Sustainable tourism development: A key to social peace
Dr. Vijay Sharma
The very intentions of the Indian government to tap & care tourism sector is not very recent rather initiated almost in the mid of the last century and is still continuing with an objective to make India a world known destination. Going through the various social impacts of tourism, we today have a firm understanding that caring for tourism leads to a peaceful and growing harmonious community. The target of increasing the inflow of the tourists has now been coupled with the required and desired concept of sustainable tourism. We are hearing the words ‘sustainable development’ and ‘sustainable tourism development’ every now and then. But a common man here is still wondering on what does the terms exactly mean? A general perception of the term sustainability is taken as meeting the needs of the existing generation but without compromising the ability of coming generations to meet their needs. The truth is that the guidelines and management practices of sustainable tourism development are applicable to various forms of tourism in all types of destinations like mass tourism, adventure tourism, cultural tourism and rural tourism etc to mention a few. The objective of sustainable tourism is to implement all areas of sustainable development, may it be environment issues, economical issues or social issues in tourism wherein the aim is to set a suitable balance between these three dimensions to guarantee its long-term sustainability leading to peace in the masses. The paper here explains the significance of an appropriate approach for sustainable tourism development so that we are able to compete at the world level in tourism sector and project a real image of harmonious community with higher level of understanding.