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December 28, 2011
MoT Introduces STCI For Travel Companies And Hotels


28 December 2011

Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is in the process of introducing Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) in next few months after the unveiling of the 'Code of Conduct for Safe and Honorable Tourism' policy. The main idea is to encourage Sustainable and Responsible Tourism among the principal stakeholders of Indian travel and tourism sector. The STCI is different for both travel companies and hotels which will maximise benefits for culture, heritage and environment of tourist destinations and sites with minimum negative impact. After announcing the STCI, the MoT will conduct roadshows and workshops on national and regional level to educate and promote the key focus of Sustainable Tourism in among the stakeholders.

According to Dr Kelly Bricker, Chairperson, GSTC, it is not a certification but the right and responsibility of the local and regional authorities to decide the importance of each element of sustainable tourism as necessary. The criteria is not 'one size fits all', rather it is 'the minimum, not maximum' that should be applied worldwide.

Major travel trade associations and stakeholders in the country have agreed to adopt the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India. Though, the challenge is to optimise between demand and supply of earth's finite assets without irreversable negative impact. Through STCI, the ministry is going to encourage the stakeholders to pledge, promote and implement STCI in public and make a part of the public dossier.