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Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the project “Development of Rural Circuit: Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project’ in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs. 80.37 Crores. The project focuses on development of water based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.

Tourists start returning to Kerala Tourists start returning to Kerala

First tourists have started flying into Kerala after the floods. Alleppey houseboats have started taking tourists including those from Turkey and United States. In a bid to revive the tourism sector in the flood-hit Kerala, officials from the state government have visited Gujarat for their first promotion campaign. Hard selling the once-in-twelve-year Neelakurinji blooms in Munnar, snake boat races in IPL formats, Jatayu Park and the river cruises, officials stated that 99 per cent of tourist destinations have been opened.
 
 
Tourism ministry sanctions two heritage circuit projects Tourism ministry sanctions two heritage circuit projects

The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned two new projects under Heritage and North East Circuits of Swadesh Dashan Scheme for Rs. 164.95 Crores in Punjab and Tripura. Under Heritage Circuit in the state of Punjab, the project covers sites of Anandpur Sahib – Fatehgarh Sahib – Chamkaur Sahib – Ferozpur – Amritsar – Khatkar Kalan – Kalanour – Patiala at the cost of Rs. 99.95 crores. While, under North East Circuit in Tripura, the sites of Surma Cherra- Unakoti- Jampui Hills- Gunabati-Bhunaneshwari- Matabari- Neermahal- Boxanagar- Chotta khola- Pilak- Avangchaarra are covered with total project cost of Rs. 65 Crores.
 
 
Alpine meadows are ‘God’s grasslands’ Alpine meadows are ‘God’s grasslands’

Terming high-altitude alpine meadows as ‘God’s grasslands’, Uttarakhand high court (HC) has directed the state government to “consider declaring all important high-altitude valleys and alpine meadows/ sub-alpine meadows/ bugyals with rich plant population as high-altitude national parks and sanctuaries within a period of six months.” The division bench of acting chief justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Lok Pal Singh also banned overnight stay in the alpine meadows citing it to be a threat to the fragile ecosystem of the area and ordered removal of all permanent structures.
 
 
Cruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon Cruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon

You can soon experience a cruise on the Ganges in Varanasi on a spanking new vessel. The service is set to start in the next one week, sources said. While the devotees and tourists can take a ride on the 30-metre double-decked modern liner, Alaknanda, during sunrise and to see Ganga aarti during evenings, the vessel will also be available for special booking during the rest of the day for events, meetings and holding religious functions including ‘Rudhrabhishek’.
 
 
Adventure Tourism recognised as Niche Tourism Adventure Tourism recognised as Niche Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism has recognised ‘Adventure Tourism’ as a ‘Niche Tourism’ product to promote India as a 365 days’ destination and attract tourists with specific interest. A Task Force on Adventure Tourism has been set up in October 2016 to act as a forum for resolving issues related to development and promotion of Adventure Tourism in the country. It has also been decided to promote 2018 as the ‘Year of Indian Adventure’.
 
 
Khangchendzonga reserve in the world network of biosphere reserves Khangchendzonga reserve in the world network of biosphere reserves

The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).  The decision to include Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in WNBR was taken at the 30th Session of International Coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO held at Palembang, Indonesia, from July 23-27, 2018.
 
 
26 places identified for development under PRASHAD 26 places identified for development under PRASHAD

The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations under the schemes of Swadesh Darshan, National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) and Assistance to Central Agencies for the development of tourism related infrastructure in the country. The Scheme of Assistance to Central Agencies for Tourism Infrastructure Development aims at developing tourism related infrastructure through central financial assistance to the Central Agencies who own the assets.
 
 
1.6 lakh cruise passengers visited India in 2017-18 1.6 lakh cruise passengers visited India in 2017-18

A Task Force on Cruise Tourism has been formed jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Shipping with representatives of all major ports and stakeholders for coordinated efforts to create an enabling ecosystem for the development of Cruise Tourism in India. The Task Force meets regularly and the last meeting of the Task Force was held on 21.05.2018. During the year 2017-18, a total of 1,62,660 cruise passengers visited India at six major ports namely Mumbai Port, Chennai Port, Cochin Port, Kolkata Port, New Mangalore Port and Mormugao Port.
 
 
Kumbh to be promoted globally to attract foreign tourists Kumbh to be promoted globally to attract foreign tourists

The government has taken many measures to globally promote the 49 day Kumbh Mela next year and attract a large number of foreign tourists. Kumbh is scheduled to begin in January 2019 at Allahabad. Many steps have been taken in this regard and these include- launch of ‘Chalo Kumbh Chalo’ campaign across the country, branding and marketing campaigns for Kumbh, 2019 and advertisements at major international airports of the country to attract foreign tourists.