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Conflict of Interest in KPMG's Drafting Of Karnataka’s Forest Plan And Coal India’s Vision Plan, Activists Say 
November 04, 2018

The Karnataka Forest department has asked KPMG, the global financial consultanc

 
Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
The Indian state under the increasing influence of Hindu nationalism is using Hindu pilgrimage sites..
 
“Aswachh Bharat” marks Amarnath yatra 
July 15, 2018

Tourism and Plastic: Exploring the Contours 

June 04, 2018
The threat that plastic poses to the health of the planet has been raising alarm bells for some time..
 
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..

 

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
Statement on Just Tourism - Tourism Alert and Action Forum (TAAF 
March 18, 2018

Tourism Alert and Action Forum met at Salvador, Brazil in March, 2018 in a side event to the World Social Forum. TAAF reaffirmed its commitment to the principles of the Istanbul Statement

 
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...
 
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
Public Acceptance of Gay Relationships Will Help Control Spread of AIDS: SC on Section 377 
August 18, 2018
Justice DY Chandrachud, part of a five-judge Constitution bench hearing batch petitions seeking to decriminalise..
 
Buoyant Global Economy Means Higher Hotel And Air Prices In 2019 
August 02, 2018
Travel prices are expected to rise sharply in 2019, with hotels going up 3.7 per cent, and flights 2.6 per cent..