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Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
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June 04, 2018
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Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
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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.

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 Playboys 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 KIOCLs 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.

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.

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