DATE: 19 January, 2017
VENUE: The Grand, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Come ideate, inspire, share stories of success… and failure. Come change the way India travels!
Some of the most respected industry experts:
Amitav Ghosh, Author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Dr Harold Goodwin, MD, Responsible Tourism Partnership & RT advisor, WTM, London
Garry Wilson, Managing Director, Product & Purchasing, TUI Group
Ananya Dasgupta, Programme Coordinator, Governance, Law & Tourism Programme, EQUATIONS
Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor
The jury of the first Indian Responsible Tourism Awards:
Akhil Kapoor, Convivium Leader, Slow Food India (Delhi chapter)
Aman Nath, Chairman, Neemrana Hotels
Ananda Banerjee, author and award-winning wildlife conservation journalist
Belinda Wright, Executive Director, Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), and Proprietor, Kipling Camp
CB Ramkumar, Board Member, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and Founder-MD, Our Native Village
Emma Horne, Founder, Emma Horne Travel
Jaya Jaitly, Founder and President, Dastkari Haat Samiti
Ratish Nanda, Projects Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, India
Sheema Mookherjee, former Publisher of Lonely Planet (India) and Proprietor, Salban, the Kanha Homestay
Steve Borgia, honorary President, Eco-tourism Society of India
Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism
Dr Venu Vasudevan, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism
Case studies and real-life stories from:
Amadubi Rural Tourism Centre, Jharkhand
Grassroutes Journeys, Maharashtra
Spiti Ecosphere, Himachal Pradesh
Kutch Adventures, Gujarat & other responsible initiatives
How to make digital marketing tools work for you?
Social media, apps, B2B networks, web interface, search engine optimisation… How to make sure that your business is in step with, or ahead of, a rapidly changing online universe.
How to expand the domestic tourist base?
There’s strength in numbers. But how does one wean domestic tourists away from the LED TVs and the Olympic-sized pools without too many compromises? How does one incentivise them to make responsible choices? Draw a blueprint, keeping in mind the expectations of Indian tourists from the north, south, west and east/northeast.
How to tap the international RT market better?
Conversations on: resources and networks to explore, economic regions and countries more likely to travel to India for RT holidays in the next few years, most popular RT holiday formats for inbound tourists so far, basic expectations, incentives to offer and so on.
Business and branding in the RT space today
What are the right business models and pricing, and the perception of value… with a focus on branding designed to communicate authenticity, experience and India-specific cultural capital.