Claiming the Right to Say No

November 30, 2009
In 2008, the Philosophy Department of Rachol Seminary, Goa, organized a three-day seminar on impact assessment of tourism for their second-year students. To understand tourism impacts better, some of the seminarians undertook a field research. At that time, Israeli tourists were a prominent foreign tourist group in Goa and there were growing tensions between Israeli tourists and local people. The Rachol seminarians were keen to study these tensions, activities and behaviour of Israeli tourists and their social, economic,

The Challenge and Prospects of Tourism in Goa Today

November 30, 2009
Over the years, Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT) has continuously tried to analyse and work on negative impacts of tourism and focused on ensuring that the local communities benefit from tourism. CRT strives to bring in community stewardship and management with respect to tourism planning and management and has worked on issues pertaining to child sex tourism, exploitation of women, cultural conflicts, water abuse, foreign office travel advisories, displacement of people, environmental damage and the empowerment of different sub-sectors in tourism such as homestays, taxi operators, shacks. This publication provides an overview, critique and appraisal of the work done by CRT till February 2009. It has also compiled the salient activities and statements made during this period and aims to inspire people to look at steps to humanise tourism and make it just and sustainable in Goa.

Making a Difference

May 15, 2009
Tourism has seen as a means of providing communities with economic bene!ts in the form of supplementary incomes, but engagment of local communites in tourism is complex and varied levels. In 2008 through a collaborative projectcoordinated by African Safari Lodge (ASL) Foundation EQUATIONS looked into community based efforts in nature based tourism. Three naturally blessed sites were covered in this study- Himalayan Homestays in Ladakh, Mountain Shepherd Initiative in Uttarakhand and Manas Maozigendri Jungle Camp in Assam.

Coastal Regulation in India

April 15, 2009
This publication is divided into four parts: the first part analyses the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991 and issues of its implementation. It further looks at violations of the CRZ Notification 1991 by tourism. The second part is an evaluation of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations. The third section is a critique of the draft Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) Notification 2008. Finally, it has been suggested that the current CRZ Notification needs to be strengthened and rigorously implemented, rather than replace it with a feeble and ambiguous CMZ Notification in the section on 'The Way Forward'.

Redefining Tourism

November 15, 2008
The Endogenous Tourism Project- Rural Tourism Scheme (ETP-RTS) is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India (MoT) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated in 2003 and being implemented at 36 sites across the country. While the primary objective of the project is to focus on sustainable livelihoods, it extended beyond the achievement of mere economic objective of employment and income augmentation. These pilot project experiences had much to offer in terms of learning about the intersection between community dynamics and tourism projects.

Sustainability in Tourism

September 15, 2008
Community involvement in tourism has been widely supported as being essential for sustainablity. Globally, community based tourism(CBT) is increasingly receving attention as touirsm initiatives combine aspects of community development, poverty alleviation, cultural and natural heritage conservation. CBT lends itself as a window to achieving broader development goals at national, regional and local levels.

Rethink Tourism in the Andamans

June 16, 2008
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a archipelago of islands, which are not only ecologically fragile, but also share a complex socio-economic relationship with mainland India. Over the years, it has grown to be a popular tourist destination, known for its pristine beaches.