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PRESS RELEASE - Make in India Child Labour and Tourism 
June 12, 2015
In the 2015-16 budget, only 0.41 per cent of GDP is earmarked for...
 
Economic Impacts of Tourism 
June 06, 2015
 "Hastakshep" Weekly supplement of Rashtriya Sahara, a...
 
PRESS RELEASE - Flights of Fancy: The Ground Truths of Seaplanes in Tourism 
June 04, 2015
Environmental pollution and degradation is a global concern of prime importance...
 
“Tourism is NOT just a holiday” Indian NGOs blast “flawed” Draft Tourism Master Plan 2015 
May 12, 2015
Media Release by the Bengaluru-based NGO Equations...
 
Civil Society Groups Call for Child Safety at Tourism Spot 
May 09, 2015
A section of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Madhya Pradesh...
 
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
Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the draft National Tourism Policy, 2015 
May 10, 2015
In the introductory chapter of the draft National Tourism Policy (NTP), 2015 the Ministry of Tourism...
 
Make Tourism Work for Women: A way to Engage with Women's Safety in Tourism 
September 11, 2014
Recent statement made by the Union Finance Minister Mr. Jaitely about the incident of Delhi gang rape...
 
Events
HIDDEN VOICES AND HIDDEN REALITIES 
May 14, 2015
There is significant lack of understanding of transgender people as...
 
In the Heart of incredible India 
May 07, 2015
Madhya Pradesh is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the country known for a...
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS
Assam Tourism to Develop Niche Tourism Products on PPP Mode 
April 27, 2015
Assam Tourism is planning development of niche tourism products with the support of private investors in the state...
 
Nepal Earthquake 2015: Aftershocks Devastate Nepal’s Tourism Industry,Everest, Unesco Sites 
April 26, 2015
Finding the millions of dollars needed to rebuild and help survivors recover from Saturday’s earthquake...