Saturday, May 23, 2009

ECO TOURISM IN INDIA

Eco tourism is the concept of promoting tourism with due consideration of the environment. It is a conceptual experience, enriching those who delve into researching and understanding the environment around them. It gives us insight into our impacts, as human beings and also a greater appreciation of our own natural habitats.Eco-tourism is consecrated for preserving and sustaining the diversity of the world's natural and cultural environments.The International Eco-tourism Society defines Eco-tourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."
Responsible Eco tourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment, and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of Eco tourism is in the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for the local communities.
Eco-tourism is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization with an annual growth rate of 5% worldwide and representing 6% of the world gross domestic product, 11.4% of all consumer spending - not a market to be taken lightly.
India is one the most famous tourism hubs of the world.The government in the recent past has taken many commendable steps to promote Eco tourism in India."Atithi Deva Bhavah", "Incredible India" are such campaigns to promote tourism in conformity with the laws of environment.
However,following practices will add value to India's quest for promoting ecological tourism
  • Combating environmental problems in the tourist places
  • Launching awareness campaigns to make the people aware of their role in Eco tourism.Celebrities may be asked to campaign for the same as we have recently seen Mr Aamir Khan doing such campaign
  • Sanctity of culturally and historically important places must be maintained
  • Encouraging more private sector participation in tourism
  • Setting up more biosphere reserves, national parks, animal sanctuaries and zoos and strict implementation of various laws in the concerned field
With sincere effort of the government backed by popular support, India soon can become the most attractive tourist destination in the world.

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