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1)  Guidelines, Criteria and Codes of Conduct

a) Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI)


The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, launched this set of criteria and indicators in April 2013. The Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) are the guiding principles and minimum requirements for sustainably operating accommodation providers and tour operators. Adapted to Indian circumstances, STCI are based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and best practices around the world.

Download/View: Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India.pdf

b) Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism

India’s Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism was developed by the Ministry of Tourism in association with PATA India Chapter, Save the Children - India, United Nations Office on Drugs & Crimes (UNODC) and Equitable Tourism Option (EQUATIONS). The code aims at safeguarding and protecting the dignity, safety and the right to freedom from exploitation of all tourists and local residents involved in or impacted by tourism.

Tourism stakeholders can commit to this aim by signing the Pledge for Commitment towards Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism.


Download/View: Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism.pdf
Pledge for Commitment towards Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism.pdf

2) Legal Framework and Ecotourism Policies

a) Report of the Working Group on Tourism – 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017)

Download/View: Report of the Working Group on Tourism_12th Five Year Plan.pdf

b) State Policies

Tourism policy and planning at a national and state level provides a framework for responsible tourism development and management. Strategic planning for tourism at a destination level must align and integrate with national and state policy and plans as well as local planning frameworks.

Various Indian states have developed their own ecotourism policies or have highlighted the need for sustainable tourism practices in the tourism policies. Click on the links below for download/view:

Kerala (2012) Kerala Tourism Policy.pdf
Meghalaya (2011) The Tourism Policy of Meghalaya.pdf
Odisha (2013) Odisha Forest Sector_Ecotourism Policy.pdf
Punjab (2009) Ecotourism Policy of Punjab.pdf
Rajasthan (2010) Rajhastan Ecotourism Policy.pdf
Sikkim (2011) Sikkim Ecotourism Policy.pdf




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