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June 04, 2018
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January 29, 2018
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December 22, 2017

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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..


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.

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.

Goa Govt Should Concentrate Mainly On Tourism Infra TTAG 
February 26, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Tourism industry stakeholders in Goa have pinned several hopes on the forthcoming budget and feel that the state government should focus more on infrastructure development which has not caught up with the increasing number of visitors to the beach destination.

Mamata Announces Rs 5 cr Tourism Circuit For Sunderbanst 
February 26, 2013 - www.firstpost.com-firstpost
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said a development board would be formed for growth of tourism at Bakkhali, Namkhana, Fraserganj and Jharkhali in the Sunderbans.

'Slash Sales Tax On ATF, Rationalise Tax And Duty Structure' 
February 26, 2013 - zeenews.india.com
Expressing concern over high costs afflicting the aviation and tourism sectors, travel trade and industry representatives Tuesday asked the government to slash sales tax on jet fuel and rationalise the overall tax and duty structure.

Budget 2013-14 Reduce Tax Burden To Boost Tourism Industry 
February 26, 2013 - www.moneycontrol.com
"It is vital for the government to reduce the tax burden on the tourism industry if it wants to achieve the 1 percent share of the international tourist arrivals by 2016 from 0.60 percent at present" said Subhash Goyal, chairman, STIC Travel Group.

MTDC To Issue Licenses To Tour Guides 
February 26, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
In an effort to meet the demands of the tourism industry and overcome the shortage of guides in the city, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to give its own licenses to guides in the state. They have also planned design courses and tie-ups with institutes like University of Mumbai, according to a report by Santosh Andhale in DNA.

Advantage Tiger Country Conference Brings Out Divergent Views 
February 25, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Advantage Tiger Country Conference held as a part of SBI Wagh Utsav 2013 brought forth divergent views on tourism and conservation of wildlife of various conservationist and authorities. The interaction gave a platform to even contradicting beliefs being shared on the same stage, which was the highlight of the event.

Morjekars Oppose Tembwada Jetty 
February 25, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The villagers of Morjim have strongly opposed a proposed jetty at Tembwada in Morjim in the Chapora river apprehending losses to their traditional fishing business.

81% Indian Travellers Expecting Tourism-Friendly Budget Skyscanner 
February 25, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
An independent pre-budget online poll by global travel search site Skyscanner revealed that 81 per cent of Indian travellers are hoping that India's Finance Minister announces a consumer-friendly budget that will boost travel and tourism opportunities. With the holiday season fast approaching, most Indians have started planning their annual holiday. Sixty four per cent of the respondents are planning to spend no more than Rs 20,000 on their holidays this year.

81% Indian Travellers Expecting Tourism-Friendly Budget Skyscanner 
February 25, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
An independent pre-budget online poll by global travel search site Skyscanner revealed that 81 per cent of Indian travellers are hoping that India's Finance Minister announces a consumer-friendly budget that will boost travel and tourism opportunities. With the holiday season fast approaching, most Indians have started planning their annual holiday. Sixty four per cent of the respondents are planning to spend no more than Rs 20,000 on their holidays this year.

Japanese Agency To Give Loan For Wdening Two Highways 
February 24, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
It's a double bonanza for Bihar. The Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) is extending loan for widening and upgrading two major highways in the Buddhist circuit, one from Patna to Dobhi via Gaya and another from Bodh Gaya to Biharsharif via Rajgir and Nalanda. The agreement for the later one is scheduled to be signed on Tuesday next in New Delhi between JICA and Bihar government.

Rs 91 Lakh Sanctioned For Ranchi Lake Facelift 
February 24, 2013 - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The much awaited renovation plan of the famous Ranchi Lake situated at the heart of the city will finally take place with the Ranchi Municipal Corporation claiming to have received an amount of Rs 91 lakh from the department of tourism for cleaning the area around the lake.

Second Edition Of India Golf Expo, Day-2 Concludes Today 
February 24, 2013 - www.indiansportsnews.com
The first-of-its-kind Golf Industry trade show, India Golf Expo that focusses on rapidly growing potential of Indian Golf industry and brings forth the huge opportunities for its growth concluded its second successful day today. Organized by Images Group and promoted by the Indian Golf Industry Association, the three-day event is being held at the Oxford Golf and Country Club in Mulshi.

Tourism Gets A South Extension 
February 24, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
 Visitors who throng Kozhikode Beach will soon get an opportunity to extend their horizon towards south beach as the tourism department is all set to develop the south beach as a major tourist destination. The department has already earmarked Rs 3.85 crore to carry out the beautification works on the stretch.

