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Global issue 12

Global InsightSustainable Tourism India’s rich variety needs dynamic management In spite of India’s growing population pressure, pioneering resort and hotel owners are determined to provide eco- sensitive facilities that do not impact on tribal people or the precious wildlife. Others are taking on the challenge of putting conservation at the heart of the country’s tourist industry Aline Dobbie G the traveller’s point of view, it might as well be a whole night stops atdak (post offi ce) bungalows that owed their origins to thecolonial administrators who had to make long tours around this greatempire and needed somewhere safe to rest.rowing up in India imbued me with a sense of the great di-versity and antiquity of this wonderful subcontinent. From continent because of the choice of terrain, heritage, culture, lan- For decades, Delhi’s international airport was totally under- guage, wildlife, music and art, not to mention the ancient science, whelming, but since 2010, the newly built Indira Gandhi Airport at maths, early engineering, organic medicine and great religions that Terminal 3 and the domestic airport are excellent and comparable have originated there. to other new airports in the world; India’s other big cities have also In the last 15 years, India’s tourism has progressed signifi cantly with followed suit. Personally, I love arriving at a place like Jodhpur the rapid increase of its infrastructure modernisation and the move to where the airport is excellent but ‘dinky’, and although there is build luxury and comfort hotels. Domestic air travel took off with the lively civilian traffi c, it also stands as a bastion of the Indian Air advent of low-cost airlines, and today Indian cities and towns are eas- Force to protect the nation’s borders. Swooping in as the sun sets ily reached. When I was a child, a journey could take days, with over- and looking down on the city with its great sand-coloured palace of 16 lwww.global-briefing.org fourth quarter 2012global


Global issue 12
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