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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..

 
India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

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Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
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The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

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Amarnath Yatra Clashes With Burhan Wani Death Anniversary, Forces Anxious 
May 29, 2017

In exactly a month from now will begin the annual pilgrimage to...

 
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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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.



Chiranjeevi Approves Tourism Project in Kerala 
April 01, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to the tune of Rs. 47.62 crore for development of back water circuit in Alappuzha in back water region as a mega circuit in Kerala.



Tourism Project Of Andhra Pradesh Approved 
April 01, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to the tune of Rs. 45.88 crore for the development of Vishakapatnam- Bheemunipatnam Beach Corridor Mega Circuit in Andhra Pradesh.



Mumbai Ranks 3rd Globally For Cheap Hotel Room Service Cost TripAdvisor 
March 31, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Mumbai is the third cheapest city in the world for travellers in terms of cost of room services in hotels, revealed a survey by TripAdvisor.



CII Suggests To Adopt Singapore's Tourism Model For Goa 
March 30, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Goa can be modelled as Singapore as one of the leading destinations for high-end tourism, Atul Pai Kane, Chairman, Goa Council, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said, the IANS reported.



Jharkhand Witnessed 360% Rise In Foreign Tourist Arrivals Between 2010 & 2011 MoT 
March 30, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Jharkhand has emerged as a more preferred destination in India for foreign tourists as the state registered over 360 per cent growth in terms of visitors from abroad between 2010 and 2011, according to a report of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India.



Maintain Peace To Boost Tourism In The State J&K Tourism Minister 
March 30, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government yesterday asked people in the state to maintain peace to boost the tourism sector, which is a major contributor to the state's economy, the PTI reported.



MTDC To Set Up 300 Kiosks Across The State To Provide Destination Information 
March 30, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) yesterday launched an electronic information kiosk at Nariman Point in Mumbai. The kiosk will make available information about popular tourist destinations to visitors, as per a TOI report.



GSTC To Pilot Chile And Peru For New Criteria And Indicators For Destinations On Sustainable Tourism 
March 29, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has selected Machu Picchu corridor in Peru, and the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas, and Frutillar in Chile for the second round of its pilot programme to test the new Criteria and Indicators for Destinations. These new Early Adopters are the first South American destinations to participate, stated a release.



Land Prices Go Up Three Times Around Kuno Sanctuary 
March 28, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Real estate prices in and around Kuno-Palpur sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh have sky-rocketed, days after the Supreme Court ruled for shifting some of the Asiatic lions from Gujarat's Gir forest. The erstwhile royalty in Kuno has also come up with fresh legal claims for some of the heritage structures in the area.



MP To Raise Special Security Force For Foreign Tourists 
March 28, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
A special force will be raised in Madhya Pradesh (MP) for security and facility of foreign tourists. The move comes after a Swiss woman's gang rape earlier this month and the rape of a South Korean woman in January 2013, which dented Madhya Pradesh's tourist-friendly image, a report by Jamal Ayub in The Times of India stated.



Special Force For Security Of Tourists In State: Shivraj 
March 28, 2013 - www.centralchronicle.com
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a special force will be raised in Madhya Pradesh for security and facility of foreign tourists.



Odisha To Develop Tampara Wetland As Tourist Destination 
March 27, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Tampara, a wetland near Chhatrapur, district headquarters town of Ganjam in Odisha, will be developed into a major tourist destination following state government's decision to revive the mini lake, the PTI reported.



Kerala's Gets Its First IVFRT System For Tracking Stay Of Foreign Nationals 
March 26, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Kerala’s first Immigration, Visa, Foreigner Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) system was recently inaugurated by V J Kurien IAS, Managing Director, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), at the office of the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) at the airport.



StateTourism A Profit Earner 
March 25, 2013 - www.dailypioneer.com
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said that the State Government was making all possible efforts to exploit the tourism potential of the State to its full.



Tourism Minister Urges Chidambaram For More Allocation To Tourism Ministry  
March 22, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi called on Union Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambram here today and urged him for higher budgetery allocation for Tourism Ministry.



Kerala Tourism To Launch Seaplane Project & Project Muziris By Year End 
March 22, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Madhya Pradesh, being the pioneer state in India to launch intra state air tax services through a joint venture between Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) and Ventura AirConnect Pvt. Ltd., has won the National Tourism Award this year in the category of Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project – Air Taxi.



