Tourism

  • Tourism ministry gives Rs 100 crore for Kashmir relief 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik on Friday said the ministry has given Rs 100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. "We are the first ministry to allocate money to flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir. The money...
  • Centre nod for use of satellite phones in Himalayas on September 27 3 days ago

    New Delhi: To boost adventure tourism, the government is going to give the much-awaited permission for use of satellite phones by adventurers in the Himalayas on September 27, World Tourism Day. "We have got in-principle approval from the Home Ministry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas, where there is no...
  • Sharjah tourism to conduct road shows in 5 Indian cities 6 days ago

    Dubai: Seeking to attract Indian tourists to some of its exotic locations, Sharjah will organise tourism road shows across five cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai, from Monday. Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority will conduct road shows in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore as part of its efforts...
  • Himachal Pradesh tourism to bloom due to floods in Kashmir 1 week ago

    Shimla: Floods in Kashmir may be a boon for Himachal Pradesh. A surge in tourist inflow to Himachal Pradesh is likely in the upcoming festive season because the devastating floods in Kashmir are scaring away tourists. Tourism industry representatives are expecting a 30 to 35 per cent increase in the arrival...
  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism 1 week ago

    Kampala: Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. Harald Kampa, a hotelier near Mombasa, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is hurting his business. For two weeks in August he...
  • PM Modi invites suggestions from people for 'Clean India' project September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Reaching out to people for his ambitious project for a clean India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought their views on the contours of "Mission Swachh Bharat" to be launched on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2. Modi linked cleanliness to tourism and global interest in...
  • Himachal Pradesh to hold apple festival September 13, 2014

    Shimla: To promote apples of Himachal Pradesh, the fruit basket of the country, the state tourism department will organise a two-day apple festival here from September 25, an official said on Friday. "As apple is one of the main horticulture crops of the state, we would showcase its varieties to the...
  • Kashmir floods wash away tourist bookings September 11, 2014

    Kolkata: The devastating floods in Kashmir are expected to hit the state's tourism hard, a top tourism industry official said. With domestic tourists' numbers to Kashmir Valley expected to cross two crore this year, a top tourism industry official on Thursday said the floods in peak travel season will impact the...
  • Africans held in nearly 30 per cent of drug busts in Goa September 9, 2014

    Panaji: Nearly 30 per cent of the narcotics-related raids conducted by police agencies in the last three years (2011-13) has netted an African allegedly possessing drugs or peddling it, reveal official statistics of the Goa Police. Out of 158 offences registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act during...
  • Tharoor slams Kerala government's decision to ban alcohol, says it will hit revenue, tourism September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The Kerala government continues to face criticism over its decision to ban alchohol in the state. Congress MP from Kerala Shashi Tharoor has said that the decision will hit revenue and tourism in the state. Tharoor said, "It is a widely popular decision, but there are issues with...
  • West Bengal to set up Eco-Tourism Board August 25, 2014

    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 August 21, 2014

    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 August 21, 2014

    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...