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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.
Filter:India To Develop 20 World Class Tourism Parks
March 05, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Centre plans to develop 20 tourism parks in the country on the lines of the popular Sentosa island resort of Singapore. The proposed tourist spots will be developed adjacent to important tourist destinations across the country. The government also plans to consider building some of these parks in developing or under-developed tourist destinations with high potential.
Rajasthan Bags Second Best National Tourism Award
March 05, 2012 - Hindustan Times - travel.hindustantimes.com
Rajasthan has bagged the second best national award in the Comprehensive Development of Tourism category. The award was given away by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi to the Principal Resident Commissioner in Delhi, Seema Bahugana.
Government To Add 100 Budget Hotels By 2016 Through PPP Mode
March 03, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Union Government is planning to add 100 budget hotels by 2016 in a bid to encourage the hospitality sector. The Ministry of Tourism wants to set up these hotels through a public-private-partnership (PPP) in one, two and three-star categories, besides adding 3,440 rooms by the end of the 12th Plan period (2012-17). The land for building these hotels will be allotted through a “transparent bidding process”, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s working group report on the 12th Plan. Companies with a minimum experience of five years in running budget hotels will be allowed to bid for these.
KSSP Meet On Conservation Of Kadinamkulam Lake
March 03, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
The Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) would organise a convention at Thonikkadavu Junction near Kadinamkulam for the conservation of the Kadinamkulam Lake on March 4 at 3 pm.
President Pratibha Patil Urges Multi-Pronged Approach To Achieve Growth In Tourism
March 01, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
In order to achieve further growth in tourism, the President of India Pratibha Patil, has urged for a multi-pronged approach to be adopted to make visitors’ experience pleasant and hassle-free. “India has exquisite destinations, diverse culture, colourful festivals, long heritage and vast landscape to attract tourists,” the President said.
To Protect Tiger Reserves, Govt May Acquire Private Estates
March 01, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Union ministry of environment and forests is planning to strengthen its tiger conservation programme in the Western Ghats and reduce man-animal conflicts by acquiring private estates that border or are within tiger reserves in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The proposal, put up during a meeting of the standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife, includes acquisition of several estates in the Periyar Tiger Reserve area (in Thekkady, Kerala) and Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu).
Charkop Mangroves Are Being Destroyed By Encroachers: Activists
February 29, 2012 - Hindustan Times - www.hindustantimes.com
Around 138 acres of mangroves at Charkop, Kandivli (West), adjoining the Manori Creek, are under threat. For the past two months, reclamation, encroachments and bonfires near sector 8 of Charkop village are slowly eating into the rich reserve of mangroves.
India In Need Of Protection From Russian Tourists
February 29, 2012 - Russia & India Report - indrus.in
Most likely, the Indian official was concerned about the quality of those people, rather than their quantity. According to the deputy, the Russians do not respect the laws of the country, where they come to live.
ITDC Plans PPP And Consolidation Of Business
February 27, 2012 - Hospitality Biz India - www.hospitalitybizindia.com
The India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) plans to maximise revenue by leveraging resources of its existing hotels through public-private partnership (PPP) and consolidation of existing businesses. This is part of its five-year roadmap for the upgradation and renovation of its hotel properties that operate under the brand name The Ashok, besides other verticals such as Ashok Travel & Tours, Ashok Events and Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Orissa Government Puts Curbs On Tribal Tourism
February 27, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
With increasing concern about voyeuristic foreigners embarking on tribal safaris, the Orissa government on February 25, 2012 imposed strict rules for trips to areas inhabited by vulnerable tribal groups, such as Bondas and Dongaria Kondhs and even book those found contravening official guidelines. Tourists permitted into the area would not be allowed to stay night, stand close to tribals or enter their homes.
Orissa Puts Curbs On Tribal Tourism
February 26, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
With increasing concern about voyeuristic foreigners embarking on tribal safaris, the Orissa government on Saturday imposed strict rules for trips to areas inhabited by vulnerable tribal groups, such as Bondas and Dongaria Kondhs and even book those found contravening official guidelines. Tourists permitted into the area would not be allowed to stay night, stand close to tribals or enter their homes.
