VillageHomeStays™ is an initiative of AWSAR (Association for Welfare Social Action and Research India), working to bridge the gap between urban and rural India. India has been acknowledged for its villages and rural lifestyle.

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VillageHomeStays making your travel sustainable and environment friendly

By Manchit

Sustainable tourism refers to the sagacious management of resources in such a way that the needs of society are fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, ecological processes and life support systems. We must understand that with industrialisation and development comes great responsibility thus it is our duty to live sustainably.

When tourism becomes unsustainable, it puts pressure on natural resources and encourages over-consumption becoming particularly damaging in areas where resources like food and water are already scarce. It impacts wildlife, vegetation, air quality, water supply and natural phenomena. Mostly the tourism industries in countries are owned by big foreign companies. They make the major profits, leaving local businesses with much lesser payback.

When huge numbers of people visit, they invariably burden the transportation system and contribute to pollution, locally and globally. Thus, sustainable mobility has to be adopted which is the acceptable level of social cost associated with the movement of goods and people. Now it is mandatory for sustainable practices to also maintain high level of tourist satisfaction while creating a sense of awareness among tourists regarding sustainability and sustainable tourism. One should try investing in small local run businesses, by choosing to live in village home stays or in locally run hotels instead of staying in larger, foreign run hotels. A part of sustainable tourism is supporting the local economy while fostering an environment of growth with stable income opportunities, maintenance of essential ecological processes that conserve the natural heritage and biodiversity, and respecting the cultural heritage, customs and rituals of the host communities. Such practices leave a positive impact on a country as it benefits both the environment and their local economy.

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