Outlook South Asia Responsible Tourism Summit 2018

Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit 2018

The 2017 Summit Report can be downloaded here 

The South Asia Edition

 ‘Staying Ahead—Vision 2020’    

January 19-20, 2018

New Delhi

Come help us build a sense of community, and draw strength from it, across India—and South Asia.

In the third edition of our Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 & the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, a regional partner of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, London, our focus will be wider. Not only will we include best practices from India, but we’ll also highlight the best and the brightest examples from some of our neighbouring countries in South Asia—Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The idea, as always, is to gather knowledge and share it widely. To learn from some of the pioneers of sustainability in our region, and better our own business models. To bring real change and counter the forces of climate change and mindless mass tourism models, we ought to find common solutions to common, quintessentially South Asian problems.

  • The Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit is the only platform in India that addresses the socio-economic and environmentally sensitive issues impacting tourism for both private and public stakeholders.
  • Not only do we try to understand and overcome challenges that are India-specific, we also bring in global and now, regional voices, including some of the best-known international experts of responsible tourism, to create a roadmap for the future. We help practitioners map global trends and orient their business models accordingly—to stay relevant and responsible in an ever-changing industry.
  • Our intention is to gather first-hand knowledge on the subject of responsible tourism (challenges and possible solutions) and share it widely through traditional media and digital communication channels.
  • We are also hoping to move towards the mainstreaming of responsible tourism practices by reaching out to and engaging a wide range of travellers through our digital and social media channels throughout the year.
  • We are also trying to empower smaller tour operators and hotel/homestay owners by helping them acquire relevant skill sets.
  • We also celebrate and recognise best practices in India through our Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, chaired by Dr Harold Goodwin, one of the most respected names in the world of responsible tourism. Winners are nominated directly for the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, London.

Outline Conference Programme 

Staying Ahead: Vision 2020

January 19-20, 2018

New Delhi

Day 1

  • Pre-conference activities
  • Welcome note
  • The big four: Challenges luxury businesses in South Asia must overcome to stay relevant, stay responsible in 2020
  • A success story in sustainable luxury & the road ahead
  • Dinner


Day 2

 Keynote address

  • The Himalayas & responsible tourism: What Nepal, Bhutan, and India can do together
  • 10 minutes, 10 slides: Case studies across South Asia
  • The debate: Can corporate tourists be responsible tourists?
  • Lunch + Networking
  • Focus group discussions
  • Ask the experts: A chance to interact with some of the best minds in the business
  • The Indian Ocean & Responsible Tourism: How can tourism in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & the Maldives protect and optimise marine resources?
  • The future of heritage: From minor palaces to art deco homes, how can privately-owned built-heritage structures be safeguarded?
  • Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, 2018
  • Dinner

For further information contact  soity@outlookindia.com


Outlook Publishing India Pvt. Ltd. brings out six titles, including the flagship Outlook India that has been published weekly since 1993. It counts amongst its editors some of India’s most outstanding journalists. The group’s travel publication, Outlook Traveller has for 16-odd years championed slow, green travel in India through stories about new initiatives and inspiring travels.

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