Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Great Insight On #ResponsibleTourism

9th December 2015. A complete day to spend with the national and international think tank in Responsible Tourism. A lot of takeaways. It was a fabulous learning, brainstorming and introspecting. Everyone was wishing we had more time to listen to the excellent thoughts of the gurus in the field.

The event was organized by the prestigious outlook group. Blogging partners - none other than Blogadda. It was all well organized. There were state tourism stalls of Kerala, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Uttarakhand. Great insights shared by the esteemed speakers. There have been a lot of initiatives being taken by the state tourism departments but more or less these initiatives are not well organized, are scattered and not collated well. A number of private players are also engaged in creating an overall atmosphere of Responsible Tourism.

The opening address was from Harold Goodwin, Professor of Responsible Tourism, Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also the Director of International Center for Responsible Tourism. The efforts are on from both the ends, on a large scale, globally. Every country is facing the heat of the fire. It is already too late getting into it but then it is never too late to initiate a drive. This drive is for the sustenance of nature. Most of the countries are now aware of the problem and trying to do their best in this regard.

For a country like India, there are more challenges as compared to any other country. We have inbound tourism more than the outbound. And then there is a huge diversification in culture, language difference, geographic conditions being different and less engagement from governments (state and national). Everything needs to be driven in a collaborated manner rather than energies being spent in different directions in a scattered way.

Besides government's role, it is the prime responsibility of each tour operator, tourist and other stakeholders engaged in the tourism ecosystem to own this responsibility. As a tourist, it becomes our sole responsibility to cater to nature in a positive way rather than consuming resources at a tremendous speed. Obviously, we are now falling short of natural resources like water, forests, energy, We must be as preserving and caring as we are at home. At a tourist destination, there need to be a discipline and some set of rules to be incorporated that must be adhered to by one and all.

After all, it is the question of our own existence and survival. We can't afford to shred away from our responsibilities to become a responsible tourist and leave nothing for our coming generations.

I am blogging for #ResponsibleTourism activity by Outlook Traveller in association with BlogAdda
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