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Lifting the Veil 
February 21, 2014
The need for community involvement in tourism, or any other developmental sector within the country...
 
Why Your Car Hates Your Magnificent Heritage 
November 28, 2013
Postcards from Mamallapuram offer a serene view of the Five Rathas...
 
Villagers Hold Meeting To Protest High-End Tourism Project 
October 02, 2013
Residents of 70 villages of Narmada district held a meeting today to protest the...
 
Tourism Department Not To Pursue Responsible Tourism Tag For Kumarakom 
July 30, 2013
Kerala tourism has decided not to label Kumarakom as an RT...
 
Tourism In Uttarakhand Needs Regulation 
July 29, 2013
The Char Dham Yatra, a trail that leads to four holy shrines of Hindu pilgrimage in...
 
Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on local communities. We believe that tourism should be non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. A question that has been central to our work and directs much of it is 'Who Really Benefits from Tourism?'.

Our Method of Work


Research and Analysis - Our research focuses on the impacts of tourism. Under its ambit, the broad areas which we research on are the economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal and policy impacts. We also critically analyse tourism development at 'destinations' on how it impacts the lives and livelihood of local communities, their social milieu and their environment.

Campaigns and Advocacy - We initiate campaigns and support people's struggles, against unjust, undemocratic and unsustainable forms of tourism. We advocate people's concerns with local, regional and national government and lobby for change.  Our advocacy aims for decentralised democracy and we believe that communities should have a decisive voice in the access, control and ownership over their livelihood, natural resources and common resources. We try to ensure people's experience and aspirations influences tourism policies.

Networking - We build networks of people; grassroots organisations, local communities, activists, researchers, trade unions, legal and policy experts, who are concerned, as we are, with ensuring that tourism planning, policy and implementation is equitable, people-centred and just. We rely on our network partners to build our perspectives from the ground.

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Tourism impacts on:

Our work across thematic areas is guided by the impacts that tourism has on these areas. We research, campaign and advocate on issues that then emerge and this helps us as an organization to understand tourism's impacts more comprehensively. The themes we work across currently are:

  • CHILD AND TOURISM
    We work with local communities, concerned groups, the tourism industry and other players to ensure that the rights of children are protected in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence central and state governments to incorporate, implement and monitor child sensitive guidelines in their respective policies and legislations.
     
  • ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND TOURISM
    We provide a developing-country perspective at the national and international fora on the impacts of trade and economic policies on tourism development and community benefit. We work on influencing the national government's trade and economic policies related to tourism to prioritise community rights, benefits and local regulation.
     

  • ECOSYSTEMS, COMMUNITIES AND TOURISM
    We work on international, national and local level policies and processes to build an understanding of environmental impacts of tourism. We critique current models of tourism; all which have a bearing on ecological sustainability, biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
     
  • GOVERNANCE, LAW AND TOURISM
    We work with rural and urban Local Self Governing Institutions (LSGIs) to exercise their rights and to develop guidelines and mechanisms to strengthen local regulation of tourism and to ensure that they play an active and decisive role in tourism development.
     
  • TOURISM EDUCATION
    We aim to influence how tourism is taught in India by mainstreaming critical perspectives and attempt changes in tourism curriculum. We engage with students, teachers and tourism institutions by building awareness on tourism impacts, encouraging research and welcoming interns.
     
  • WOMEN AND TOURISM
    The tourism industry claims to be a major employer of women globally, but this is an industry that is far from gender just. Our work examines ways in which women can have greater access, control and ownership over livelihoods and natural resources as well as access to the benefits in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence policy makers for evolving greater gender-sensitive models and policies for tourism.
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Campaigns
Submission To Justice Verma Committee On Tourism's Role In The Exploitation Of Women 
January 30, 2013

EQUATIONS submission on tourism’s role in the exploitation of women...

 
A Robin Hood Reversal Facilitating The Powerful and Punishing The Weak 
October 30, 2012
The Department of Tourism had announced the Draft...
 
Events
Southern India Regional Conference on Engendering Tourism: Work, Opportunities & Dilemmas 
June 14, 2013
The last decade of tourism development in the national and international arena...
 
Regional Consultation on Status of Forest Governance in Nagrhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad 
December 21, 2012
Over the past 2 years, the All India Forum of Forest Movement (AIFFM) and EQUATIONS (in partnership with the Global Forest Coalition) has been...
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS
Cases of Foreigners Indulging in Crime Sees a Rise Every Year 
March 10, 2014
The number of cases where foreigners have been involved in crime have...
 
Free Wi-Fi service Launched at Chowrasta in Darjeeling 
March 06, 2014
Tourists visiting the Chowrasta, the main hub of...