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Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017

Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra

Corporatising Tourism in Manipur 
April 10, 2017
The Government of Manipur in its endeavour to provide job opportunities and overall progress in the State
Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 
February 16, 2017
This report explores the inter-linkages between three areas: children, tourism and migration
‘It’s Time Tourism Industry Took Difficult Decisions To Stay Responsible And Sustainable: Experts' 
January 23, 2017

Tourism industry experts, industry watchers and advocates of responsible and sustainable tourism...

Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa 
April 01, 2016
Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa

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.

Talks Soon On Seaplane Service 
June 09, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The State government will hold talks with various trade unions of fishermen again to allay apprehensions raised by the fisherfolk over the seaplane project and start services at the earliest.

ONGC To Adopt 6 Monuments Under Campaign Clean India As Part Of CSR 
June 07, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has agreed to a proposal of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) for adopting six monuments under the Campaign Clean India, stated a PIB release. This initiative is part of ONGC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Bolgatty May Not Be Suitable For Seaplane Landing 
June 07, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
Though Kochi tops the districts in the State in terms of tourist arrivals in Kerala, the seaplane project, expected to boost prospects of tourism, is yet to locate its landing site here.

Holistic Approach To Sustainable Tourism 
June 07, 2013 - Express Travel World
The Bhopal International Conference on Sustainable Tourism (BICST), 2013 organised by Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) in association with Madhya Pradesh Tourism saw 150 delegates from India and overseas carry out two days of focused discussions on creating a balance between tourism, conservation and local livelihoods. The subject of the conference was 'Tourism: Enabler for Conservation, Livelihood and Sustainable Growth', and brought together experts from diverse fields who shared a common interest. The conference was represented by NGOs, conservationists, forest department officials, tourism authorities, the travel trade and hoteliers.

Further Thrust To Campaign Clean India By Ministry Of Tourism 
June 06, 2013 - pib.nic.in
At the initiative of Ministry of Tourism under the aegis of Dr.K.Chiranjeevi , Archeological survey of India (ASI) has agreed to the proposal of ONGC for adopting six monuments under Campaign Clean India. The six monuments/tourist destinations are: Taj Mahal at Agra, Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, Elephanta Caves in Maharashtra, Red Fort in Delhi, Golkonda Fort Hyderabad and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. 

National Green Tribunal Order Could Close Over 50% Of Industries, Restaurants In Goa 
June 05, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed pollution control boards across the country to close down all units, including hotels, running without the consent to operate under the air and water acts. A letter containing the order sent by Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) dated June 3 was received by the Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) on Tuesday, could shut down over 50% of industries and hotels in Goa, operating without the consent under the acts.

Seaplane Operations In Turbulent Waters 
June 05, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
Seaplane operations capable of transforming the tourism map of God’s Own Country have hit turbulent weather.

First Phase Of Alappuzha Mega Tourism Project Expected To Be Completed In Three Years 
June 04, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
K C Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India and Member of Parliament of Alappuzha Lok Sabha Constituency, has said that the first phase of the Alappuzha Mega Tourism project will be completed within three years. The decision comes after reports about the lack of safety measures for Backwater Tourism in the district located in Kerala, Deccan Chronicle reported.

TN Tourism Plans Tourist Facilities Along Highways 
June 04, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Tamil Nadu (TN) Tourism Department plans to provide tourist-friendly facilities along highways by establishing high-standard amenities at an interval of 50 kms. Both private and corporate promoters would be encouraged to take part in the project.

Big Hotels Sign MoU On Waste Water Management 
June 03, 2013 - www.tribuneindia.com
Around 32 five-star hotels in Delhi today signed an MoU with the Department of Environment, Delhi Government, to preserve natural resources by complying with Green Hotel Guidelines.

Goa Forms Committee For Promoting Tourism 
June 03, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Government of Goa has constituted a marketing and promotion committee to finalise branding plans and marketing strategies for tourism and other promotional and marketing related matters. The committee is constituted under the chairmanship of the state's tourism minister.

Pending CRZ Clearance Might Delay Tamil Nadu Maritime Heritage Museum Project 
June 03, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Despite spending a hefty sum in ferrying Indian Navy’s decommissioned submarine, INS Vagli, to Chennai from Visakhapatnam last month and sanctioning an amount for the project, the Tamil Nadu Maritime Heritage Museum project of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) is likely to get delayed due to stringent environmental norms, J.V. Siva Prasanna Kumar reported in Deccan Chronicle.

Seaplanes Take Kerala Tourism On A New High  
June 02, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
Kerala on Sunday became the first state in the country to launch an amphibian seaplane service — to be performed by a vehicle that can fly and move on water and land — for tourism purposes.

