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Union Tourism Ministry launched comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria

Aug 28, 2014 13:15 IST

The Union Minister for Tourism Shripad Naik on 26 August 2014 launched the comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for Accommodation, Tour Operators and Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes &Rivers Sectors.

The objective of launching such criteria was to build tourism industry in India on the principles of sustainability and minimizing the carbon footprints.

While launching the criteria, Naik urged  all the stakeholders in the Tourism Industry to adopt the STCI and do business for long-term benefits with the objectives of creating employment, generating national income, preserving our cultural & natural heritage, enhancing the status of women and underprivileged and facilitating growth of a more just and fair social order.


Union Ministry of Tourism constituted a Steering Committee with representatives from all the 14 sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry of India to formulate the Sustainable Tourism Criteria. The Committee has since finalized the Comprehensive STCI.

These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business for State Governments should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain India’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring development of tourism in India are not in conflict with the environment and have minimal negative effect.

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