2 May 2011 For a number of developing economies, tourism is an extremely important avenue for income generation thus accelerating economic and social development by generating employment, foreign exchange and supporting the country’s economy.
In the last few decades, tourism has developed in India at a very fast pace. With the country’s population also rising at alarming rates, resources are being stretched to cater to everyone. This is where the concept of Sustainable tourism comes in.
Sustainable Tourism fundamentally rests on the idea that travel ought to be sensitive to the environment and maintain the ecology in the long run. It promotes the conservation of local culture and aims at working with the local people with the effect that tourism benefits them and their villages directly.
A great way of making sustainable tourism a reality is by encouraging options like homestays, village stays, farm stays etc. This ensures that your accommodation money goes to the host family directly thus utilizing existing and available resources instead of sourcing new ones; read: building new infrastructure to accommodate tourists jeopardizing the environment as well as the indigenous culture of the region.
We, at namastay are working towards doing just that!
This travel model has some great advantages. The traveler gets an opportunity to interact with local people, get an insight into their lives and their culture. Moreover, your hosts are also the best source of information about the history of the region, village or town. Staying with your hosts is also the best way to taste local cuisine.
Experience the joys of seeing India… the namastay way!