Khajjiar, a hill station in the district of Chamba, also known as ‘Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh’, is losing its charm for the tourists. Not many people now visit the place for holidays, according to residents and traders in Khajjiar.
The wooden mask industry based in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district is, sadly, fast disappearing. There are just about five such units currently operating in the city, according to a government spokesperson and industry veterans from Tawang.
The number of tourists from Britain to Goa has declined by 30 percent, but Russian tourists have swelled by more than 200 percent over the last two years, the State Assembly was told on August 2. According to data tabled in the house by the Tourism Ministry, the top arrivals at Goa's sunny beaches in 2010 and 2011 were from European countries, namely Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland and Sweden, apart from Russia and Britain.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will give approvals to the citizens of Nashik to start bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs) for the benefit of tourists, reports The Times of India.
Goa plans to learn from Israel in order to promote and pursue its model of rural tourism, which is a hit in that country. According to Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, the Goa government has given its 'full support to start this new chapter in ties with Israel'. Goa has stepped up efforts to improve the landscape of its villages, so as to make it more attractive for the tourists.
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said that a roadmap will be chalked out so that both tourism and conservation of tigers can be carried out simultaneously. He was speaking against the backdrop of a recent Supreme Court verdict banning tourism activities in core areas of tiger reserves.
The number of foreign tourists visiting India increased for the third consecutive year in 2011, while domestic tourism too has been witnessing double digit growth, the Tourism Ministry said.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is all set to invest INR300 crore towards several projects which will help boost tourism in the state, reports The Hindu Business Line. These projects include the construction of nine hotels and the development of three spots for eco-tourism.
The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) has stated that tourism in the state of Kerala might be affected by the recession in European countries, reports The Hindu Business Line. This is because nearly 70 percent of the international tourists visiting Kerala belong to Europe.
After a series of interactive sessions, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has given his nod for a slew of projects that will change the profile of the Taj city. The young chief minister has met businessmen, officials, Samajwadi Party leaders and social activists from Agra.