The first Indian Responsible Tourism Summit and Awards by Outlook Traveller and the World Responsible Tourism Awards were held in New Delhi on January 19, 2017. The day-log summit featured talks by author Amitav Ghosh, Dr Venu Vasudevan of Kerala Tourism, Dr Harold Goodwin, Director of the International Responsible Tourism Centre, Ananya Dasgupta of EQUATIONS, Garry Wilson of TUI Group and others. The award ceremony was held at the end of the summit.
The Aqua Terra Alternative Lifestyle Initiative or ATALI Ganga, near Rishikesh, combines smart accommodation with safe adventure. A viable model built in an overstretched, touristy area, it sources locally, minimises water consumption, carefully manages waste, contributes to local schools and provides pre-arrival guidelines for guests to avoid any embarrassment. Built using local stones, Atali leads by example, and its impact on the surrounding ecology is impressive, especially in the light of the new rafting and camping policies in the state.