Pune Students' Helpline For Kashmir Tourism 
February 24, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A group of Kashmiri students in the city have decided to come up with a helpline in Marathi for Maharashtrian tourists visiting Kashmir.

Tourisms Role As Foreign Exchange Earner Finds Mention In Presidents Address 
February 21, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Signalling a change in government‘s perception towards tourism in the country, Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, in his maiden address to the joint sitting of the Parliament today mentioned tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs). The tourism sector has contributed an estimated Rs 94,487 crore to foreign exchange of the country in 2012, registering a growth of 21 per cent compared to 2011, the President noted.

Araku Tourist Hotspots Run To Seed 
February 18, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Even as AP Tourism Development Corporation is busy hatching big plans of transforming Paderu and Lambasingi into major tourism hubs, it seems to have forgotten that the tourist attractions at Araku Valley, one of the state's most sought-after travel destinations, are languishing in a state of utter neglect.

Mopa Will Destroy South Goa Tourism Study 
February 18, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The proposed green field airport at Mopa at the northern tip of Goa could sound the death knell for the hospitality industry and tourism at large in South Goa due to increased travelling costs and time factor, a study has stated.

South Set To Outdo North In Tourism 
February 18, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Out with the Taj Mahal and in with the Tirupati Balaji temple or the golden sands of Kovalam in Kerala. A recent study by the ministry of tourism projects that the southern region will far outstrip the north in tourist arrivals by increasing margins every year. The study projects that domestic tourism in the south will touch a staggering 1.6 billion visitors annually by 2022 while number of foreign tourists coming to the south will grow to 14 million by the same year.

The Other 'Big B' Of Gujarat Tourism 
February 18, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The 'Big B' push for Gujarat tourism does not refer only to Amitabh Bachchan, the state's magnet to attract travellers. It also refers to 'big budget' ad spends, tripping even neighbouring Madhya Pradesh - the other big-spender in tourism.

What Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi Stands To Gain From A Culinary School In Tirupati 
February 17, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Chiranjeevi's film persona is to heroically fight against the odds, but he too has succumbed to the first rule of being elected, which is to nurse your constituency with central projects. Tirupati elected him by a handsome margin in the 2009 Assembly polls, even as Palakollu in West Godavari district handed him a shock defeat.

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Plans Religious Harmony Tours 
February 17, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has come up with a tour package covering major pilgrim centres - titled God's own country, where gods live in harmony - to revive the diminishing charm of the state as a communally-tolerant society.

Now, Tourism Dept Nod Must For Beach Weddings 
February 17, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Organizing an event, including a wedding, on any beach in Goa, will now require the permission of only the tourism department. And fees will be charged depending on the size of the extravaganza.

Delhi Tourism To Set Up Wellness Centre At Garden Of Five Senses 
February 16, 2013 - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) will set up a Wellness Centre at five-acre land adjoining Garden of Five Senses at Said-ul-Ajab in South Delhi.  He said that the process of identifying the concessionaire for the proposed Wellness Centre will begin soon.

Experts Discuss Flaws Of Indian Tourism Industry 
February 16, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
If various tourism experts of the country are to be believed, the Indian education system is blindly following Western tourism models and the research sector of the Indian tourism is the weakest.

Fledgeling Tourism Faces The Heat In Valley 
February 14, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Fourth generation houseboat owner Mohammad Azim Tuman, 75, was gearing up to host a fresh group of tourists when a curfew was imposed in the valley. Jittery Tuman immediately went into a huddle and decided to request the guests not to come even if it means losing some business.

Taj Mahotsava Not Doing Enough For Tourism 
February 14, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The annual 10-day Taj Mahotsava will begin from Feb 19, a day late, to enable a busy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to inaugurate it, an official said Thursday. But the move has angered the tourism industry here.

Travel Advisories By China, UK Unjustified, Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi says 
February 14, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
India will protest against travel advisories issued by the UK and China in the last two months dissuading their citizens from travelling to India. Tourism minister K Chiranjeevi on Wednesday said that the rape incidents were "unfortunate" but discouraging foreign tourists from coming to India was "unjustified."

Tourism Works For Cortalim Proposed 
February 13, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Environment and forest minister Alina Saldanha conducted site inspections alongwith officials on Tuesday for the purpose of perusing proposals to undertake development works for tourism in Cortalim constituency.