West Bengal Signs MoU With Pawan Hans 
March 22, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The West Bengal government, earlier this week inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with state-run helicopter firm Pawan Hans Ltd., to avail services of sea-planes, helicopters and fixed-wing planes to boost its tourism and industrial potential, according to a report by IANS.



Four Countries Issue Travel Advisory Against India 
March 21, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In a major blow to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), the UK, US, Australia and Switzerland have issued travel advisory to its citizens against visiting India after the recent incident of a British woman jumping out of a hotel room window in Agra, fearing sexual assault.



Development Of Tourism In Karnataka 
March 21, 2013 - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned a Mega Project for ‘Development of Tourism Infrastructure at Hampi World Heritage Site in Karnataka’. So far the Ministry has released Rs.26.27 crore.



CRZ Activists Root For Once-Strong 'Patrol Strategy' 
March 21, 2013 - www.goanewsonline.com
 A weekly system of patrolling by mamlatdars and fortnightly monitoring by deputy collectors was a workable strategy to keep abreast of encroachments in CRZ areas; strengthening it would keep violators on their toes, say environmentalists.



Kerala Tourism To Launch Seaplane Project & Project Muziris By Year End 
March 21, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Kerala Tourism has announced a Seaplane Project and Project Muziris, in order to enhance travel experience and add to its array of tourist sites. Introducing both projects, Nandakumar K P, Tourist Information Officer, Kerala Tourism, said, “The Seaplane Project is aimed at improving last-mile connectivity by air to destinations across the state, while Project Muziris is directed at reinstating the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris and will house more then 25 museums to appreciate the Muziris Heritage." 



Safety And Security Is The Topmost Priority Of Tourism Ministry 
March 20, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Union Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi has expressed his deep anguish at the reported attempt to assault a British tourist in Agra. Addressing the consultative committee of his Ministry, here yesterday, he said that safety and security of tourists is the topmost priority of his Ministry.



Illegal JLR Resort In BR Hills Raises Greens Hackles  
March 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com-deccanherald
Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), a government-owned company, runs a resort in the heart of Biligiriranganath- aswamy Temple (BR) Hills, a key tiger reserve, in violation of an apex court order, earning the wrath of environmentalists.



Tourism Depends On Effective Portrayal Of Culture 
March 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com-deccanherald
He was speaking after the inauguration of national seminar on ‘Archaeological, Historical and Cultural Tourism in South India’ organised by Mahajana Tourism Development
Institute in the city.



Congress Plays Heritage, Green And Yoga Cards 
March 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com-deccanherald
The party, which released its manifesto on Saturday, has made these promises to the City, which is the biggest City Corporation going to polls on March 7.Congress not only wants to declare the rich green surroundings of Chamundi as a buffer zone, but it also aims to develop it on the lines of the botanical garden in Ooty.



Committee On Tourism 
March 15, 2013 - pib.nic.in
An Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee (IMCCTS) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to facilitate resolution of Inter-Ministerial issues involved in the development of tourism in the country.



Kerala Tourism Earns Rs 21,125 Crore Revenue In 2012 
March 14, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Kerala Tourism's total revenue, both direct and indirect, touched the Rs 21,125-crore mark in 2012, compared with Rs 19,037 crore the year before. Kerala saw 7.94 lakh foreign tourists arrive last year, as compared with 7.33 lakh in 2011.



BSRBA Flays Annual Licence Fee Hike 
March 14, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Bihar State Restaurant and Bar Association (BSRBA) is not happy with the state government's decision to increase the annual licence hike fee more than three times. The members are of the view that the hike will have a very adverse impact on their day-to-day business, according to a TOI report.



India To Debut In Tourism Ireland's 'Global Greening' Initiative On St Patrick's Day This 
March 14, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
India will for the first time participate in the annual ‘global greening’ initiative of Tourism Ireland, with the Gateway of India, Mumbai being illuminated in green on St Patrick's Day on March 17 this year.



MSRDC Invites Bids For Setting Up Theme Park On Mumbai-Pune Expressway 
March 14, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) intends to set up a theme park along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for which they have invited bids.



