Webinar #1: Is Tourism a Viable Livelihood Option?

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It's been about a month since WHO declared COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. Amidst looming uncertainty, we have started evaluating its short term as well as long term direct and ripple impacts on a wide spectrum of society, especially those who are more marginalised and vulnerable.

Tourism, which is considered to be one of the world's most labour intensive sectors, has been impacted the most. The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) has estimated that the crisis might lead to 38 million people associated with the sector losing their jobs, which is around 70% of the total estimated workforce

Tourism is one of the sectors which is always negatively impacted by disasters, but this time the vulnerable nature of tourism is exposed to a greater extent. On the one hand, the sector is vulnerable to extreme events, but at the same time unsustainable tourism development is also making vulnerable and marginalised communities more vulnerable.

This crisis gives us an opportunity to discuss and focus shift from hard selling of tourism products/services to a new paradigm. This requires a complete rethinking, redefining and rebuilding of the tourism sector. With this understanding, EQUITABLE TOURISM OPTIONS (EQUATIONS) is facilitating a series of webinars to bring the experiences of practitioners, community leaders, campaigners, policy makers, planners and innovators in the tourism sector in building resilient communities and better practices from across the country.

On 2nd May 2020, EQUATIONS organized a webinar - 'Is Tourism a Viable Livelihood Option?' - to explore community resilience and practices in the tourism sector and communities in general. It was attended by about 100 participants. The panel consisted of 3 panelists and a moderator, who have extensive and diverse experience in community centered tourism development in regions like Kerala, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The Panelists for the webinar were : Ishita Khanna, the co-founder of Ecosphere , a community tourism enterprise in the Spiti Valley of Western Himalayas Mallika Virdi,the founder Director of Himalayan Ark , a community tourism enterprise in Munsiyari. Oamjie John, the Director of Kabani Community Tourism Service and a community trainer and community organiser in Kerala.

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Bangalore, Kerala, Uttarakhand
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