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May 29, 2017

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May 15, 2017

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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


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.

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.

Goa To Finalise Agency For Tourism Master Plan By End Of May 2013 
April 27, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
An agency for preparing a master plan for Goa tourism will be finalised by end of next month. The master plan will be ready within 18 months from the date of selecting the agency, and will be prepared taking into confidence Members of Legislative Assembly, said Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Woman & Child Development, Government of Goa, at the Goa Assembly yesterday, as per a report in The Times of India.

Hotels And Restaurants Plan For Nationwide Closure On April 29, 2013 
April 26, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
All hotels and restaurants throughout the country will be closed on April 29, 2013 in protest against the levy of Service Tax on air conditioned (AC) restaurants announced in the Union Budget for 2013-14.

Forest Dept Comes Up With Ramganga Ecotourism Map 
April 26, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
The beautiful map comprises pictographic information about fish, turtles and other species booming in the river. Green in colour, the map also carries information about avian, including grey headed fish eagle, Pallas’s fish eagle, hen harrier, lesser pied kingfisher, great Indian hornbill make their habitat on trees on the river bank.

Protection To Foreign Tourists  
April 25, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi has said that in order to ensure safety and security of tourists/foreign tourists, Ministry of Tourism has advised all the State Governments/UT Administrations to deploy Tourist Police.

Goa Tourism Bans Drinking Alcohol On Beaches 
April 24, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
People carrying liquor glass bottles and drinking on Goa's beaches will soon be history as the State Tourism Department has directed the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) not to allow anybody to step on the beach with alcohol or glass bottles, according to a TOI report.

Green Activist Moves National Tribunal Against Puri Pollution 
April 24, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Environment activist SubhasDatta has moved the National Green Tribunal on pollution at Puri, eastern India's biggest pilgrimage and tourist site. The town with a population of about 2 lakh and rudimentary civic and other support infrastructure, caters to more than 1.5 million tourists.

Badal Reviews Progress Of Sikh Circuit Tourism Development Plan 
April 24, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
Presiding over a high-level meeting of the Tourism Department, the Chief Minister was apprised by the Principal Secretary, Tourism, Geetika Kalha that under the Plan, various historical sites in the cities and towns of great Sikh historic significance would be developed with uniform theme to promote Sikh tourism showcasing rich cultural heritage.

India To Launch First Seaplane Operation 
April 22, 2013 - www.ainonline.com
The state of Kerala in Southwest India has invested $2.2 million in a seaplane operation to promote major destinations located near its 24 lakes and water bodies known for backwater tourism and houseboats.

Russian, Israeli Mafias Exist In Goa Wikileaks 
April 20, 2013 - www.goanewsonline.com
 While chief minister ManoharParrikardoes not believe that Russian and Israeli mafiasoperate in Goa, Mumbai police are sure of it,Wikileaks has claimed citing a recently declassified US diplomatic cable.

High Level Working Group Recommends Promotion Of Ecotourism In Western Ghats To Empower Local 
April 20, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The ten-member High Level Working Group (HLWG), headed by Dr K Kasturirangan, recommended, among various other things, promotion of Ecotourism along the ecologically-volatile Western Ghats to preserve the depleting natural wealth of the area and at the same time economically empower the local population.

IHCL Partners With Govt Of Maharashtra To Set Up Skills Training Academy At ITI Campus In Lonavla 
April 20, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) yesterday announced its partnership with the Government of Maharashtra to set up a skill training facility at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) campus in Lonavla.

Funds Approved To Develop Tourism In Bastar 
April 19, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
State Tourism Minister Brijmohan Agarwal said in such statement that the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh is replete with natural, archaeological and historical tourist destinations.

J&K Golf Development And Management Authority Bill Passed To Promote Golf Tourism 
April 18, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The J&K Golf Development and Management Authority Bill was recently passed by the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government with the intention of creating an all-year golfing calendar that puts the state on the Golf Tourism map.

Panambur Beach To Have 20 New Tents For Vernight Stays 
April 18, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project (PBTDP), Mangalore is gearing up to install 20 tents on the shores to accommodate tourists at nights. Last year, PBTDP had installed nine air-conditioned furnished tents on the shore. Each of these tents could accommodate two people.

Tripura Proposes a Wagah-Like Border Ceremony In Agartala 
April 18, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The Tripura Government would like a ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at Akhaura border in Agartala, similar to the one being held in the Wagah border in Punjab, State Tourism Minister Ratan Bhowmik has said. The border security force (BSF) and its Bangladesh counterpart have accepted the proposal, but the same needs to be ratified by the Governments of both countries.

