Tourism

  • Twin air disasters threaten Malaysian tourism push 3 hours 47 minutes ago

    Kuala Lumpur: An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travellers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk. Even before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down on Thursday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in an apparent...
  • Goa ministers went on foreign trips at state expense, spent Rs 13 cr in two years 21 hours 9 minutes ago

    Panaji: Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent a whooping Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. The information has been cited in a report tabled in the state Assembly which also mentions that Goa Tourism Minister Dilip...
  • West Bengal without forest policy and eco-tourism strategy: CAG July 15, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal does not have a forest policy or an eco-tourism strategy to meet the objectives set in the National Forest Policy, the Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed out in its latest report. In 2006, the National Forest Commission had recommended that each state should have its own forest...
  • Efforts on to boost tourism, economy in Jammu and Kashmir: Omar July 12, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that initiatives have been undertaken to make tourism attractive for investors in the state and also to enhance economic growth. "Pilgrim, adventure, sport and other related tourism is being encouraged to develop along with the growth of conventional tourism," he...
  • While ministers indulge in moral policing, locals want them to accept both sides of Goa July 12, 2014

    Panaji: Goa may be one India's popular tourist haven, but of late, the state has been more in the news for attempts at moral policing by its ministers who have spoken out against the pub culture in the state. CNN-IBN spoke to some locals to get a sense of what...
  • Union Budget: Rs 500 crore for creation of five tourist circuits July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: With an aim of boosting tourism, government on Thursday announced allocation of Rs 500 crore for creation of five tourist circuits with specific themes in the country. In his maiden Budget speech in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India's rich cultural, historical, and natural heritage provides a huge...
  • Andhra govt to develop Vizag district as tourism hub: Minister July 10, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to develop the picturesque and heritage-rich port city of Visakhapatnam and the district as a tourism hub. "The state government had already started work to develop beaches between Bheemili and Visakhapatnam at a cost of Rs 50 crore, which will be completed soon," HRD...
  • Jharkhand Tourism Minister seeks Rs 150 crore from CM June 30, 2014

    Jharkhand Tourism Minister Suresh Paswan has sought Rs 150 crore from the Chief Minister Hemant Soren to further develop the sector. "All the old projects in the tourism sector have been completed, and Rs 150 crore has been sought from the chief minister for further development," Paswan told reporters on Sunday. He...
  • Minister seeks Rs 150 crore from Hemant Soren for tourism development June 30, 2014

    Jharkhand Tourism Minister Suresh Paswan has sought Rs 150 crore from the Chief Minister Hemant Soren to further develop the sector. "All the old projects in the tourism sector have been completed, and Rs 150 crore has been sought from the chief minister for further development," Paswan told reporters in Giridih...
  • Air connectivity to Bikaner will increase tourism for desert region: Aviation minister June 30, 2014

    India has witnessed a growth in number of air travellers due to liberal aviation policy and entry of small air carrier, and is likely to touch 400 million mark by 2020, Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said in Jaipur on Sunday. "With the entry of small carriers the...
  • Tourism Ministry launches a mobile app to help users explore 16 Indian cities June 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Tourism has launched a mobile application to enable its users to independently travel and experience 16 cities in the country. The self-guided tour application 'Incredible India Walking Tours' was launched by the Ministry in collaboration with Genesys International Corporation and will cover 16 Indian cities including...
  • Tourism Ministry launches mobile app for exploring cities June 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Tourism has launched a mobile application to enable its users to independently travel and experience 16 cities in the country. The self-guided tour application 'Incredible India Walking Tours' was launched by the Ministry in collaboration with Genesys International Corporation and will cover 16 Indian cities including...
  • Uttarakhand government identifies over a dozen places to be developed as adventure tourism destinations June 28, 2014

    In a bid to revive the tourism sector badly hit by last year's calamity in Uttarakhand, the state government has identified over a dozen places spread over eight districts to develop them as adventure tourism destinations. Chairing a meeting of the working committee of Uttarakhand Tourism's ADB aided infrastructure development and...
  • West Bengal to develop tourism infrastructure in a big way June 26, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government has laid stress on developing tourism infrastructure in a big way to attract visitors from the country and abroad, according to state tourism minister Bratya Basu. Basu said that 'massive' work was under way to build infrastructure and underlined the importance of aggressive marketing to...
  • Chhattisgarh to work for making Sirpur a world heritage site June 17, 2014

    Chhattisgarh's Culture and Tourism department has asked its officials to prepare a special action plan for making Sirpur, known for its archaeological importance, a 'world heritage site'. While reviewing the work of Culture and Archaeological Department in Raipur on Monday, state culture and tourism minster Ajay Chandrakar asked to collect articles...
  • A year after Uttarakhand floods, tourism drops, hotels deserted June 17, 2014

