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The Tourism Shala

An impact travel event by Sustainable Travel Network (STN), in collaboration with Impact Travel Alliance (ITA). 

Join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019, for our first event in Delhi focused on increasing sustainability in the travel industry in India.

The goals of the event include:

  1. Break the silos between travel organizations in India and unify the industry (focusing on collaboration across the sector) by bringing together various sized travel organizations
  2. Create solutions and actionable steps for organizations to take by creating a white paper during the hackathon portion of the event
  3. Create standards and accountability for sustainability in the industry from all participating organizations
  4. Amplify the importance of economic, social and environmental sustainability in the industry
  5. Build a network to keep all tourism dollars inside India

This event is YOUR opportunity to make travel what you want it to be. Through engaging presentations, discussions and an industry hackathon, we will develop actions that can be taken to increase sustainability in travel and hold organizations accountable.

Itinerary Overview

Saturday, September 21

9:30am to 10:00am - Registration, snacks and coffee

10:00am to 10:30am - Keynote - The Future of Travel

10:30am to 11:00am - Speaker Session - Sustainable Travel and Spirituality

11:00am to 11:30am - Speaker Session - Creating Local Impact and Empowering Young Minds

11:30am to 12:00pm -  Chai and coffee break

12:00pm to 12:30pm - Speaker Session - The Importance of a Low Carbon Foot Print in Wildlife Safaris & Lodges

12:30pm to 1:00pm - Speaker Session - Social Impact Journeys

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm to 2:30pm - Speaker Session - Gender in Tourism

2:30pm - 5:00pm - Sustainable Travel Challenges Hackathon with chai and coffee break

5:00pm - 5:30pm - Closing session - Leading the Way for our Next Generation

7:00pm - 9:00pm - Networking and drinks at Mango Kitchen and Bar

Your Speakers


Keynote: The Future of Travel

Jazzmine Raine

Co-founder of Hara House, Co-founder of Sustainable Travel Network & Lead Coordinator of Impact Travel Alliance Delhi Chapter

What could the future of travel look like if we all played our part in sustainable development? Our keynote, Jazzmine Raine will take us on a futuristic adventure learning the impacts of our actions today on the tourism industry of tomorrow.

Jazzmine is a social entrepreneur and content creator with a passion for responsible travel, conscious consumption, ethical fashion and social good. She was named 1 of 35 social entrepreneurs to watch for in 2019 by Causeartist.

Jazzmine is the co-founder of North India's first zero waste guesthouse and tourism organization, Hara House. The social enterprise uses 20% of profits to empower youth through social justice and environmental action education.

Hara House has received international funding and recognition, and was nominated for the Social Impact Award at the inaugural Bessie Awards hosted by the Women in Travel Summit in 2019.

Implementing spiritual values into how you travel can help make travel more sustainable. First, you need to ask yourself a few questions before stepping into your next journey.

Key takeaways:

1. Learn about the impact of mainstream travel on individuals, locals, community, society, and culture.
2. Questions to ask yourself and travel providers before making travel plans.
3. Connecting spirituality and sustainability to travel.

Sustainable Travel and Spirituality

Himanshu Shekhar, Delhi By Cycle & Sustainable Travel Network

Himanshu started his life in travel in 2015 after three years in finance and commerce. It was his early visits to villages of Jim Corbett National Park that made him fall in love with nature, exploration, stories, tourism and connecting with communities. Soon this passion took him to Mysore to learn more. In Feb 2016, he cycled 3300km back to North India to observe and understand his country, people and culture better. Now he heads the first city cycle tour team in India, Delhi By Cycle.
Himanshu a true believer in responsible and ethical tourism. He is working towards making Delhi a cycle-friendly city through his tours and advocating for environmentally friendly modes of transportation in metropolitan cities.
Himanshu is a commerce graduate from the University of Delhi, and obtained his education and knowledge of tourism through a grassroots approach. Being a defense brat, he loves to call himself a multi-local Indian. If you don't find him in Delhi, you will find him in some village in the Himalayas doing meditation and writing poetry.

Social Impact Journeys

Mandeep Kaur, TribesforGOOD

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Our world is full of people wanting to travel and make an impact but with little direction on where to begin. We are on a mission to change that. Social Impact Journeys help individuals who are interested in the social impact space, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Key Takeaways:

1. Discover 'you' as a changemaker
2. Plan/create learning journeys
3. How to travel and giveback, the ethical approach to voluntourism

Mandeep is the Founder of TribesforGOOD and believes that patriachary is holding us (Indians) back. With more than a decade of experience working with social impact organisations, she founded TribesforGOOD with mission to inspire a generation who wants to support and work with social impact businesses.

