The Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the Joint Environment Program (UNEP) and the Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI), hosted a national summit on the development of sustainable and responsible tourism destinations in New Delhi on Saturday. On this occasion, the Ministry of Tourism has launched a national sustainable tourism strategy and campaign for responsible travelers, the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement.
The strategy paper defines the strategic framework for sustainable tourism development such as promoting environmental sustainability, protecting biodiversity, promoting economic sustainability, promoting socio-cultural sustainability, sustainable tourism certification scheme, IEC, and capacity building and governance. (Also read: Third India-Bangladesh passenger train ready to operate from Wednesday)
Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Minister Arvind Singh said that tourism and the environment have a special relationship.
“Their interaction with each other is a two-way process. On the one hand, natural resources are one of the main components of tourism,” he said.
The natural and artificial environment forms tourism products that the tourist enjoys life and rests with. On the other hand, the close and direct connection between visitors, host communities and the local environment creates a delicate situation in which tourism can be both very disruptive and very positive for sustainable development.
According to the minister, the COVID-19 pandemic has further forced the tourism sector to shift its focus towards resilience, resilience and interconnectedness among the various stakeholders in the sector.
Singh also said that “we need to use cleaner fuels. The Prime Minister also announced that India will increase its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and meet 50 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2030.”
“The state policy in the field of tourism should recognize the principles of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals in its vision and strategic direction of tourism. In an effort to create a sustainable future for tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has also taken various steps in this direction,” he added.
Singh said that the Ministry of Tourism has launched the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to provide tourists with an experience and has authorized 76 projects to date.
After reviewing this chart, “we have now updated the Swadesh Darshan chart as Swadesh Darshan 2.0,” he said.
The idea of Swadesh Darshan 2.0 is to develop in an integrated way to create sustainable and responsible tourism destinations.
“When formulating the SD 2.0 guidelines, we took into account various elements to ensure the sustainable and responsible development of destinations. Through Swadesh Darshan, sustainable and responsible tourism 2.0 practices will be implemented in various projects and initiatives,” he said. added.
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