Alphons assures support to PETA to ban elephant rides

Ingrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently called on K J Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India, and submitted 63,000 digitally-signed appeals from tourists requesting a ban on elephant rides. The petition was a result of a viral video which showed that the elephant being used for […]

Read more to support sustainable tourism in 2018 announced two new special program- Booking Booster Programme and Booking Cares Fund, a three-week accelerator in Amsterdam for social enterprise scale-ups in sustainable tourism for the year 2018. In addition to the €2 million in grants awarded through Booking Booster, the company also announced its plans to further expand its efforts to support organisations […]

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Uttarakhand CM launches eco-tourism project in Kotdwar

Uttarakhand Tourism recently launched an eco-tourism circuit development and safari vehicles operation project in Pauri district. The Ecotourism Development Corporation of Uttarakhand is charged with developing more eco-tourism circuits in the state. Its main aim is to promote ecologically and culturally sustainable tourism, while also augmenting tourism-generated livelihood opportunities for local communities. Inaugurating the project […]

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Nature tourism integral to India’s Tiger conservation efforts: TOFT report

A new study by tiger ecologists, funded by Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) highlights the significant role that wildlife tourism is playing in securing the long-term future of the tiger and its forest habitats in the wild. The report focuses on four Tiger Reserves in Madhya Pradesh, finding that entry fees alone from visitors contribute […]

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Virgin Atlantic offers accessible entertainment for visually impaired

In a first, Virgin Atlantic has announced a fully accessible in-flight entertainment system for customers with sight loss via specially adapted iPads. The technology will be offered throughout its fleet serving destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, China, India and the Middle East. Working with UK-based tech company Bluebox viation Systems, the innovative iPad-based […]

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ETC and UNWTO discuss transnational themes and routes in Galicia

The European Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held an international seminar in Santiago de Compostela to exchange best practices on how to develop and effectively manage the transnational tourism themes and routes. The ETC-UNWTO International Seminar on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes was hosted by the Xunta de Galicia and […]

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Kerala Tourism unveils Tourism Policy 2017

Kerala’s new Tourism Policy 2017, unveiled by Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala, envisages the creation of new customised products for attracting young travellers, professionals, students and artists to the state.The policy emphasises on the active participation of the differently-abled and transgenders while implementing the Responsible Tourism Mission across the […]

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Kerala Tourism highlights Responsible Tourism Mission at WTM London 2017

Sharing the sustainable practices and ethical methods to drive the responsible tourism agenda, Kerala Tourism participated in a three-day-long World Travel Market London 2017 to highlight the success of the state’s “Responsible Tourism Mission” at a global platform and highlighted the sustainable practices to put into action the responsible tourism agenda. “Owing to the tremendous […]

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South Africa’s Robben Island Museum goes green

Robben Island, the prison-turned-tourist-attraction that held Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment amidst the apartheid struggle, has moved to solar energy. The move will reduce Robben Island’s carbon emissions by almost 940 tons. Tourism Minister, Tokozile Xasa handed over a solar power plant to the Robben Island Museum (RIM) as part of the Department of Tourism’s […]

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Chief Minister of Kerala launches Responsible Tourism Mission

The Responsible Tourism initiatives in the state of Kerala woke up to a new dawn, with the Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan launching the dedicated mission for it. The world’s first Responsible Tourism Mission will lead Kerala Tourism through people-friendly, local community-friendly and environment-friendly initiatives ensuring rural development, employment opportunities and women empowerment. K Suresh Kurup […]

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