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Guide maps being explained to blind travellers (Credit: The Independent)

One travel company is breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for everyone to explore India

Imagine travelling 2,000km across the country to see a temple you’ve dreamt of visiting, only to discover your family can’t get in. There is no wheelchair access – so your visually impaired father has to carry your wheelchair-bound mother up and down several dozen steps in order to pay homage.

It happened to Neha Arora as a child. Barring the odd school picnic or the visit to grandparents, she has no fond travel memories. It is not that her parents did not like to travel. It is just that, with their special needs, they found it near impossible.

Three decades ago, India was not the friendliest place for travellers with accessibility needs. In 2017, it still isn’t.

Read the full article on why Arora created Planet Abled here.

By Charukesi Ramadurai for The Independent.

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India’s Edible Cutlery

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It is this unending greed that is causing grief to all…. The groundwater levels are falling very rapidly Very soon, it will become unviable to lift any more of it. Its quality also has deteriorated and in several regions, it is no longer fit for drinking. The plastic invasion is continuing to bother us. The global warming is heating up the earth. Income from rural livelihood is diminishing, causing exodus of rural population to urban areas. This is causing pressures on urban resources. There are no places to live, no roads to drive safely and not too many jobs.

You can add to the list and it can go on and on…

But what is the point? Is it not time for us to start resolving the problems rather than ruing the problems? This is precisely why we invented the Edible Cutlery. By Mera Bharat Mahan. Read more.

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October 16 2015 – A new initiative has been launched in the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, which aims to ensure the city lives by the mantra of how responsible tourism should work in destinations: Better places to live, Better places to visit. Jeremy Smith Read more.

This fact sheet focuses on how tourism operators can reduce water consumption in facilities common to many tourism operations such as cooling towers, swimming pools, and garden landscaping.    Also includes case studies of Novotel Sydney, Darling Harbour, Australia;  and The Taj Residency, Bangalore, India.

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This fact sheet focuses on how tourism operators can reduce water consumption in facilities common to many operations such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.    Also includes case studies of Melia Bali, Nusa Dua, Indonesia; The Alto Hotel, Melbourne, Australia; and The Taj Residency, Bangalore, India.

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This factsheet aims to provide some guidance on how to adequately assess and compare potential products to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business.    Includes case studies of Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC), Australia; The Langham Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand; El Gouna Movenpick, El Gouna, Egypt; AND The Taj Residency, Bangalore, India.

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The use of air conditioners varies significantly within the tourism sector and depends greatly on climate and, for some sectors such as hotels, air conditioning can contribute up to 50% of their overall energy use. Here. EarthCheck outlines different air conditioning systems and ways to enhance their energy efficiency.      Also includes three case studies: The Alto Hotel, Melbourne, Australia; The Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa in St Lucia, West Indies; and The Taj Residency Hotel, Bangalore, India.

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In this research paper, author Elena Delise looks at tourist activity as sustainable regional development instrument by shining the spotlight on Kerala in India. Elena says: “The question to resolve is how to develop tourism in a sustainable way as a tool of regional sustainable development, while respecting local conditions, communities and environment.    In this paper I will try to answer this question, considering first the relationship between tourism and environment, in order to understand better the importance of the concept of Sustainable Tourism. After that I will study how to implement a strategy of Sustainable Tourism in a local area, analysing at the end a study case of success of Sustainable Tourism.”

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