Tourism

  • West Bengal to set up Eco-Tourism Board 3 days ago

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to set up an Eco-Tourism Board to project the state as a major tourist destination. State Tourism Minister Bratya Basu said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed the Tourism Department to go ahead with the setting up the board. Accordingly, a task...
  • Arun Jaitley advocates for low tax regime in tourism sector 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Advocating for low taxation regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said if higher taxes are levied on the tourism industry, then there will be less tourists and lesser revenue collection. "If tourism industry, state governments and the centre are loaded with higher taxes then we will have less...
  • 'Suicide tourism' on rise in Switzerland: Study 1 week ago

    People packing their bags to Switzerland not to rest in its serenity but to end their lives through assisted suicide has doubled in four years, reveals a study. There are six right to die organisations in Switzerland, of which four permit nationals from other countries to use their services. Citizens from Germany...
  • 50,000 footfalls at Taj Mahal, but no profits for hoteliers August 18, 2014

    A record number of people visited the Taj Mahal on Sunday, with footfalls crossing the 50,000 mark. On Saturday too, over 48,000 tickets were sold, but all this proved meaningless for Agra's hotel industry. The majority of visitors were of course "deshi" who combined tourism with religion, paying a visit to...
  • LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates a Rs 80 lakh cruise boat in Indore August 18, 2014

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 'Malwa Queen', a cruise boat, in the Pipliya Pala pond situated in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park in Indore on Sunday. Built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh, the boat was launched by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC). On the...
  • Bihar to decide over formation of Tourism cabinet August 9, 2014

    The Bihar government would explore the possibility of forming a 'tourism cabinet' on the lines of the one existing for Agriculture to spur the tourism industry - a potential revenue earner. "We will take forward the idea of constituting a tourism cabinet combining different related departments like the one for agriculture to boost...
  • Jharkhand plans ropeway in Dalma Hills to promote eco-tourism August 6, 2014

    In an attempt to tap the potential for growth of eco-tourism in the Kolhan region of Jharkhand, the state Forest Department has initiated steps to promote it and has plans to build a ropeway in Dalma in Jamshedpur. Talking to reporters after the Van Mahotsav-2014 function organised jointly by the Forest...
  • Is it the time to overhaul railway catering? August 5, 2014

    The administration has clamped down on IRCTC after cockroaches were found on on board food items. The IRCTC has been fined Rs 1 lakh and we at CNN-IBN asked Is it the time to overhaul railway catering? ...
  • Tour operators fight before Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik in Varanasi August 2, 2014

    A brawl broke out at a hotel in Varanasi on Saturday between tour operators from New Delhi and a local group in the presence of Union Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik. The incident took place at Hotel Rivatas in the temple town over some concessions and other issues being demanded by...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on Goa minister's foreign trips July 27, 2014

    Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent an enormous Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. ...
  • Chinese nature park owners sue Paramount over 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' scenes July 25, 2014

    Beijing: The owners of a Chinese nature park have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the latest Transformers film because it failed to include the park's logo, a court said on Friday. The Transformers films are wildly popular in China, and Chinese companies from milk producers to banks have flocked...
  • Twin air disasters threaten Malaysian tourism push July 23, 2014

    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 July 22, 2014

    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....