Responsible Tourism Summit 2018
‘Staying Ahead—Vision 2020’
10th February, 2018
Come help us build a sense of community, and draw strength from it, across India—and South Asia.
In the third edition of our Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 & the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, a regional partner of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, London, our focus will be wider. Not only will we include best practices from India, but we’ll also highlight the best and the brightest examples from some of our neighbouring countries in South Asia—Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The idea, as always, is to gather knowledge and share it widely.
As an organisation that has been publishing Outlook Traveller, one of India’s oldest and most successful travel magazines and guides, we have mapped our own country extensively for 17 years. The last three, in particular, have been also devoted to identifying, recognising and supporting responsible tourism businesses across India.
Our immediate neighbours face the same challenges we do. For example—
- Climate change in the Himalayas and in the Indian Ocean
- Reaching out to the right travellers and spreading awareness
- High cost of conversion to sustainability
- Dealing with weekday slumps, pricing and policy issues
- Involving the urban community in the preservation of built-heritage
- Encouraging neighbourhood and micro-tourism
We’ve decided, therefore, to invite some of the pioneers of sustainability in our region to learn from their experiences, and better our own business models.
To bring real change in the region and counter the forces of climate change and mindless mass tourism models, we ought to find common solutions to common, quintessentially South Asian problems.
Ideas are mere ideas, until you implement them. Since 2015, the Summit has been encouraging and supporting best practices in India, and bringing public and private stakeholders of India’s responsible tourism movement together to ideate, troubleshoot and inspire each other. With powerful speakers, including leading international experts in the field, opportunities for case study sharing and focused networking, it hopes to consciously change the way India travels.