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Kerala Tourism Watch is an informal coalition of civil society activists and local communities to respond to the threats and challenges posed by exploitative and undemocratic tourism practices in Kerala that upset people's livelihood and cause cultural, environmental, economic and social maladies that the Government is unable to control.

Kerala: Protestors disrupt tourism function

The district-level inauguration of ‘Utsav,' a cultural event organised by the Tourism Department, was disrupted after a group of people took out a march to the venue near the Aranmula Parthsarathy temple on Sunday.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/article272782...

The district-level inauguration of ‘Utsav,' a cultural event organised by the Tourism Department, was disrupted after a group of people took out a march to the venue near the Aranmula Parthsarathy temple on Sunday.

From Bakel: Tourism Lobby encroching & filling river

Reporter TV's Coverage on the issue

A Trivandraum based major resort development group which has taken land form the Bekel Resort Development Corporation for lease, illegally claims land from river in Chettukund, Kasrgode. The land which was originally taken over by the BRDC by displacing 9 families, is leased out to the company for 99 years.

TV Reporters were attacked by same Hotel group on the previous day

Bekal Tourism Lobby’s Attack on Journalists Condemned

Thiruvananthapuram 18/07/2011: We strongly condemn the attack on the journalist Sunil Issac of REPORTER channel and their cameraman Limesh by a private resort group in Chettukundu in Bekal ,Kasaragode yesterday. We demand to the state government that freedom and protection of journalists should be ensured and the culprits should be booked under the law.

Press Release: Shut down Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Immediately

Kerala Tourism Watch, Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF), Socialist Unity Center of India, (SUCI), Solidarity Youth Movement, Pedestrian Pictures and National Alliance of Anti-Nuclear Movements (NAAM)in a Press Release demanded the immediate closure of The Koodamkulam Nuclear Power Plant (India)considering the danger it poses to people in the Southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The statement draws attention to the peoples' ressistance in India against Nuclear Plants.

OECD tourism conference goes ahead in Jerusalem despite global protests

Note from ANITA PLEUMAROM in tim-team communication

New Kerala Tourism campaign: Copy cat or creativity unleashed?

September 28, 10

Tuhina Anand

Kerala Tourism has come out with its new international campaign – ‘Your moment is waiting’ – which is evincing some extreme reactions. While some have loved it, there are those who just abhor it and find it appalling. The ad has also drawn a lot of flak for its experimentation, as some feel it’s not the Kerala that they know of. Also, there have been parallels drawn with another campaign, incidentally for Mexico Tourism, Estrellas del Bicentenario

Tourism leave our coasts alone! A call to protect India’s coastal ecology from irresponsible and unregulated tourism

EQUATIONS statement on World Tourism Day 27 September 2010

The High Level Dialogue on Tourism, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the host of the WTD celebrations, will reportedly debate issues ranging from the economic value of biodiversity for tourism, to how to integrate biodiversity protection into planning for sustainable tourism. We wonder, if apart from the UNWTO itself, anyone else actually believes its propaganda!

TOURISM AND BIODIVERSITY: NATURAL ALLIES? Crucial Questions for the Tourism Industry

World Tourism Day Statement, 2010
ECOT-Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism

Tourism has turned biodiversity into one of its most marketable assets. Images of the natural environment, unspoiled rainforests, crystal clear waters, wild life in their natural habitat are a standard fare in the myriad tourism advertising programmes such as Incredible India and Amazing Thailand, drawing visitors to all parts of the world.

KOVALAM ARTIFICIAL REEF: GROUPS DEMAND JUDICIAL ENQUIRY

MEDIA RELEASE
Kerala Swatanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation & Kerala Tourism Watch

16th September 2010,Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Independent Fish Workers Federation (KSMTF) and Kerala Tourism Watch demands from the Government of India and the State Government, a comprehensive judicial and scientific enquiry, as well as a social audit to analyze the failed aspects and evaluate the overall process of the Artificial Reef in Kovalam.

Environment, Propaganda and Profits

Originaly posted at Countermedia.in

Bobby Kunhu

On the eve of a press conference scheduled on the 16th of September 2010 organised by a number of civil society groups and organizations regarding the artificial reefs at Kovalam initiated, propagated and constructed by ASR Ltd, a New Zealand based Multinational and contracted out through the Harbour Engineering Department by the Kerala Tourism Department using funds from the Tsunami rehabilitation Project, a very problematic instance of reportage in the Hindu by Anil Radhakrishnan has been brought under the scanner. The last of this series of reports that has come to my attention is dated August 11, 2010

The reports seems to be done in haste and all of them clearly seem to represent only one side of the story – the side of the company and amongst others seems to have irked the local fishing communities as well. The reports have not even taken enough efforts to cross-verify most of the statements professed by the company.