A three-day international symposium will be organised by Kerala Tourism and Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies, KITTS in association with International Centre for Responsible Tourism, ICRT and Confederation of Indian Industry, CII at Mascot Hotel in the state capital. Scheduled to commence on May 31, it is aimed at highlighting responsible and sustainable practices in tourism that would ensure socio economic development through participation by the local community and making use of naturally available resources. The first such coordinated initiative in the country launched at Kumarakom has been successful in this regard and has given an encouraging signal to the Tourism Department.
There will be a presentation on the Responsible Tourism initiative of Kerala Tourism wherein case studies featuring homestays and heritage villas in several districts will be highlighted, followed by a panel discussion on the roles and responsibilities of the tourism industry, local self governments, self-help groups etc. Topics such as contributions to local economy, employment generation, poverty reduction and capacity building will be discussed at the symposium. Policy-makers, tourism industry stakeholders, NGOs and related groups are expected to take part.
The ICRT facilitates implementation of responsible tourism practices across the world, raising issues and working together to find solutions and encourage people to take responsibility for the changes necessary to make tourism more sustainable.