Seaplane Announces Arrival Under A Plume Of Water 
May 31, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The whirring of a propeller teamed with the rumble of an engine prompted everyone assembled at the hangar of the Cochin International Airport Limited’s Maintenance Overhaul and Repair facility to gaze at the low flying aircraft that whizzed about overhead.

Balmer Lawrie In Talks To Acquire Domestic Tour Operator 
May 29, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
State-owned Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd plans to acquire a domestic company offering tour operating services. Its travel services arm, Balmer Lawrie Tours and Travel, garnered revenues of Rs 1,132 crore during 2012-13, accounting for nearly 44 per cent of the company’s net sales.

Governor Calls Metro Gravest Injustice To Karnataka 
May 27, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking at an event here, Bhardwaj said, “The Delhi Metro is a pleasure to see and has eased the congestion there. But, here, it has destroyed the outlook of the City.” The Governor made this observation while speaking on the need to rejuvenate the tourism industry which has suffered over the past decade due to heavy construction activity and destruction of the environment.

New Tourism Policy On The Anvil 
May 26, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The State government will soon announce a new tourism policy to give a fillip to tourism-related activities, Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R.V. Deshpande said here on Sunday.

'Invisible Forces' Trying To Stall Kerala's Progress Kunhalikutty 
May 23, 2013 - newindianexpress.com
Kerala Industries and Information Technology Minister P K Kunhalikutty Thursday said some invisible forces were trying to stall the state's progress on all fronts but refused to identify them.

Tourism Min Plans Own Ich Degrees 
May 22, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
ICH will be an umbrella body, which will set common rules for all the Institutes of Hotel Management’s (IHMs) in a way similar to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) council, which sets fees, salaries, and key regulations for all IITs. The ICH will consist of institute directors and chairpersons from central and state institutes.

Centre To Set Up Panel For India Tourism 
May 22, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism has decided to set up this Council. And, the senior functionaries of Chandigarh and Northern States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir would be part of the council.

Hampis Past Awaits A Future 
May 20, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
There is hardly any archaeological site in this country that is as rich in history, vast in expanse, spectacular in sight and complex in nature as Hampi. Conserving this medieval city, integrating it with its surroundings and enriching the tourist experience, is a challenge.

Seaplane Project Likely To Take Off On May 27  
May 20, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
With the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) giving the green signal on Thursday, the much awaited seaplane project of the State is set to take off from the Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam by May-end.

Kumarakom Set To Become Global Centre For Responsible Tourism 
May 19, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Backwater destination of Kumarakom will be declared as a global destination for responsible tourism, seeking to link the local community with hospitality industry.

FAITH Formed To Resolve Tourism Industry Issues  
May 16, 2013 - newindianexpress.com
In a bid to lobby for policy changes for the industry and press for its long standing demands, about 10 tourism and hotel associations of India have come together to form  Federation of Association in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH).

23 Villages Around Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve To Be No Go Zones For Resorts 
May 15, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
In order to allow free passage for wildlife, the local advisory committee (LAC) of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) has proposed no go zones for resorts in 23 villages close to the tiger reserve.

Paying Guest Scheme To Help Citizens Take Part In Tourism Biz 
May 14, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
More importantly, as the officials concerned of the Nainital district tourism department said, the State Government has already launched a paying guest scheme to encourage the common people to plunge into the tourism business in the hill State.

'Tourism Projects Should Be Based On Local Culture 
May 12, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The people of Vizag are upbeat about business and employment prospects with the Vizag-Bhimili corridor project getting underway and Union tourism minister Chiranjeevi promising a plethora of other projects to make Vizag a tourism hotspot.

West Bengal Eyes Private Participation For Tourism Project 
May 10, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com

West Bengal expects adequate participation from private companies to develop a Rs 1,500-crore mega tourism project at Gajoldoba in North Bengal.

Civil Aviation Ministry Grants In-Principle Approval For 15 Greenfield Airports 
May 09, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has granted in-principle approval for setting up 15 Greenfield airports across the country, out of which physical work at six airports—Gulbarga, Hassan, Shimoga in Karnataka, Durgapur in West Bengal, Pakyong in Sikkim, and Shirdi in Maharashtra, has already commenced, a release stated. K C Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, said that necessary action for project development, including acquisition of land, financing of the airport project, etc., 

Virgin Himalayan Peaks To Be Promoted To Woo Tourists 
May 09, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Stepping up efforts to make India a summer tourist destination, the government will promote virgin peaks of Himalaya to woo tourists.

Tourism Minister Lays Foundation Stone For Vizag-Bheemili Beach Corridor 
May 08, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The foundation stone for the Rs 45.89-crore beach corridor tourism circuit project between Visakhapatnam (Vizag) and 17th century Dutch township of Bheemunipatnam was recently laid by Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India.