North Karnataka Hoteliers Explore Options To Boost Business
February 24, 2012 - The Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Gloomy industrial scenario and absence of fresh investments have failed Hubli-Dharwad twin cities to emerge as a hospitality hub of northern Karnataka. Considering factors like geographic location, weather condition and connectivity, the sector could have emerged as major source of revenue of the region and its inclusive development.
Sikkim Tourism Unveils New Eco-Tourism Policy; To Develop Ten Villages As Model Villages
February 15, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Sikkim Tourism with the help of the newly constituted Eco-Tourism Directorate of Sikkim has come out with a comprehensive policy to promote environment friendly tourism in the state. The new Eco-Tourism Policy of the State, which was released on January 26, 2012, envisages de-congesting the capital city, Gangtok, and improve dispersal of tourists to other parts of the state which are either virgin from a tourism perspective or not much explored by tourists so far. "The mandate of the new policy is to de-congest Gangtok. Sikkim has much more to offer than just Gangtok," an official of the Directorate said.
Rajasthan Government Partners With ITDC To Create Employment For Underprivileged Youth
February 14, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Rajasthan government has joined hands with the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to create employable skills amongst less-educated youths and to bridge the gap of skilled manpower in the hospitality sector. The state government will sign a MoU with ITDC under which 8th standard pass youths will be imparted training in beverage and food production and preparation.
TFCI To Draft Tourism Master Plan For Chhattisgarh
February 13, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) has awarded Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) the mandate to draft a Tourism Master Plan, which is expected to be ready by 2013. CTB had invited entries from interested consultants to draft the Tourism Master Plan and a total of 12 empanelled consultants participated in the bidding process. TFCI was selected after a presentation from five short-listed consultants. This information was revealed by Ashutosh Sharma, Consultant, CTB.
India Needs To Streamline Visa, Infrastructure To Tap Tourism Potential: Experts
February 12, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
"Travel and tourism is the second largest employer in India and the second largest revenue earner. It needs no introduction. The country is a continent in itself. But the government has to sort out the visa road blocks and infrastructure loopholes," Iqbal Mulla, president of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), told IANS on the sidelines of a South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) business forum.
Rs 500 Crore To Boost Tourism In Kerala
February 12, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The plan is to further promote the state as a popular tourism hub by creating better infrastructure like roads, hotels, shopping centres and houseboats.
Don’t Ban Wildlife Tourism, Customise It
February 11, 2012 - Tehelka - www.tehelka.com
MORE THAN 50 lakh tourists visit India’s forests every year. They and lakhs of others who make a living out of those visits started worrying when a 2006 amendment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 necessitated that India’s core critical tiger habitats be left ‘inviolate’.
Poor Infrastructure & Connectivity Cited As Biggest Challenges At The MP Tourism Conclave
February 09, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The two-day Madhya Pradesh Tourism Conclave and B2B meet organized jointly by MP Tourism and FICCI in Khajuraho earlier this month facilitated an open interaction between the government and the travel trade. While the travel trade raised issues related with infrastructure and connectivity, the government put across their genuine intention to improve tourism infrastructure in the state by involving the private sector proactively. P Krishna Kumar reports on the deliberations
Three Check Posts, Three Rules By Forest Dept
February 08, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
This difference has been causing problems to the tourists. There is one check post near Tanikodu, on the way from Sringeri to Karkala.
NTCA Asks States To Create Core Inviolate Areas For Tigers, Shift Tourism To Buffer Zones
February 08, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
Several resorts in and around tiger reserves may cease to exist as the Centre has asked state governments to acquire 800 to 1,000 square kilometers of land to provide core inviolate (empty) areas for tigers, and ban tourism there. In new guidelines issued to relocate 6,000 families in 41 tiger reserves in India, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has told the state governments that even private land, including estates should be acquired for creating inviolate space, according to a report by Hindustan Times.
Night Traffic Ban: Forum Suggests Alternative Roads To Kerala
February 07, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Stating that the ban had caused a lot of misery and hardship to people from both the states, they have suggested an alternative route to Kerala by avoiding the wildlife areas completely.
‘Tourism Development In Coastal Districts A Priority'
February 06, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said the Government had decided to give priority to development of tourism in the coastal districts.
