Outlook Publishing (India) Pvt Ltd

Country: India

Website: http://responsibletourismindia.com

Outlook Group

Outlook Publishing (India) Pvt Ltd. brings out six titles, including the flagship Outlook India, published since 1993. It counts amongst its editors some of India's most outstanding journalists. The group's travel publication, Outlook Traveller, has for 16-odd years championed slow, green travel in India through stories about new initiatives and inspiring travels.

 

Responsible Travel Initiative

For the last three years, the Outlook Group has been running its Responsible Tourism Initiative. Its most prominent feature is an annual Responsible Tourism Summit in New Delhi, which provides neutral platform for debate and discussions between industry leaders, and hopes to create a wide network of public and private stakeholders to encourage knowledge-sharing and policy making. In 2018, we are bringing in voices from neighbouring countries in South Asia - including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Maldives. The initiative also recognises and rewards local tourism providers, who encourage community-driven, green travel in India through the annual Indian Responsible Tourism Award. In addition, in 2017, the initiative has also begun organising workshops that provide business owners a roadmap on how to make their operations socially and ecologically responsible. The initiatives maps responsible businesses around the country, a project it has been carrying out for three years to create up-to-date database. To complete the loop, the initiative also runs a social media campaign to inform and educate end users about ways in which they can travel sustainably. 

 

Responsible Travel Summit

The goal of the Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit, started in 2015, is to make sustainable, community-centric tourism the new normal. We do this through sharing best practices, highlighting successful community models, and bringing in leaders who can help formulate a vision for the future.

The summit is supported by a network of public and private stakeholders, including the Indian Ministry of Tourism that wants to encourage knowledge-sharing and have focused discussions on shaping future policy. India's pioneers in the field are regular participants and advisors. 

Our goal is to convince more business-owners that ethical tourism is the only way forward. We do this by demonstrating the ways in which responsible tourism can help arrest rural migration and create new livelihoods, thereby safeguarding the language, culture, music, food, craft, textiles, festivals and the natural resources of our states.

 

Indian Responsible Tourism Awards

In 2017, we gave away the first Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, in association with the World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Awards, London. In keeping with the international standards, the judging process is intensive and rigorous. In 2018, entries will compete in 8 categories, and be judged by 17 experts. The winners will automaticaly qualify to compete on the international platform in London.

 

Responsible Tourism Workshops

We empower business-owners by providing a roadmap to becoming responsible and the tools and digital know-how that can help them tap the right customers. This knowledge is disseminated through grassroots workshops as well as on our website and via reports we publish. 

Mr. Indranil Roy
indranil@outlookindia.com

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