The two-day Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Tourism organized by Confederation of Indian Industries kicked off at Arossim on Monday with tourism industry players from India as well as France participating in the same.
Discussing at the seminar, tourism industry players from India and France said ‘responsible tourism’ should be the main focus for both the countries as they attract sizeable number of tourists and that conservation of environment and heritage is the bottom-line of responsible tourism.
French member on external affairs committee of the national assembly’s lower chamber Rudy Salles said: “What is good for tourist is also good for the local population.” He further said that the stress is laid on reducing car traffic in the city by offering alternatives like tramways and bikes on rent.
Pointing out that there are 400,000 bikes that are on hire for tourists, Salles said the affordable public transport system is also helping to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
President of Eco tourism Society of India Mandip Singh Soin said that while on one side the eco-tourism speaks of preserving the nature and on the other side, another segment of tourism spoiling it.
That’s why the mother word is responsible tourism, he said adding that `India is on the same page with the rest of the world as far as international conventions on tourism are concerned.’
The seminar will deliberate on `Best practices in regulations, public private partnerships and eco-friendly tourism facilities between both the nations.’
CII officials informed that the event aims at addressing key issues at all levels relating to the development of sustainable tourism, finding solutions to the challenges faced by it and promoting responsible and inclusive tourism.
The sessions would focus on subjects like better governance for sustainable tourism, heritage and cultural tourism and Indo-French cooperation to promote sustainable tourism.
The seminar also hopes to create new partnerships and joint ventures that would take the Indo-French co-operation to new heights in the field of tourism.