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ESOI and MoT sign MoU to work together to take Sustainable Tourism to the next level

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 16:00 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff |New Delhi

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Eco Tourism Society of India (ESOI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here in Delhi to work towards driving and advocating Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) initiatives in the country. The MoU was signed by Suman Billa, Joint Secretary-Tourism, Government of India and Steve Borgia, President, ESOI in the presence of Vinod Zutshi, Secretary – Tourism, Government of India.

As per the MoU, ESOI will prepare a 10-year Road Map for advocacy and certification under the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India. The Road Map will be based on regional workshops held with relevant stakeholders across the country. ESOI, through stakeholder consultations, will formulate criteria and classification guidelines for certification for the accommodation and tour/travel operators within the STCI guidelines and later develop standards for Destinations which will also be in sync with the internationally accepted Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

The Ministry of Tourism and the Ecotourism Society of India started the process a couple of years ago when they formulated and published the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India and carried it to the grass root level through series of advocacy workshops. Through this MOU, it is expected that sustainable tourism and Responsible Tourism will take the forefront and achieve the commitments of the Ministry’s action plan.

The Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) was established in 2008 at the behest of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) as a non-profit organization to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in the tourism industry across the country. This national body was formed by a group of eminent professionals from the tourism industry, environmentalists and Conservationists.

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