U.S. Company Offers To Set Up Integrated Tourism Project In Kerala
February 06, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Seagull Frontier Management, an integrated resort management company with its headquarters in the United States, has offered to set up an integrated tourism project in Kerala.
Hotel Construction At Mandarmani Stalled
February 05, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The sea shores areas of Digha, Shankarpur, Tajpur and Mandarmani will soon get a facelift. The state urban development department has, however, banned further construction of new hotels in Mandarmani. The department has also ordered that all ongoing hotel projects be stopped till a policy is chalked out. The decision was taken in a meeting held at Writers' Buildings recently.
Rave Party Held To Increase Tourism In Udupi
February 04, 2012 - IBN Live - ibnlive.in.com
St Mary's Island on the Malpe coast played host to hundreds of foreigners and tourists who had come from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and other parts of India to participate in a three-day Rave Party called 'Spring Zouk' - the Island Festival that began on Friday. Over 600 couples participated in the festival.
Pilgrim, Green And Eco Tourism Initiatives In Kottayam, Idukki Districts
February 04, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
State government has given green signal for developing a tourism project linking the eastern stretches of Kottayam and Idukki districts, combining pilgrim, green and eco tourism initiatives.
Govt Committed To Tourism Development, Says Minister
February 03, 2012 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Villagers led by minister for social welfare, women & child development Bimla Pradhan commemorated martyrs of Kolh Revolt (Larka Andolan, 1832) at their place of martyrdom, Tiko Pokhra Toli, of Kuru block in Lohardaga. The Kolh Revolt took place on February 2, 1832. It was a national movement of the aboriginals.
Project Tiger: Bhadra, Kudremukh Dropped
February 02, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Replying to the issue raised by Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, the minister said the government shelved the plan in the interest of tribals and other forest dwellers.
State To Promote River Tourism
February 01, 2012 - India Environment Portal - www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in
After showcasing wildlife and culture, Assam tourism is all set to focus on river tourism. The biggest and most modern cruise liner is being launched next month.
Uncertainty Looms Over Tourism Projects
February 01, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The fate of some of the multi-crore tourism projects signed amid much fanfare during the recent Partnership Summit 2012 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) hangs in limbo, according to industry sources.
Promotion Of Domestic Tourism Stressed
January 29, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
“It is high time we Indians took necessary steps to ensure proper protection of our ancient monuments which are of high artistic and aesthetic value”, said Prof N. Sreekumar, academic and All Kerala House Boat Owners’ Association secretary.
Naveen Orders For Probe Into Bonda Tourism Issue
January 26, 2012 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
Taking strong exception to the reports and advertisement in certain website brochures of tour operators offering titillating human safaris in Odisha that provide a close look at the semi-naked Bonda tribe, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday asked the tourism department to probe into the matter and take possible legal action.
A Tourist Circuit For Every Religion, And One That Integrates All
January 25, 2012 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Seven new tourist circuits will be developed across the country to facilitate travel to and stay at religious places. Work has already begun to prepare detailed project reports for Sufi, Buddhist & Jain, Christian, Sikh, Hinduism and Sarva Dharma circuits.
Majuli, KNP In Mega Tourist Circuit
January 25, 2012 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The Ministry of Tourism has identified a National Park Mega Circuit covering Manas, Orang, Nameri, Kaziranga, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Majuli, as part of the Mega Tourist Circuits. At least 45 destinations have been identified all over the country.
Odisha Government To Spent Rs 675 Crore In Mega Development Plan Before Navakalevar
January 25, 2012 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
The State Government has drawn up a `675-crore mega development plan for all the roads linking Puri before festival of Lord Jagannath scheduled to be held in 2015. The state government expecting a gathering of an estimated 50 lakh people in the Navakalevar festival.
Tourism Ministry Clears 45 Projects; Allocates Rs 110 Crore For UP, Punjab And J&K
January 25, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism recently cleared 45 projects and has allocated a total of Rs 110 crore for development of tourism infrastructure and circuits in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab.
Tourism Ministry Planning Seven Religious Tourism Circuits Across India
January 25, 2012 - Travel Biz Monitor - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Union Ministry of Tourism is planning to develop seven religious tourism circuits across the country. “India is home to a number of religions and there is huge scope in terms of boosting tourism to religious places,” Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Ministry of Tourism, India, said while speaking to the press today in New Delhi. The ministry will identify Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Sufi and Sarva Dharma places, according to a report by cathnewsindia.com.
