The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ecotourism Society of India (ESoI) to take its commitments to Responsible and Sustainable tourism to the next level. In accordance, Shri Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, MoT and Steve Borgia, Honorary President, Ecotourism Society of India signed the MOU in the presence of Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary and Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism and the Ecotourism Society of India started the process a couple of years ago when they formulated and published the STCI (Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India) and carried it to the grass root level through series of advocacy workshops.
Through this MOU, it is expected that sustainable tourism and Responsible Tourism will take the forefront and achieve the commitments of the Ministry’s action plan. The Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) was established in 2008 at the behest of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) as a non-profit organisation to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in the tourism industry across the country. This national body was formed by a group of eminent professionals from the tourism industry, Government, Parliament and environmentalists and conservationists.