Sikkim Wants RAMSAR Inclusion Of Its Wetlands 
April 17, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Inclusion of well deserving high altitude lakes of tiny Indian Himalayan state Sikkim into the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance may bring a new boon into the tourism sector of the state by significantly increasing academic tourist inflow there.

RTDC To Hand Over 22 Non-Performing Accommodation Units To State Government 
April 17, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) Ltd will hand over 22 accommodation units, identified as non-performing, to the state government.

Skill Development Programmes For Youth By Tourism Dept 
April 16, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) has been set up by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation to impart training to youths of the State in various aspects of tourism. MP Institute of Hospitality Training (MPIHT) has been set up to impart training as service providers in hospitality sector as well as freshers.

No Shack Licence To Playboy Or Any International Company: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar 
April 16, 2013 - www.goanewsonline.com
Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that as shacks are allotted as per the shack policy in the name of the applicant, there is no question of issuing a shack licence to Playboy or any other international company.

J&K Golf Development And Management Authority Bill Passed To Promote Golf Tourism 
April 16, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The J&K Golf Development and Management Authority Bill was recently passed by the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government with the intention of creating an all-year golfing calendar that puts the state on the Golf Tourism map.

MoT Proposes Extending VoA Facility To More Airports 
April 16, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is in talks with the Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs to extend the Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility at more airports like Bengaluru and Hyderabad to visitors from about 15 countries, the PTI reported.

Environment Ministry To Soon Fix Green Norms For SEZs, Realty Sector, Roads 
April 15, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The environment ministry is likely to decide on a second set of key changes in green norms meant for SEZs, roads and the real estate sector, especially multi-storey buildings, next week. The committee it had formed on easing green regulations for clearances impacting these specific industries and sectors has submitted its report and the ministry is likely to take a view on it in the coming days.

India's 'One Month Wives' Sex Tourism 
April 15, 2013 - newindianexpress.com
A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying 'one month wives' for sex.

Fisherfolk, Green Activists Slam Seaplane Project 
April 13, 2013 - newindianexpress.com
While the state is gearing up to welcome seaplanes into the Punnamada and Ashtamudi lakes next month, the move is drawing flak from both environmentalists and fishermen.

Efforts On For Developing Tourism In Uttarakhand Chief Minister 
April 12, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Efforts are being made to develop tourism as the backbone of Uttarakhand’s economy, Vijay Bahuguna, Chief Minister of the state said while laying the foundation of infrastructure projects worth Rs 38 crore at Muni Ki Reti in Rishikesh recently, according to a PTI report.

UNWTO Urges Vice President To Position Tourism Higher On The Global Agenda 
April 11, 2013 - pib.nic.in
The Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Mr. Taleb Rifai accompanied by Union Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi handed over an “Open Letter” to Vice President Shri M.Hamid Ansari here today.

BJP, Cong, NGO oppose Playboy cafe 
April 11, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Playboy's plans to open its cafe in Candolim has come under heavy fire from the BJP-whose ruling government is contemplating giving it permission-the Congress and women's NGO BailanchoSaad.

BJP, Cong Step Up Opposition Against Playboy’s Goa Plan 
April 10, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The BJP Goa unit has decided to stand by its legislator who has opposed Playboy Club’s plan to open a branch at Candolim beach which has been under consideration of the state tourism ministry.

UP To Unveil Policy On Heritage Tourism Soon Chief Minister 
April 10, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has said the government is working on a comprehensive model for preserving and promoting the state's heritage, as per a TOI report. "We will come up with a proper policy in this regard soon," he said while addressing a seminar on the potential of Heritage Tourism in UP, last week.

Madhya Pradesh Government To Seek Loan From ADB For Tourism Development 
April 10, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
The Madhya Pradesh government will seek a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for promoting tourism in the state.

Goa Minister Seeks Time To Respond On Playboy Club Issue  
April 09, 2013 - newindianexpress.com
Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar today sought time to respond to the Calling Attention motion moved by BJP legislator Michael Lobo on the issue of Playboy Club, which has sought permission to open a branch in the state.

Plea Not To Dilute Gadgil Panel Report 
April 09, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala River Protection Council has called upon K. Kasturirangan, chairman of the high-level working group on Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), not to dilute the recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil committee.

Goa Minister Seeks Time To Respond On Playboy Club Issue 
April 09, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar today sought time to respond to the Calling Attention motion moved by BJP legislator Michael Lobo on the issue of Playboy Club, which has sought permission to open a branch in the state.

