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Talk for Change for Making Tourism Sustainable Equitable and Just
August 26, 2010 to August 27, 2010

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Talk for Change for Making Tourism Sustainable Equitable and Just

Regional Consultation on Responsible Tourism in the North Eastern States of India, Gangtok, Sikkim

26 & 27 August 2010

Impulse, Shillong in collaboration with EQUATIONS, Bangalore and Sikkim University, Gangtok organised “Regional Consultation on Responsible Tourism in the North Eastern States of India”. The regional consultation was organized with the objective of initiating a process of dialogue and developing a perspective on responsible tourism for the North Eastern Regions in order to influence tourism policy and practice in the region.

DAY 1 - 26th August 2010

Time Focus Presenter / Facilitator
10.00 Welcome & context setting
Encouraging Responsible Tourism In North East India by Encouraging Stakeholders
Hasina Kharbhih, Team Leader, Impulse
10.30        Policy perspectives in relation to tourism in the North East + ground realities and challenges: An overview on tourism trends and policy perspectives Aditi Chanchani, Coordinator Programmes,  EQUATIONS
Historical perspectives and current trends & challenges of tourism development in the North East Conrad Sangma, Leader of Opposition, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly (Former Tourism Minister, Meghalaya)
Tourism and Gender Concerns – Gender based Violence with special reference to Gender Budgeting Dr Ranjana Kumari, President, Women Power Connect, New Delhi
Address by the Honourable Minister Shri Bhim Prasad Dhungel Department of Tourism, Government of Sikkim
North East Vision 2010 and North East Tourism Policy  with  special reference to Sikkim Dr Vimal Kahwas, Phd,  Associate Fellow, School of Policy and Planning, Sikkim University
Civil Society Perspectives on Tourism Ramananda Wangkheirakpam, Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action
Role of Hoteliers in responsible tourism initiative Mr Thinley Densappa, Welcome Heritage
Role of Tour Operators in responsible tourism initiative Lukendra Rasaily, Managing Director, Travel Agent Association of Sikkim
13.00 LUNCH 
14.00 Critical issues in tourism:
Gender Budgeting and Tourism
Dr Ranjana Kumari, President, Women Power Connect
Impacts of Tourism on Women and Children – from a legal perspective Dr Doma Bhutia, Director Human Rights Law Network
Tourism and trafficking related to Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act on the Northeast perspective Sushil Huidrom, Centre for Peoples Concern, Manipur
Code of Conduct on Safe and Honourable Tourism, Government of India Neiha Bansal, Project Associate, UNODC
Role of media on critical issues in tourism with special reference to Sikkim Amit Patro, Editor,  Sikkim Express
Critical Perspectives on Tourism Ravindranath, Rural Volunteer Centre
Critical issues in the Present scenario of tourism development in Mizoram Mr Vanlalrema Vantawl, Zalen, Vice President of Mizoram Journalists Association
16.45 Responses through community based tourism initiatives:
Community based tourism initiatives in West Sikkim
Nima Tashi Bhutia, Chief Executive Officer, Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC)
Community based tourism initiative in the Gzongu region, Sikkim Gyatso Lepcha, Concerned Lepchas of Sikkim
How can rural tourism be sustained? Tassaduk Ariful Hussain, Executive Director, NEST
Alternative Perspective of Construction using Bamboo – an Impulse initiative Fatima Martin, Architect
DAY 2 – 27th August 2010
09.30 Committing to act:
Forming of the groups based action and critical points raised the previous day.
Concluding session on developing of strategies on how we need to take this initiative forward
Aditi Chanchani, EQUATIONS
Hasina Kharbhih, Team Leader, Impulse

Thank you for your participation and your commitment to take this initiative forward.

Ms. Hasina  Kharbhih Team Leader, IMPULSE NGO Network at  hkharbhih@rediffmail.com
Ms. Aditi Chanchani, Coordinator Programmes, EQUATIONS at aditi.c@equitabletourism.org or info@equitabletourism.org