    Kedarnath: A year after the devastating Uttarakhand flash floods, even as rebuilding the state remains a huge task, one of the biggest challenges the state now faces is to win the confidence of tourists who seem to have kept a distance from the state this summer. Dinesh Uniyal is a...
  • Modi proposes joint sporting events, common tourism packages June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: India and Bhutan should have joint sporting events, joint studies of Himalayas and common tourism package programmes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. These were some of the proposals floated by Modi during his two-day visit here. "People say Himalayas divide, but I see it differently. I feel...
  • India to be No 1 for growth in wellness tourism by 2019: Study June 13, 2014

    Dubai: India could be number one for growth globally in the wellness tourism sector in the next five years, clocking over 20 per cent gains annually through 2017, according to a recent study. Wellness tourism is a $439 billion industry worldwide within the $3.2 trillion global tourism industry, representing 14 per...
  • Kerala: Monsoon sets in, gains strength, tourism industry hopeful June 12, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: On hearing the word monsoon, the image that flashes many minds in Kerala would be getting drenched in school uniforms as children. Like an unsaid rule the south-west monsoon used to begin every year on June 1, most of the times the first day of school after summer vacations....
  • E-visas, special trains to boost Goa tourism: Shripad Yesso Naik June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: E-visa facilities to lure foreign tourists and a luxury train for domestic travellers are some steps proposed to boost tourism in Goa, officials said on Tuesday. The announcement came after union Tourism and Culture Minister Shripad Yesso Naik met the state's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Tourism Minister Dilip...
  • UP law and order situation to affect inbound tourism: Assocham June 10, 2014

    Deteriorating law and order situation and incidents of rape in Uttar Pradesh, reverberating in the global media, will leave an adverse impact on the tourism sector of the country, an Assocham report has said. About half of the total foreign tourists visit India to see Taj Mahal (Agra), Golden Temple (Amritsar),...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan meets South African officials to explore scope for trade June 10, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday met Premier Ace Magashule of the Free State province of South Africa to explore areas of co-operation and trade. The two leaders agreed to build strong links between Madhya Pradesh and Free State, according to an official release. Chouhan is on a...
  • Chhattisgarh aims at becoming the biggest eco-tourism hub June 8, 2014

    The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) is aiming to put the tribal-dominated state on the country s tourism map as the biggest eco-tourism hub by highlighting its exquisite natural beauty and varied flora and fauna. The Board has created a blueprint for future tourism which looks to establish Chhattisgarh as a eco-tourism...
  • Harish Rawat stresses on role of private players' in tourism development May 25, 2014

    In order to boost tourism in the state, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has stressed on the participation of private players and asked officials to prepare solid plans for the same. Reviewing the progress of tourism department at a meeting on Saturday, Rawat discussed the setting up of a three member...
  • Rajasthan government to soon launch air taxi service within state May 25, 2014

    Rajasthan government is all set to introduce an air taxi service linking major tourist destinations and commercial hubs in the state. "The proposal has been given approval by the chief minister and we are almost ready to operate our two state planes for the air taxi services," Kishan Singh Verma, Director,...
  • Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat sacks tourism minister Amrita Rawat May 19, 2014

    Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Amrita Rawat was on Monday dismissed by Chief Minister Harish Rawat. Amrita Rawat is the wife of Satpal Maharaj, who was a senior state Congress leader but crossed over to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just before the Lok Sabha elections. While it was speculated then that Rawat would...
  • Photos: These are 10 exotic travel destinations to go to before you get married. Ahem. April 26, 2014

    It looks so simple in Hollywood films. Lonely and good-looking man goes to an exotic island in the Mediterranean, wins over the hosts and has raucous sex with the women. And no one finds it creepy at all. Real life plays out very differently for most of us. It's much...
  • Election tourism on the rise in Varanasi April 22, 2014

    Foreigners keen on experiencing a slice of Indian elections are being treated to guided tours of this holy city and many of them have taken this opportunity to create awareness among voters urging them to exercise their franchise. As political decibels rise, Varanasi is turning into a tourist magnet. "These tours...
  • Char Dham Yatra: Harish Rawat asks officials to stock enough ration April 22, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked officials to supply 4-month ration in advance to places close to Himalayan shrines to meet any eventuality during the Yatra season beginning May two with the opening of Yamunotri and Gangotri Dhams. Rawat, who reviewed preparations for the Char Dham yatra late on Saturday...
  • 12 killed in worst-ever Everest accident April 18, 2014

    A massive avalanche on Friday struck Mount Everest killing at least 12 Nepalese Sherpa guides and injuring 10 others in the deadliest mountaineering accident on the world's highest peak. The avalanche occurred at around 6:45 am at an altitude of about 5,800 metres in an area known as the "popcorn field"...