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TO DO! 2016: winners from India and Mexico

Award ceremony of the International Competition for Socially Responsible Tourism on 10 March 2016 at ITB Berlin
This year’s awards for the best projects entered in the TO DO! Competition for Socially Responsible Tourism go to India and Mexico. In both cases the winners were exemplary in their efforts to involve local residents in sustainable tourism practices, providing them with alternative sources of income and strengthening their understanding of their own culture and traditions. The projects also encourage visitors to take a closer look at the country and its people in order to gain a first-hand experience as a tourist and learn from a foreign culture.

The winners:
India: Kabani – the other direction and Kabani Community Tourism & Services Ltd. Kabani – the other direction is an NGO from southern India which aims to draw attention to the negative effects of tourism on both the local population and natural resources. In 2007 the NGO started up its first homestay project in cooperation with farmers from Thrikkaipetta. In order to market its programmes a commercial arm, Kabani Community Tourism & Services Ltd., was established in 2013. (www.kabanitour.com).

Mexico: The Pueblos Mancomunados in the State of Oaxaca are a group of eight small villages which have combined to promote local tourism. The Pueblos Mancomunados practice sustainable forestry and take great care to protect the environment. The revenues from tourism are intended to provide support for these remote villages which lie at altitudes of between 2,100 and 3,000 metres. Visitors can go on round hiking trips, cycle paths and paths connecting individual villages. For more information www.sierranorte.org.mx.
 

The TO DO 2016 award ceremony will take place at ITB Berlin in the Palais am Funkturm on 10 March 2016 at 3 p.m.

 

Press contact:
Claudia Mitteneder
Telephone: + 49 (0)8152 99 90 10
Email: info@studienkreis.org
 

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