You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Ker's Responsible Tourism can make it score high on SDGs:


Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Kerala's successes with Responsible Tourism (RT) can catapult the state to a high rank in the attainment of the globally accepted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, internationally accredited tourism expert Harold Goodwin has said.

"The most important thing for me is the success of the Responsible Tourism Mission and the way in which local communities have been enabled to earn from tourism as an additional livelihood.

Local communities don't stop what they were doing before but have an additional source of income," Goodwin, who is the Founder and Managing Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism noted.

During a recent visit to Kerala in connection with an international symposium on People's Participation for Participatory Planning & Empowerment through Responsible Tourism (PEPPER), he said the state can also favourably score in the aspects of alternative technologies, soil and water management.

On partnerships for the SDGs, Kerala can be among the best places in the world, said Goodwin, an Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and Advisor to the World Travel Market.

"When I see the relationship between the Tourism Minister or the Director and the Panchayats, I don't know anywhere else in the world where this is possible, except probably in a city like Barcelona," he said in a press release.

On how tourism sector can contribute to the state's rebuilding after the August floods, Goodwin said the only way the tourism industry could help in the recovery is to get back on its feet and get tourists travelling here.

"Kerala is a very beautiful place to visit," he added.

He had also a word of appreciation for the political system and the Panchayats in Kerala who he said did not ignore the interests of the local people.

"If you remember the tsunami, though it was a very different situation, what was striking there is that the opportunity was taken to remove the local people from the tourist areas.

That has not happened here," he pointed out.

On the disaster Goodwin said, "To be honest, I expected to see a lot more damage. One of the problems about natural disasters, when they hit tourism areas, is that the of the disaster travels very fast, the of the recovery does not."

Cautioning Kerala against the risk of 'over tourism', Goodwin welcomed the growth of Vaikom as an RT destination, which has helped to shift the burden from Kumarakom.

To sustain the successes in RT destinations, he stressed the importance of marketing so that the villagers reap the benefits of their investments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 16:25 IST