“Stalwarts of the Tourism & Diplomatic fraternity gather to pledge for Sustainable Tourism”
‘Maharashtra has it all. Beaches, hills, forests and wilderness, we welcome tourists to our state to enjoy our natural tourism destinations . It is now up to us to improve civic sense and keep our natural heritage clean. Enjoy your travel but respect the environment, we must understand that Sustainable Tourism leads to sustainable development, we are proud of our western ghats, beaches, wildlife parks and eco friendly destinations like Matheran for example. ‘Said Vijay Waghmare MD of the Maharashtra Tourism Development board while speaking to this huge audience at the World Tourism Conclave held on September 26th in Mumbai.
Tanya Satish is a young entrepreneur who has traveled and researched on anthropology and climate change around many remote corners of the earth, She is the CEO of Creed Entertainment in Powai Mumbai. As a young entrepreneur, she has come a long way from being awarded at the United Nations for Youth Leadership to putting her studies into action. Igniting more young adults to travel with responsibility voiced Tanya Satish also the CEO of the World Tourism Day Conclave in Mumbai. “Our natural wilderness and open spaces are often taken for granted just because they exist through nature and not carved out or constructed. These ecological areas are our natural heritage sites which are living trees, corals and wildlife, they too tell us a story and keep biological biodiversity record of certain species and evolution which for us Young people is Sustainable natural inheritance. Leave it intact for us Young people. We do not need your leftovers.”
The stalwarts of the tourism fraternity,Climate Reality, UNWTO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Maharashtra Tourism and Consul Generals from many parts of the globe celebrated World Tourism Conclave and Awards organized by Creed Entertainment and Young Environmentalists in association with Climate Reality Project India, focusing on Sustainable Tourism with great success.
The conclave called for a greater fight against climate change in the tourism industry, enforcement of sustainable tourism norms and also awarded successful organizations in the sustainable industry. Said Elsie Gabriel Founder Young Environmentalists Programme and Mentor of Climate Reality Project , ‘We request MTDC to take the Powai Lake under its tourism scheme to save it. We must clean up our own backyards, lanes and locality to really be involved in Sustainable Tourism . We also need to make the module on Sustainable Tourism compulsory in all travel and hospitality courses. This year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development’, celebrated with 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The conclave explored the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Successful examples of sustainable tourism were outlined by countries like Maldives, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, Latin America, Rwanda, as well as implementation of sustainable tourism were outlined by eco villages, sustainable real estate, sustainable construction, sustainable home stays, sustainable transportation and sustainable wildlife viewing. Some of the awardees were Jay Bhatia of TAAI, Celebrity chef Maria Gorretti, Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Entertainment, Jayesh Jain of Ambika Cycles and Firefox, Prathmesh Samanth of Maachli homestay, Krunal Jurian of Jays Bamboo, Amit Wadhwani of Sai Real Estate Consultant, Her Excellency Rosimar of the Brazilian consulate, Hanelli Slabber of the South African Tourism board, His, Excellency Shalin Tandon Consul General of Maldives, Cristina Chiliago of the Ecuador Consul, Monica Casares from the Spanish Tourism, Pandurang Taware of the Agro Tourism, Gaurang Das of the Eco Village, Atul Parekh of Latin Aventuras, Kareena Gianani from the National Geographic Traveller India, Zila Khan Ambassador for Incredible India, Rwanda Renaissance, Carnival Cinemas and Swati Wadhwani Mrs World promoting Sustainable Tourism. Over 300 Tourism and Travel enthusiasts pledged to contribute locally and travel with a purpose to promote sustainable development.