vegetables distorting the pricing of food, star hotels in the Nilgiris, a prime tourist destination in the South, have introduced home-grown vegetables and fruits in their menu.

MoT to Launch '777 Days Of The Indian Himalayas' Campaign on World Tourism Day this Year 
June 20, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will launch a campaign to publicise the tourism potential of the Himalayas and promote the destination internationally. To be called '777 days of the Indian Himalayas', the campaign will be launched on September 27 this year on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

Tourism Minister to Hold Meeting With States Next Month On Tourist Safety 
June 20, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to take steps to curb the negative impact of crimes against foreigners on the country's tourism sector, Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, will convene a meeting with state tourism ministers early next month.

Tourism Ministry To Take Steps For Safety Of Foreign Tourists 
June 19, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Tourism Ministry is worried about the negative fallout of the crimes against foreigners in the country recently and is planning to take steps in consultation with states to ensure their safety in future.

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