Leading the Way for our Next Generation

Nitin and Gauranshi Sharma, Wanderer's Nest, Ashanari and Saksham

How small steps while travelling in India can help to support sustainable tourism and empower youth to build their legacy.

Key takeaways:
1. Creating impact through social entrepreneurship
2. Fostering collaboration across the sector
3. Why the future of sustainable development is in the hands of our youth


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Nitin Sharma is a social entrepreneur. He is the founder and owner of Wanderer's Nest, an eco-hostel in Jaipur, an ethical clothing brand empowering female workers called Ashanari, and SAKSHAM, a nonprofit centre for child education & women empowerment.

Nitin will be joined by his daughter, Gauranshi, the youngest tour guide in Jaipiur and teacher at SAKSHAM.

Creating local impact and empowering young minds

Komal Darira, Urban Adventures

Learn how to create better opportunities for students and youth, sustain the history and culture of India, and shift the narrative of tour guiding by following a sustainable and responsible approach that creates local impact.

Key takeaways:

1. Sustainable and responsible approach to travel and leading tours
2. Empowering young minds
3. Impacting the lives of local communities

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Komal Darira became the first female guide at Urban Adventures in Delhi when she was 19. 6 years later, she proudly leads teams in Delhi and Kochi as Business Unit Manager.

Komal's work at Urban Adventures has been featured in National Geographic, Teen Vogue and Femina magazines. Her Gandhi's Delhi tour was featured in the Hindustan times Newspaper and also in Bangkok Post.

The Importance of a Low Carbon Foot Print in Wildlife Safaris & Lodges

Sumantha Ghosh, Vanghat Lodge

Low Carbon FootPrint within India's National Parks and Wildlife Preserves is paramount to protecting and revitalizing India's natural wonders as well as its flora and fauna.

Key takeaways:

  1. The importance of incorporating non-motorized safaris into the wildlife tourism sector.
  2. How to run a true eco-lodge and what that means to the environment as well as the tourism sector.
  3. How to enjoy India's wildlife and natural areas as a responsible traveler.
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Sumantha Ghosh has recently been shortlisted as a nominee for the Green Hero Award by NDTV for his conservation efforts in Uttarakhand.  He started his career at Tiger Tops in the Corbett Area and has since been here for nearly 15 years, in that time he has gained a reputation as one of the finest naturalist of the area.  He was part of the Forest Departments on going project of containing the Lantana Weed that grows so readily here. For 5 years he was a vital personnel in both the Tiger Census and Elephant Census of the park.  He works closely with the Corbett Foundation, which is the largest Cattle Compensation Scheme in the World. He was led a team which tracked down a wounded Tigress in Corbett NP and received a letter of appreciation from the Director of the Park.

He has taken classes in Herpetology at the Calcutta Snake Park, the finest Snake Park in India.  He has worked closely with members of the RSPB, World Pheasant Association (UK), Animal Foundation (USA), Fish and Wildlife Department (USA) amongst many others.  

His main passion is Vanghat Lodge and Mahseer Conservation.  Working closely with Mr Rajeev Bhartari and the Corbett Forest Officials he has made Mahseer Conservation one of the success stories of Northern India, with the Ramganga once again stocked with this most impressive fish.

Gender in Tourism

Anna Alaman, Founder of Open Eyes Project

Dive into the relationship between gender and tourism exploring the barriers for women to be part of the value chain of tourism services in India.

Key takeaways:

  1. Reflection of gender barriers in tourism in India
  2. Real cases to bring more opportunities for women in tourism.

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Anna Alaman discovered the concept of Social Business by "coincidence" . The idea of a company being driven by change captivated her and led to the launch of Open Eyes in 2011 combining her two passions: travel and social impact.

Anna started a MSc in Management of Responsible Tourism (ICRT/Leeds Becket University, UK) in 2014. She learned how to measure impacts that consider social and gender issues related to tourism and international development, how to develop new ways to include communities into the guest experience, and to create pro-poor and immersive travel experiences.

In 2017, Open Eyes launched "Women in Tourism", the umbrella of their handcrafted experiences created with women in India. Women in Tourism is not a simplistic initiative seeking employment parity between the sexes but a more profound transformation. It also brings feminine values and ideology to mainstream tourism in India.

Women in Tourism tackles this dilemma by creating opportunities for the role of women in a society like the Spice Girls Tour in Old Delhi or The World of Woman tour.

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