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Equations Submission To 'State Policy For Transgender in Karnataka, 2014 
March 31, 2016
In April 2014, Supreme Court recognized transgender as the third gender...
 
New Tourism Policy Will Harm Local Communities and Environment, Say Activists 
March 25, 2016
As many as 51 civil society organisations working across a range of fields linked to...
 
Draft National Tourism Policy, 2015: A Mockery of Democracy 
March 09, 2016
Tourism is not just a holiday, it changes the entire social, cultural and economic nature of...
 
EQUATIONS submission to the Right of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015 
January 20, 2016
The legislation is modelled on the private members’ Transgender bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP...
 
A Tale of Trans-ition 
November 23, 2015
Suma M recoils with fear as she reminisces the horrors of her past...
 
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
AVIATION, TOURISM & CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: A GLOBAL EMERGENCY 
December 07, 2015
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which celebrates International Aviation Day on...
 
THE BITTER IRONY OF “1 BILLION TOURISTS – 1 BILLION OPPORTUNITIES” 
September 27, 2015
This year’s World Tourism Day theme ‘1 Billion Tourists – 1 Billion Opportunities’ sounds like...
 
Events
Public Lecture on Are “Non-Performing Assets” Of The Rich And Powerful Financial Frauds Disguised? A Case for Enhancing Banking Transpa 
May 13, 2016
The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the banking sector has...
 
HIDDEN VOICES AND HIDDEN REALITIES 
May 14, 2015
There is significant lack of understanding of transgender people as...
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS
Tourism & Hotel Industry Feels Neglected in the Budget 2016-17 
February 29, 2016
The tourism and hospitality industry in the country felt gross...
 
Industry Reacts to Rail Budget 2016-17 
February 25, 2016
It is a very good initiative by the Rail Minister to propose development of...