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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.