Stories of leadership.

In episode 19 of the Impact India podcast, Jazzmine Raine chats with fellow Sustainable Travel Network co-founder, Kelsey White.

Originating from the foothills of Alberta, Kelsey was raised on the values of local living with awareness of global impact. As the head of Tour Operations at Hara World, she develops and leads multi-day tours across north India focused on sustainability and community development.

Kelsey’s background in educational leadership includes working with all ages as an experiential learning facilitator. From early childhood development through play, to guiding wilderness treks in both the Canadian Rockies and the Indian Himalayas.

Kelsey is one of four co-founders of Sustainable Travel Network, alongside Jazzmine, Himanshu Shekhar of Delhi By Cycle and Jen Fanucci of Big Picture Travel.

Sustainable Travel Network is a community of sustainable travel leaders breaking the silos of the industry and fostering collaboration across the sector. We provide tourism organizations and travellers with resources that help create a sustainable tourism industry and support sustainable development in India.

In this episode, Kelsey and Jazzmine dive into the unique challenges of the tourism industry in India and the “why” behind the STN story. They also reflect on the past year in strategizing and shifting STN’s services to keep up with the needs of sustainable travel organizations, and what to expect at the 2020 Tourism Shala in Gurgaon, India this upcoming World Tourism Day on Saturday, September 27th.

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The Sustainable Travel Network is thrilled to announce The Tourism Shala in collaboration with Impact Travel Alliance and presented by PEAK DMC India Pvt. Ltd.

The Tourism Shala is a collaborative impact event for leaders of sustainable travel in India and across Asia. The event will take place on Saturday, September 21st at The Park in New Delhi from 10am to 5pm, followed up a networking and social evening hosted by our sponsor Mango Kitchen and Bar from 7pm to 9pm. 

The goals of the event include:

  • 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

  • Create solutions and actionable steps for organizations to take by creating a white paper during the hackathon portion of the event

  • Create standards and accountability for sustainability in the industry from all participating organizations

  • Amplify the importance of economic, social and environmental sustainability in the industry 

  • Build a network to keep 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 to hold tourism organizations accountable.

Hear from incredible speakers leading real change in tourism. 

Our speaker line up includes:

  • Himanshu Shekhar, owner of Delhi by Cycle

  • Komal Darira, Business Unit Manager and Tour Leader at Urban Adventures

  • Sumantha Ghosh, owner of Vanghat Lodge

  • Mandeep Kaur, founder of Tribes for GOOD

  • Nitin Sharma and his daughter, Gauranshi, leaders of Wanderer’s Nest, SAKSHAM and Ashanari

  • And our keynote speaker, Jazzmine Raine, co-founder of Hara House, India’s first zero waste tourism organization and hotel chain

Thank you to our partners and sponsors PEAK DMC India Pvt. Ltd, Impact Travel Alliance, Hara House, Big Picture Travel, Delhi by Cycle, and Mango Kitchen and Bar for making this event possible.

Click here for full itinerary details and tickets.

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