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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.

Kerala To Allow Only Responsible Tourism-Compliant Investors 
June 19, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Kerala Tourism has ended the ‘blanket welcome’ policy for investors, and has said that it will allow only those investors who are willing to be Responsible Tourism-compliant. There will be no government support for ventures that have no Responsible Tourism (RT) Classification, R Ayyappan reported in Deccan Chronicle.

Karnataka Mulls Tourism Policy With Eye On Environment 
June 18, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
Karnataka Forest Minister Ramanath Rai told The Pioneer the policy would look into all aspects to safeguard critical and sensitive forest areas. “Eco-tourism is a new concept and Karnataka is interested in promoting it. We are in the process of identifying new spots though safeguarding the environment will be our priority, for which we will formulate guidelines,” he added.

Tourism Dept To Explore Options For Preserving Heritage Sites 
June 18, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
Principal Secretary Tourism, Sajal Chakraborty who had recently been to these sites said, “It in shambles. Layers of paintings are coming out. Once its gone it will never come back.” However Chakraborty confessed that the department is “nothing” compared to the entities that are active in the region.

Airport Projects In Four Cities In Limbo As Promoters Back Out 
June 18, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
While the promoter of Bijapur and Bellary airports — MARG, a Chennai-based firm — has decided to walk out of the project, the construction of Gulbarga and Shimoga airports has stopped because of bickerings among the promoters, official sources said.

Assam Plans To Develop Tourism Circuit Around Brahmaputra 
June 17, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) is working on a project to utilise water-bodies in the state to develop a tourism circuit, as per The Assam Tribune report. Under this plan, work will be taken up to develop infrastructure in ten selected ghats and jetties along the Brahmaputra River.

Gaur Asks Officials To Beautify Boat Club To Promote Tourism 
June 14, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
He asked the officials to especially concentrate in beautifying boat club, lower lake, fish aquarium to Khatlapura temple ghaat. UAD Minister Babulal Gaur along with BMC Commissioner Vishesh Gadpale, officials of MP Tourism Department, Capital Project Administration and officials of BMC visited various tourist spots of the State Capital and inspected the ongoing development works as well.

Colva Coastal Circuit Development Plan Hits Roadblock 
June 14, 2013 - www.goanewsonline.com
Colva coastal circuit development plan, a proposal of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) to develop infrastructure facilities at the Colva beach areas, has hit a roadblock with locals and the  panchayat body collectively demanding minute of details of the project before accepting it in the gram sabha.

Steps On To Save Varkala Cliffs 
June 13, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The State government has initiated steps to protect the Varkala cliffs and make it a UNESCO geo-heritage site, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday.

Tourist Boats Banned For 30 Days In Alappuzha 
June 13, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
District Collector N. Padmakumar has banned shikkara boats and other small boats from operating on lakes and other waterbodies in the district for the next 30 days. The order is as per Section 144 (1) and (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC), 1973.

Centre To Promote Solar Power In Tamil Nadu Hospitality Sector 
June 12, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India is targeting the hospitality sector and hospitals in Tamil Nadu to promote solar energy as an alternative. To demonstrate this, the Centre has partnered with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Fund (GEF) to conduct programmes based on solar power for market development.

Aruvikkaras Tourism Potential To Be Explored 
June 12, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The green environs of Aruvikkara, known mainly for its reservoir that quenches the capital city’s thirst, is on the threshold of a major facelift, Finance Minister K.M. Mani has said.

Future Tense For Seaplane Project As Protest Simmers 
June 11, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The future of seaplane operations in the State is shrouded in doubt following allegations that the project will threaten the livelihood of fisherfolk.

Hotels To Be Removed From Sonar Fort In Jaisalmer 
June 10, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The district authorities in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan have started preparations to ban hotels and restaurants functioning in the Sonar Fort, one of the living forts in the world. Plans are also being made to make the Fort a horn-free, and polythene-free zone, according to a TOI report.

Plans Apace For Bhavapuri Beach Festival 
June 10, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The sun-kissed tranquil beach at Suryalanka near Bapatla in Guntur district, where Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has developed a property – Haritha beach resort, is witnessing a flurry of activity ahead of a beach festival proposed to he hosted by the Tourism Corporation this month-end.

Plan To Promote Brahmaputra Tourism 
June 09, 2013 - www.assamtribune.com
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) is working on an ambitious project to utilize the water-bodies in the State to develop a new tourism circuit. Under this plan, work will be taken up to develop the infrastructure in ten selected ghats and jetties along the Brahmaputra River.

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.

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