Rs8 Crore To Be Spent On Tourism 
May 08, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
Through the works, infrastructure development will be undertaken and basic amenities will be provided at various tourist spots in Rewa and Singrauli districts

GCZMA May Issue Notices To Coastal Panchayats 
May 07, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Goa State Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) is contemplating issuing notices to coastal panchayats over their inaction over illegal constructions in CRZ areas within their jurisdictions. Presently, over 1,500 cases of such violations are pending before the GCZMA.

Sikkim To Be Self Reliant By The End Of 12th Plan Period  
May 07, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

While states are asking for more and more central assistance, tiny Himalayan state Sikkim sets a target to be self reliant after being debt free by the end of 12th plan period. But the question remains -how far achievable the target is?

Coringa Cottage Plan Triggers Protest 
May 07, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
The sudden decision of the Tourism Department to construct tourist cottages abutting Coringa mangroves has evoked severe criticism from environmentalists.

Minister Scraps Mobile Tourism App Project 
May 07, 2013 - www.thestatesman.net

A few taps on your mobile phone would be enough to get all information about tourist destinations of Bengal, courtesy a mobile-based tourism application project of the state tourism department.

State Tourism Makes Hay As The Summer Sun Shines 
May 07, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
Summer for the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has been exceptionally good, with all its three resorts in Pune division reporting 100 per cent occupancy for the last few weeks. Naina Bondarde, regional manager, MTDC, said the water park at the Karla resort too witnessed a large footfall over the last few weeks.

Goa To Adopt New Marketing Strategies For Tourism Promotion 
May 06, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Goa Tourism Department has adopted a new marketing strategy to the state nationally and internationally. Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Woman & Child Development, Government of Goa, said at the recent Goa Assembly about the new methods of marketing used for promoting the state by his department.

Maharashtra To Hike Tourism Publicity Spend By Almost Three Times This Year  
May 06, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a bid to boost tourism, Maharashtra will this year spend nearly three times the money it spent last year to market not only the state’s destinations, but also its culture and cuisine. 

More Than 3,000 Travel Agents Across India To Shut Shop Tomorrow TAAI President 
May 06, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Over 3,000 travel agents across the country will voluntarily shut shop tomorrow in order to protest against the zero commission policy followed by airlines and range of other issues affecting their business and threatening their survival like the impending Weekly Settlement system, disparity in fares etc. 

West Bengal Plans Special Police Force For Tourists 
May 06, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
 The Government of West Bengal plans to introduce a special police force for tourist destinations in the state soon, as per The Hindu Business Line report.

Changing Role Of Government In Tourism Sector From Regulator To Catalyst 
May 04, 2013 - pib.nic.in
The role of Government in tourism development has been redefined from that of a regulator to that of a catalyst. Apart from marketing and promotion, the focus of tourism development plans is now on integrated development of enabling infrastructure through effective partnership with various stake holders.

India 4th Fastest Growing Asian Tourist Destination CNN Survey 
May 04, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia, according to findings from a CNN global travel survey. The results also position the country as the region’s fourth fastest growing tourist destination and the third most attractive business for investment opportunities, after China and Hong Kong, a release stated.

Tourists Cause Pollution Problems In Nilgiris dt. 
May 04, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
Long considered by many as the best time of the year to visit this hill station, summer is also viewed as the worst from the environment and pollution point of view.

Aranmula Airport Gets National Green Tribunal Reprieve 
May 01, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Chennai bench of the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday dismissed a petition which challenged decisions, including industrial area notification for the proposed Aranmula airport project and the no-objection certificate granted by the state government for it.

MEHAIR To Launch Seaplane Services From Mumbai In June This Year 
April 30, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR), which operates seaplane services in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has received all necessary aviation, tourism and security clearances, and is ready to launch seaplane services in Maharashtra with Mumbai as its base.

MEHAIR To Launch Seaplane Services From Mumbai In June This Year 
April 30, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com

The Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR), which operates seaplane services in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has received all necessary aviation, tourism and security clearances, and is ready to launch seaplane services in Maharashtra with Mumbai as its base. MEHAIR will also start a commuter service from Juhu to Nariman Point for Rs 750, according to report in Mumbai Mirror.

Pilgrims Progress Rough Or Smooth 
April 30, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
The sacred spots of India, shrines with their own calendars of auspicious days, attract an unbelievable number of devotees and tourists — both desi and foreign — round the year.

Stop Tours To The Andamans, Says London Tribal Rights Group 
April 30, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
A global tribal rights group today launched a tourism boycott of Andaman Islands until the "degrading practice" of conducting 'human safaris' to see the 400-strong Jarawa tribe is stopped.

Goa Amphibian Planes To Boost Tourism Soon 
April 30, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
According to State Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, it will be used to transport tourists from one tourist location to the next.

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