Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan was recently interviewed by All India Radio, Bengaluru, on the topic Sustainable Tourism, under their programme “English Talk”.
In his interview, Prof. Nathan highlighted the multiple challenges of conflicting goals that are faced by the tourism sector. He said that, on one hand, the sector needs to provide a pleasing experience to tourists and on the other hand, it needs to protect the ecologically fragile environment. He noted that while the sector must thrive economically, it must be socially responsible in sharing the economic benefits with the local population in a reasonable way. Sustainable tourism, he argued, should not only be seen as an outcome but also as a process that considers the all major stakeholders of tourism – the tourists, the local population, and those who provide tourism services – in decision making.
You can listen to the full interview here.
Prof. Nathan is involved in a study with a social enterprise called Smarter Dharma in understanding the unsustainability risks of hotels and tourist spots in the state of Karnataka. The study supported by Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, aims to develop a framework and indicators for assessing sustainability of hospitality sector.
Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan works in the area of Social Sciences at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA).
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