Plea Not To Dilute Gadgil Panel Report 
April 09, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala River Protection Council has called upon K. Kasturirangan, chairman of the high-level working group on Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), not to dilute the recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil committee.

Defence Ministry Keeps Seaplanes At Bay 
April 08, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
amphibious aircraft that can land on runways or in water bodies during the course of a single journey is all set to get longer.

Minister Mega Plan Prepared For Dantewada Tourism Development 
April 07, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
Tourism Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said here on Saturday that a work plan has been prepared under the Mega Circuit Central Project for providing basic facilities to the tourists at Saathdhara (Barsoor) in Dantewada district.

Chetpet Lake Set For A Rs 42 Crore Major Revamp 
April 05, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Chetpet lake, the only surviving water body in the heart of the city, has been an eyesore for years, with dense vegetation, garbage from nearby slum tenements and free flow of sewage from inlets. But, the state government plans to give a facelift to the water body at a cost of Rs 42 crore.

Greens Seek To Steamroll KIOCL’s Luxury Eco-Tourism Project 
April 04, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
Wildlife First, Bangalore, a conservation advocacy organisation, which petitioned the Supreme Court leading to the closure of mining in Kudremukh, has opposed the move by the KIOCL (formerly Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd.) to enter the eco-tourism sector utilising its existing infrastructure at Kudremukh.

KIOCL Plans To Foray Into Ecotourism With Rs 805-cr Investment 
April 04, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Public sector undertaking KIOCL plans to enter the Ecotourism segment utilising existing infrastructure at Kudremukh in Karnataka, and will invest Rs 805 crore on the new project. “In order to utilise the existing infrastructure created at Kudremukh in Chikkamagaluru, we are planning to enter into a new business opportunities like Ecotourism,” Malay Chatterjee, Chairman and Managing Director, KIOCL, said.

MoT Approves Financial Assistance For 3 Mega Tourism Projects For Madhya Pradesh 
April 04, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Madhya Pradesh (MP) has received approval for Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for three mega tourism projects - Jabalpur, Bundelkhand and Ujjain - from the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India under the Development of Mega Destinations/Circuits scheme for financial year 2012-13.

State Tourism Gets 92 Crore From Centre 
April 04, 2013 - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
Religious tourism in the state is set to receive a major boost as the Union tourism ministry has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 44 crore for the development of the Solapur mega circuit, which includes the pilgrimage spots of Pandharpur, Akkalkot, Tuljapur and Solapur.

HP All Set To Implement Tourism Plan 
April 03, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
"Currently, tourism contributes 9.7 per cent of the total GSDP and is one of the major source of economy development and employment generation both directly and indirectly," said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who also hold the tourism portfolio, in his reply to a resolution moved under rule -130 of Assembly by BJP MLA Govind Thakur.

20-year Tourism Master Plan Almost Ready CM 
April 02, 2013 - www.tribuneindia.com
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said a 20-year tourism master plan was being prepared to promote tourism which not only made a significant contribution to the economy but provided employment avenues as well.

Green Tribunal Stays Construction Of Aranmula Airport Project 
April 02, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The National Green Tribunal has stayed the construction of the Aranmula airport project in Kerala.It has objected to the conversion of wet land and paddy fields in to industrial land, marking a major setback to the project, in which the Kerala Government has a 15 per cent stake.

Tourism Minister Okays Funding For Backwater Circuit Development In Alappuzha, Kerala 
April 02, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to the tune of Rs 47.62 crore for the development of the backwater circuit in Alappuzha into a mega circuit in Kerala, a release stated. The project is expected to be commissioned within 36 months.

KIOCL Plans To Enter Eco-Tourism Sector With Rs. 805-cr. Investment 
April 02, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
State-run Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL) plans to enter the eco-tourism sector utilising its existing infrastructure at Kudremukh by investing Rs. 805 crore on the new project.

Casino Culture Taking Root In Goa State Tourism Minister  
April 01, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Women & Child Development, Government of Goa has said that casino culture is slowly picking up pace in the state, the IANS reported.

FTAs To India Down 25% In Previous 3 Months Due To Security Concerns Survey 
April 01, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Foreign tourist inflows to India have registered a significant drop of 25 per cent in the first three months of this year in the wake of rape incidents reported in India, according to a survey undertaken by the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF).

13 State Tourism Properties Yet To Generate Income 
April 01, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
The hotels and motels had been constructed involving a cost of `50 crore in which the remaining properties had generated income of `3.45 crore during the past six years.The resorts developed at Gangrel, Chitrakot and Mohda had generated income of `1.45 crore each.

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