Asia Medical Tourism Analysis Reports India Set To Garner 30% Growth 
March 13, 2013 - www.pharmabiz.com
India will receive nearly half a million medical tourists and the sector is set to garner a 30 per cent annual growth, according to Renub Research report titled "Asia Medical Tourism Analysis and Forecast to 2015”.



Kerala Tourism Earns Rs 21,125 Crore Revenue in 2012 
March 13, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Kerala Tourism's total revenue, both direct and indirect, touched the Rs 21,125-crore mark in 2012, compared with Rs 19,037 crore the year before. Kerala saw 7.94 lakh foreign tourists arrive last year, as compared with 7.33 lakh in 2011.



MoTTto Launch Clean India Campaign From Varanasi Shortly 
March 13, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will soon launch the Clean India Campaign, started by MoT last year, from the Ghats of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.



Hotel Projects Approval Procedure To Become More Transparent From Next Month Tourism Ministe 
March 11, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, yesterday announced an initiative to bring transparency in granting approvals for hotel projects and classification status to functioning hotels.



Tourism Minister Launches Find What You Seek Campaign At ITB Berlin 2013 
March 09, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In order to promote India as a year-round destination as well as a country for individual travellers, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India launched ‘Find What You Seek’ campaign at ITB Berlin 2013 in Germany. This is the second global launch of the campaign. MoT had launched the same campaign at World Travel Market (WTM) in London last year.



Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013 Lists Top 140 Economies For Tourism Competitivene 
March 09, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013 reveals that Switzerland, Germany and Austria lead the world in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness, with Spain, the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Sweden and Singapore completing the top ten. Under the theme, Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation, the report assesses 140 economies based on the extent to which they are putting in place the factors and policies to make it attractive to develop the travel and tourism sector, a report in Travel Mole stated.



Skiing, F1 Indias New Pitch To Well-Heeled Tourists 
March 08, 2013 - www.livemint.com
The tourism ministry wants to give India an image makeover as a destination for foreign visitors who associate the country with its ancient history and diverse culture.



Eco-Tourism Centres In Forests To Get Facelift 
March 04, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The eco-tourism centres (ETC) at forest reserves that are emerging as tourism hotspots in central Gujarat may soon go through a major facelift. Private entrepreneurs have come forward to develop these centres in partnership with the state government.



Massive IRs 87 Crore Hike In Indian Tourism Budget 
February 28, 2013 - www.travel-impact-newswire.com
Ministry of Tourism,Keeping in view the importance of Tourism sector, the allocation for Ministry of Tourism in the Union Budget presented today has been hiked by Rs.87.66 crore (1 crore is 10 million).



Allocation For Tourism Hiked By 87 Crore In The Union Budget 
February 28, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Keeping in view the importance of Tourism sector, the allocation for Ministry of Tourism in the Union Budget presented today has been hiked by Rs.87.66 crore. The allocation for the Ministry this year is Rs.1297.66 crore while it was Rs. 1210 crore in the Union Budget 2012-13 and Rs. 1110.96 crore in the Union Budget 2011-12.



Industries, Hotels Operating Sans Consent Under Goa State Pollution Control Board Scanner 
February 27, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) has started issuing showcause notices to industries and hotels for operating without consent under the Water and Air Act. On Tuesday, out of 2,343 industries, around 150 were issued notices. Notices will also be issued to 2,624 hotels.



Most Beaches In State Lack Basic Amenities Experts 
February 27, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Good road connectivity, cleanliness of beaches, proper lighting, pollution control and security are key to a tourism boost in the beach towns of the state, most of the speakers at a seminar held on Tuesday here said. They added that the role of local people and hoteliers was also important.



Rail Budget 2013 Railways Bonanza For Pilgrims, Tourists 
February 27, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The railway ministry is in talks with the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to study the feasibility of issuing visitor passes to pilgrims travelling by rail at the time of booking the ticket. Railway minister Pawan Bansal said this was being explored after the commissioning of the railway line up to Katra.



Corbett National Parks Employees Go On Strike 
February 26, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tourism activities in Uttarakhand's Corbett National Park were paralyzed on Monday with 2000 forest employees on an indefinite strike protesting an incident on February 17 where a police officer allegedly beat a range officer with another forest employee and demanding his supension.



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