Development Of Mega Destination And Tourist Circuit
January 24, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
The Ministry of Tourism, has identified 45 Mega Tourist Destinations/Circuits in consultation with the concerned State Governments/Union Territories(U.T.) Administrations on the basis of footfalls and their future tourism potential. Out of the 45 identified projects, 30 have already been sanctioned. The details of mega tourist destinations/circuits are given below.
‘Casinos Are New Terror & Crime Havens’
January 22, 2012 - The Statesman - www.thestatesman.net
Indicating signs of possible funds related to crime and terror trickling into the Indian casino sector, a government report has said that more than 7,000 instances of suspicious transactions have been detected in the elite gaming business during the last financial year.
Thanneerchal Tourism Project To Take Off Soon
January 22, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Rs. 4.5 crore Thanneerchal tourism project at Tripunithura would be completed soon, as five tenders for the project have been awarded simultaneously. Addressing a press meet here on Friday, R. Venugopal, the chairman of Tripunithura municipal council, said that the projects worth Rs. 75 lakh would be expedited by March and would be partly opened for the public by Vishu this year.
Tourism Panel Holds First Meet
January 21, 2012 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
Facilities for tourist visa on arrival at Goa, Bangalore, Kochi and Hyderabad over the next year, upgraded road connectivity to all major tourist circuits, including Gangtok and Leh, eco tourism and reaching out to schools to promote tourism related vocational schools were amongst the decisions taken by an inter-ministerial coordination committee after its first meeting on Thursday.
Karnataka Govt To Set Up Eco-Tourism Board
January 20, 2012 - Daily News & Analysis - www.dnaindia.com
Eco-tourism in the state is expected to receive a big boost with the state cabinet on Thursday approving the proposal to set up Eco-Tourism Development Board.
NE Seeks Special Package For Industry, Tourism
January 20, 2012 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
The North Eastern states have asked for a special “connectivity and communication package” to attract investment and boost tourism and industrial development in the region, officials said today, reports IANS.
Government Sets Up Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee For Tourism Sector
January 20, 2012 - Press Information Bureau - pib.nic.in
Government has set up an inter-ministerial coordination committee for Tourism Sector under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to resolve inter-ministerial and industry issues and promote tourism. Shri Pulok Chatterji presided over the first meeting of the committee in PMO on 19.1.2012. Secretaries to Government of India of important ministries were present.
More Than Just Tigers
January 20, 2012 - Daily Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants to show that she is a woman of her word and in tune with the times. On a recent visit to her State’s coastal areas, she reiterated her pledge to turn the beaches into attractive tourist destinations. Observing that Digha had become congested, she declared that she would promote tourism in neighbouring Mandarmoni as well. This announcement brought cheer to the Mandarmoni Beach Hoteliers’ Association and water-sports promoters.
Eco-Tourism Units As Getaways For IT Crowd
January 19, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Briefing reporters after the State Cabinet gave its nod to constitute Karnataka Eco-Tourism Development Board to develop and operate eco-tourism and wildlife tourism, here on Thursday, he said the Board, to be headed by the Forest Minister, will develop eco-tourism hubs across the State and frame guidelines to ensure that these hubs do not disturb wildlife or ecological balance.
Rs. Five Crore For Kottayam Tourism Development Schemes
January 19, 2012 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
Half a dozen tourism projects are being implemented in the district at a cost of Rs.Five crore, district Tourism Promotion Council this year.
State Shoots Down WG Authority Idea
January 18, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
It has written to the government opposing the recommendation, stating that the proposal seems almost ‘draconian’ and that the State will have very little say in terms of land and forest, which are ‘state subjects’, if it is implemented.
Wildlife Sanctuaries To Get Bigger
January 17, 2012 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The government on December 27, 2011, notified around 1,255.64 sq km of reserve forest land as national park and wildlife sanctuaries. As per the notification, the areas of four wildlife sanctuaries – Dandeli, Mookambika, Cauvery and Someshwara, and one national park – Bannerghatta, have been extended by amalgamating them with reserve forests, thereby bringing a larger area under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.