Thomas Cook Indias Centre Of Learning To Offer MBA In Tourism 
February 12, 2013 - www.business-standard.com
Centre of Learning, the educational wing of Thomas Cook (India), has formed an alliance with Pondicherry University to offer MBA in Tourism through Distance Learning. The course focuses on upgrading skill sets for a career in the travel & tourism industry. It has been approved by the joint committee of  Distance Education Council, All India Council of Technical Education, Association of Indian Universities and University Grants Commission.

Tourism Boom May Bust J&K Stir 
February 11, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Will tourism save Kashmir from large scale unrest in the aftermath of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging? A mix of strict but cautious policing and anticipation of a good tourist season ahead in the Valley has given government hope that the ongoing phase of unrest in Kashmir may pass off with minor hiccups.

'Mining And Tourism Divide Goans Today' 
February 10, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Goa held their first all Goa inter-collegiate debate competition on Saturday, in collaboration with RavindraBhavan, Margao, on the topic 'Tourism as a viable development strategy for Goa'.

Rickshaw Pullers Demand Help From Tourism Department 
February 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Cycle-rickshaw pullers, who face an existential crisis, want the tourism department to extend a helping hand to them so that they remain in the transport trade in Madurai, a popular destination for domestic and foreign travellers. the existence of rickshaws in Madurai, one of the traditionally and culturally old city.

'Kerala Tourism Needs Image Makeover'  
February 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
As the state tourism department working hard to attract more visitors to Kerala, the tourism lobby has suggested it is time to get a new brand identity for the state.

'Tourism In India An Economic Activity' Book Launched In New Delhi 
February 08, 2013 - www.travelbizmonitor.com
An economic activity' book was yesterday launched at the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)-run The Ashok, New Delhi. The book, authored by Anil K Bhandari and published by Har-Anand Publications, was launched by S K Misra, Chief Guest of the event. Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was the Guest of Honour.

Centre Praised M.P. For Development Of Tourism Infrastructure In State 
February 06, 2013 - www.newstrackindia.com
Union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi has complimented the Government of Madhya Pradesh for becoming the first State in the country to fully utilize plan funds released to them by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for the development of tourism infrastructure at various tourist sites in the State.

'Many Peak Periods In Tourism Season Needed' 
February 06, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The tourism department is aiming at big figures as it plans to increase tourist inflow to Goa.

Heritage Road Map To Boost State Tourism 
February 05, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
To make West Bengal the next tourism hub, the state tourism department will roll out a new tourism road map to promote cultural tourism and preserve heritage buildings in the state in the next six months, principal secretary, department of tourism, Vikram Sen, said on Monday. The state is considered the fourth most popular for domestic tourists and sixth for international tourists, according to the latest data by the ministry of tourism, government of India.

India Few Delays For Tourism  
February 04, 2013 - www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com
The strong lure to foreign visitors has endured through the global financial crisis, leveraging on India’s diverse offering of history, cultures and landscapes. Foreign tourist arrival (FTA) growth in 2011 was twice the global average at 8.9%, according to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), and further growth is expected to maintain a level of at least 7.5% per year in the decade ahead.

Big SP Donor Now Heads UP Tourism Body 
February 04, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
In February 2012, when the Samajwadi Party was in the middle of the crucial Assembly elections which would catapult it to power in Uttar Pradesh, it got notable financial help from unlikely quarters. Sudip Sen, a "Nazrulgeeti singer" from Kolkata, gave the party Rs 1.50 crore, becoming its largest donor in eight years.

Gay Parades, Parties Attract LGBT Tourists 
February 03, 2013 - www.hindustantimes.com
Delhi's rise as a "pink" destination can be attributed to the city's increasingly liberal attitude towards homosexuality and growing numbers of gay-friendly and gay-only restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Betla Abuzz With Tourists After A Decade 
February 03, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A decline in Maoist activities and presence of security forces in Latehar and Palamu districts have boosted tourism with Betla National Park recording unprecedented number of visitors after a decade in 2012.

Conservation Of Wetlands Must To Boost Eco-Tourism 
February 03, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
There is a rich bio-diversity in the wetlands in and around Lucknow. If preserved, it can boost the tourism potential of the state capital. On the occasion of World Wetlands Day observed every year on February 2, students of Lucknow University came to the above conclusions after carrying out a survey at eight different areas to find out the possibilities of conserving these wetlands, which will not only be a boom for the tourism, but will also protect the flora and fauna available there.

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