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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 benefits in the form of supplementary incomes, but engagment of local communites in tourism is complex and varied levels. In 2008 through a collaborative project coordinated 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
Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India have been involved in an initiative on Rural Tourism. Covering 36 sites spread geographically over the country, these pilot project experiences had much to offer in terms of learning about the intersection between community dynamics and tourism projects. A review of the project commissioned by UNDP in 2008 set EQUATIONS on a journey of exploring the issues and learnings derived from these pilot projects. We travelled to various sites, met communities, implementing agencies, policy makers and advisors. The outcome was a detailed review report, an audio visual documentation in the form of a film 'Redefining Tourism -Voices from Rural India', and this dossier. This dossier is conceptualised as accompanying the film in order to mirror the experiences of policymakers, implementers and community members. It is hoped that these reflections and insights will help those engaging in or simply interested in rural tourism to understand its components and complexities.

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 popular tourist destination in India. This has meant a slew of proposals to expand and intensify tourism, huge investment in infrastructure, improved connectivity and relaxation on Leave Travel Concession (LTC) for domestic tourists. However, these plans are not based on how tourism impacts the Islands. They have failed to take into account aspirations of local communities and whether ground realities support the assumptions made. This Research Report is an analysis of the status of tourism and proposed tourism development plans, an assessment of the social, cultural, economic, environmental, institutional, and policy impacts of tourism. It intends to capture people's perspective on tourism and makes recommendations to ensure sustainable, participatory and equitable approaches to tourism in the Islands.

Unholy Nexus

June 15, 2008
Public Opinion is on the rise about child sexual exploitation by tourists in India. But, little has been done to study and protect male children from prostitution. This research conducted in 2008, investigates the extent and nature of child sexual exploitation in the pilgrim tourist sites Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Puri (Orissa) and Guruvayoor (Kerala). The study identifies key actors who are involved in and/or facilitate prostitution of male children. The study documents the causes, circumstances, locations and profile of these children and the context in which such sexual exploitation continues unchecked. While the research focuses on the male child, many of the findings and recommendations are equally applicable to female children in similar context.