Understanding the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on local communities – Equitable Tourism

EQUATIONS envisions a just and equitable world, where all people have the freedom and the right to determine their lives and future. We envision forms of tourism which are non-exploitative, where decision making is democratised, and access to and benefits of tourism are equitably distributed. EQUATIONS believes in the capacity of individuals and communities to actualise their potential for the well-being of society.

We work toward justice, equity, people centred and movement centred activism, democratisation and dialogue.

Everyday we hear that tourism brings economic development, it creates jobs and revenues. But who really benefits from it? The local community, the village elite, or the owner?

There’s been an exponential increase in tourism in india over the last several decades, fueled by the growing economy and disposable incomes. The tourism industry in India has expanded wildly in an unregulated fashion with no regard for environmental, social and cultural impacts. […]

Source: About Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS)
Address : https://beta.equitabletourism.org/about
Date Visited: 28 July 2020

Make in India Child Labour and Tourism, June 12, 2015
Click here to download ‘Make in India Child Labour and Tourism- EQUATIONS’, 72.7KB. The same can be read below too.
[…] Budgetary analysis shows that the allocation for child protection continues to receive the smallest share. HAQ, Centre for Child Rights, points out that just as the world community through the UN Human Rights Council is declaring its commitment towards better investment in the Rights of the Child, it is ironic to see India, which was one of the few countries to have recognized the importance of Child Budgeting, takes a step back on its commitment through its reduced allocations for children.
Government of India’s recent proposed steps towards regulating of child labour also reflects the same picture. […]
The informal entertainment sector is part of tourism, the acrobatic and fire work performances of children from adivasi communities, the cultural performances of children from local groups in tourism destinations are all directly related to tourism. This is an aspect that the current amendment has not taken into consideration. […]

Source: Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) | Make in India Child Labour and Tourism
Address: https://www.equitabletourism.org/readfull.php?AID=3012
Date Visited: 4 July 2019

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