India’s Ministry of Tourism has officially launched its Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI).
The Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India cover three segments of India’s tourism industry: beaches and accommodations, backwaters, lakes, and rivers, and tour operators. The criteria were developed and launched in August of 2014 at a workshop on sustainable tourism and have now been adopted by stakeholders.
Related to the criteria, the Ministry of Tourism has established guidelines for approving hotel projects and for classifying/reclassifying hotels currently in operation. Under the guidelines, hotels in development are required to implement eco-friendly standards that tackle challenges such as waste management, pollution control, water and energy conservation, and more. Hotels in delicate areas must be sustainable and protect the local environment, as well as adapt to and reflect the local community, design, and culture.
Tour operators much pledge their commitment to sustainable tourism and the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India, including but not limited to cultural and environmental protection in travel. The Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India is a great sign of a promising 2016 in sustainable travel throughout India.
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