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Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
The Indian state under the increasing influence of Hindu nationalism is using Hindu pilgrimage sites..
 
“Aswachh Bharat” marks Amarnath yatra 
July 15, 2018

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

Do we enjoy the same quality of life as our male counterparts? How can we, when the figures of women..

 
Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long..
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS

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.


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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.



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.



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.



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