Tsunami and Displacement - Take action
Until an internationally recognised and sufficiently robust kitemark system for fair trade tourism products has been established, the best advice for tourists concerned about issues of displacement in tsunami-struck areas is to ask questions. Request a copy of your tour operator’s or hotel’s responsible tourism policy. Does this stand up to scrutiny whilst you are there? If not, contact them with your concerns. Enquire about the land that the hotel was built upon, and whether the business is involved with the community in any way. Even if all questions cannot be answered, simply by asking them you will make a hotel or tour operator think about these important issues, whilst signifying that they matter to you as a paying customer.
You can also help ensure that local people benefit more from your holiday by opting for locally run hotels, guesthouses and restaurants, instead of big internationally-owned hotels and resorts. Consider travelling independently instead of using a tour operator. Tourism Concern’s Ethical Travel Guide lists over 300 responsible tourism initiatives from all over the world, many of which are community run.
Tourism Concern will continue to work with our partners in India and Sri Lanka to monitor and document tourism developments affecting tsunami-affected communities, highlighting particular cases of bad practice by hotels and developers that we find.
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Lobby the Chief Minister for Kerela
Please send an email to the Chief Minister for Kerala and the Minister for Tourism expressing your concern over the diversion of tsunami rehabilitation funds for the development of tourism, at the expense of coastal communities still struggling to recover from this unprecedented natural disaster.
Simply copy the text below into a blank email and send to the following:
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