A look at sustainable, responsible travel, tourism ministry launches Swadesh Darshan 2.0

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Tourism, together with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI), launched the National Sustainable Tourism Strategy and Responsible Travelers Campaign on Monday.
The document defines the strategic framework for the development of sustainable tourism, such as promoting environmental sustainability, protecting biodiversity, promoting economic sustainability, promoting socio-cultural sustainability, sustainable tourism certification scheme, IEC, and capacity building and management.
Highlighting the special relationship between tourism and the environment, Tourism Minister Arvind Singh said that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the tourism sector to shift its focus towards sustainability, resilience and interconnectedness among various stakeholders in the sector. He also said that the state policy in the field of tourism should recognize the principles of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its vision and strategic direction of tourism.
“In order to create a sustainable future for tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has also taken various steps in this direction,” said Singh.
The Ministry of Tourism also said that it has updated Swadesh Darshan in its avatar 2.0, under which it will be engaged in the integrated development of tourism destinations in order to develop sustainable and responsible tourism destinations.
“The scheme will promote the adoption of sustainable tourism principles, including environmental, socio-cultural and economic sustainability,” he said.


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