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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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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.



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.



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