Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is a major source of income for many countries. Being a people-oriented industry tourism also provides many jobs which have helped revive local economies. Sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that respects both local people and the traveller, cultural heritage and the environment. The World Tourism Conclave & Awards & Young Environmentalists Programme Trust organised an interactivesession on Sustainable Tourism and the benefits and problems of Ecotourism in Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu on 26th Oct. The main aim of the session was to ignite participants to appreciate the benefits and problems arising from various forms tourism, especially in terms of social equity and environment; to awaken a critical awareness of the ways in which tourism can enhance the welfare of people and protect our natural and cultural heritage and promote personal commitment to forms of sustainable tourism that maximise rather than detract from sustainable human development and environmental quality.
Eminent speakers from all over the globe were present and promoted their country as tourist destination. The vibrant students of Msc Tourism studies of D Y Patil School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies were very enthusiastic and also got an understanding of community sustainable tourism, hospitality, travel concepts,etc. It was very unique kind of exposure for them. The students shared mutual feelings of getting an insight into the investigation of the global realities that make sustainable development an imperative for the future.
'Education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.' - Albert Einstein