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Enhanced Emphasis For Sustainable Growth Is Needed Now
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    Enhanced Emphasis For Sustainable Growth Is Needed Now

    . This is the need of the hour and globally the emphasis is on Sustainable Grow. This is Now Tourism Mantra of 21st Century.

    . November 11, 2009 - UNWTO declared as RESPONSIBLE TOURISM DAY, during world Travel Mart in London in 2009.

    . The day signifies: - Preservation of Heritage and Environment.

    . Keeping in mind- Needs of local people-:
    (1) Geographical settings
    (2) Environment & Resources and that helps sustain the activities around a destination (including Hospitality Industry)

    . Involving Local People:-All service providers be hotels/tour operators/travel agents etc. to select areas to involve locals rather than outsiders. Locals for servicing the hotel, locals for cultural events, locals to act as Guides etc.

    . Benefit: - If local community is involved, it helps in reducing the chain of poverty. Locals become more vigilant as stake holders specially preservation of heritage monuments, wildlife etc.

    . New Generation:- Tourists now ensure to visit such destinations which are providing healthy environmental surroundings where locals are involved and development activities are done by promoting natural resources; practicing Energy conservation; and Sewage treatment.

    As these measures not only save money but also ensure use of renewable energy sources, help in energy & water consumption. Measures to reduce waste help environmental cleanliness.
    Waste Management techniques must get priority by eco-tourism friendly.
    Sustainable Practices generally focuss on:-
    . In Accommodation & Hospitality Sector

    . Use of non-toxic clearing agents & detergents

    . 100% organic cotton sheets, towels and mattresses.

    . Renewable energy sources like solar or wind energy.

    . Guest Room & Hotel lobby recycling bins.

    . Energy efficient lighting.

    . On site transportation with green vehicles.

    . Serve organic & local grown food.

    . Gray water recycling that is re-use of kitchen, bath & laundry water for gardens & landscaping.

    . Paper recycling programme

    . Sewage treatment plants as manure.

    . No use of plastics. Use paper bags/textile bags

    . Buying locally grown fruits & vegetables.

    The emphasis must also be on - (Travel & Tourism Sector):-
    a) Adopting Responsible Tourism Practices with due respect to Human Rights.

    b) Promoting knowledge, sharing knowledge and each others experience. Specially involving locals/all involved in tourism business.

    c) Thorough understanding of the environment & respect the environment.

    d) Do not bring urban construction in a fragile environment & despoil the same eco-sensitive surroundings -control make emission, environmental pollution - Noise, water etc.

    e) Promote organic farming.

    f) Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption by utilizing solar & other renewable sources of energy, whenever & wherever possible.

    g) We should give back to society from where we have benefited (which is termed corporate Responsibility) for spread of education, adopt monuments for beautification & upkeep which are located around the hotel or take up clearing up the city garbage & boost sense of hygiene.

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