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Flights of Fantasy 
July 14, 2015
Seaplanes are being used in tourism in the state of Maharashtra...
Child and Tourism 
June 30, 2015
Tourism First Magazine features...
PRESS RELEASE - Make in India Child Labour and Tourism 
June 12, 2015
In the 2015-16 budget, only 0.41 per cent of GDP is earmarked for...
Economic Impacts of Tourism 
June 06, 2015
 "Hastakshep" Weekly supplement of Rashtriya Sahara, a...
PRESS RELEASE - Flights of Fancy: The Ground Truths of Seaplanes in Tourism 
June 04, 2015
Environmental pollution and degradation is a global concern of prime importance...
Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on local communities. We believe that tourism should be non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. A question that has been central to our work and directs much of it is 'Who Really Benefits from Tourism?'.

Our Method of Work

Research and Analysis - Our research focuses on the impacts of tourism. Under its ambit, the broad areas which we research on are the economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal and policy impacts. We also critically analyse tourism development at 'destinations' on how it impacts the lives and livelihood of local communities, their social milieu and their environment.

Campaigns and Advocacy - We initiate campaigns and support people's struggles, against unjust, undemocratic and unsustainable forms of tourism. We advocate people's concerns with local, regional and national government and lobby for change.  Our advocacy aims for decentralised democracy and we believe that communities should have a decisive voice in the access, control and ownership over their livelihood, natural resources and common resources. We try to ensure people's experience and aspirations influences tourism policies.

Networking - We build networks of people; grassroots organisations, local communities, activists, researchers, trade unions, legal and policy experts, who are concerned, as we are, with ensuring that tourism planning, policy and implementation is equitable, people-centred and just. We rely on our network partners to build our perspectives from the ground.

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Our work across thematic areas is guided by the impacts that tourism has on these areas. We research, campaign and advocate on issues that then emerge and this helps us as an organization to understand tourism's impacts more comprehensively. The themes we work across currently are:

    We work with local communities, concerned groups, the tourism industry and other players to ensure that the rights of children are protected in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence central and state governments to incorporate, implement and monitor child sensitive guidelines in their respective policies and legislations.
    We provide a developing-country perspective at the national and international fora on the impacts of trade and economic policies on tourism development and community benefit. We work on influencing the national government's trade and economic policies related to tourism to prioritise community rights, benefits and local regulation.

    We work on international, national and local level policies and processes to build an understanding of environmental impacts of tourism. We critique current models of tourism; all which have a bearing on ecological sustainability, biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
    We work with rural and urban Local Self Governing Institutions (LSGIs) to exercise their rights and to develop guidelines and mechanisms to strengthen local regulation of tourism and to ensure that they play an active and decisive role in tourism development.
    We aim to influence how tourism is taught in India by mainstreaming critical perspectives and attempt changes in tourism curriculum. We engage with students, teachers and tourism institutions by building awareness on tourism impacts, encouraging research and welcoming interns.
    The tourism industry claims to be a major employer of women globally, but this is an industry that is far from gender just. Our work examines ways in which women can have greater access, control and ownership over livelihoods and natural resources as well as access to the benefits in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence policy makers for evolving greater gender-sensitive models and policies for tourism.
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September 27, 2015
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Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the draft National Tourism Policy, 2015 
May 10, 2015
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May 14, 2015
There is significant lack of understanding of transgender people as...
In the Heart of incredible India 
May 07, 2015
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Narendra Kumar Sinha, Tourism Secretary, Government of India 
August 04, 2015
Narendra Kumar Sinha, who is serving as Secretary...
Absence of Policy Badly Affected Tourism in Mizoram CAG 
July 08, 2015
Development of tourism in Mizoram has been adversely affected by the...