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As Women, Are We Really Economically Empowered A view from the point of view of Tourism 
April 10, 2018

Do we enjoy the same quality of life as our male counterparts? How can we, when the figures of women..

 
Meet the Majid Squad, a Group that Voluntarily Cleans Filth on Amarnath Yatra Routes 
January 29, 2018
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long..
 
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December 22, 2017

The Government of India’s recent “in principle” clearance to the international airport at Jewar, off Delhi, 16 years after the idea was first floated, is one of the sever

 
Sustainability is a choice – if we have the courage to make it 
September 27, 2017

Declaring 2017 as the year of Sustainable Tourism has once again served to highlight how unsustainable mainstream tourism..

 
India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768  treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cav..

 

EQUATIONS (Equitable Tourism Options) is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts 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?’.  

Tourism impacts on:

 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:
 

  • CHILD AND TOURISM
    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.
     
  • ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND TOURISM
    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.
     

  • ECOSYSTEMS, COMMUNITIES AND TOURISM
    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.
     
  • GOVERNANCE, LAW AND TOURISM
    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.
     
  • TOURISM EDUCATION
    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.
     
  • WOMEN AND TOURISM
    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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Campaigns
Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy, 2016: Annihilation of people and Sale of a state 
April 14, 2016
On 26th April 2016, key newspapers reported that the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa had invited views and suggestions from various stakeholders...
 
AVIATION, TOURISM & CHILDRENS RIGHTS: A GLOBAL EMERGENCY 
December 07, 2015
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which celebrates International Aviation Day on...
 
Events
Create & Connect: A comprehensive workshop on Community and Alternate Media 
May 02, 2018
ESC and EQUATIONS together are organising a workshop on community media to enable us to bring untold stories/ issues into public focus
 
Sustainability and Accountability of the Indian Hotel Industry 
December 06, 2017
A presentation exploring the labour and environmental sustainability practices of the indian hotel industry.
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS
Mangaluru Seals Deal with Kenya for Medical Tourism 
March 05, 2018
Mombasa city on the coast of Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Port City...
 
'Slum Homestay': Now Foreigners Can Pay ₹2000 a Night to Enjoy 'Basti' Life 
January 29, 2018
It was in 2015 that Ravi Sansi came across a tourist from Singapore who was being harassed by street urchins. He came to her rescue..