Handcrafted From Himachal: Rural Community Tourism

Words- Imtiaz Ullah (NomadLawyer)

NomadLawyer has collaborated with Tourism Scouts India and The Traveller Trails magazine in order to promote Community Based tourism and Responsible Travel. 

Recently, Anil Attri, Founder Tourism Scouts India and The Traveller Trails attended two days workshop on Eco Tourism. The seminar was organised by Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT) at Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administrstion, Shimla. 

Anil Attri spoke at length about community based tourism interventions by Tourism Scout India and The Traveller Trails magazine 

Anil Attri mainly covered- the role Tourism Scout India and The Traveller Trails magazine in shaping and promoting CBT across India. 

What is CBT? Community based tourism enables tourists to discover local habitats and wildlife, and celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community based conservation of these resources. 

Handicrafts created by the local community 

In this age of modern technology when one can research about places with the click of a button, the world has virtually shrunk to such an extent that it has become increasingly difficult to find places which are less travelled and can be termed as Offbeat destinations. Identifying offbeat places to promote CBT becomes a major challenge. Many tourist destinations across the globe have been severely affected by overtourism. The need of the hour is to promote places by keeping intact the culture of the local communities. The local community should be benifited from tourism. Tourism Scout of India and The Traveller Trails in its endeavour to promote rural tourism and community based tourism has successfully curated and lead multiple village walks for its esteemed clients including corporations, government employees, national and international tourists. 

To conclude- Tourism Scouts of India and The Traveller Trails Community-based ecotourism (CBET) addresses the well-being of the community and the surrounding environment. While supporting local communities and improving livelihoods, the natural and cultural resources of the area are protected and conserved. Ecotourism is a type of sustainable tourism in which tourists experience, appreciate and enjoy the nature and culture of their destination. The negative impacts of tourism are minimized while an incentive for conserving natural and cultural features is provided. 

Some of the renowned personalities and contributors towards community based tourism also attended the workshop. 

Anil Attri in discussion with Ankit Sood.

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