KABANI is facilitating a network of Micro and Small enterprises in tourism in India where we work with small business and enterprises to develop sustainable tourism opportunities heeling local economies while minimising negative environmental, socio-cultural, and economic impacts. We encourage our guests to stay in small resorts, cottages and locally owned guest houses rather than large hotels and accommodation facilities. The accommodations we offer are part of our network that follows a set of standards which ensure sound environmental and social practices.
This program aims at improving current tourism practices to create a better tourism and to facilitate fair market access to small and marginalised players. In general, the micro and small enterprises constitutes a very crucial share of the current tourism sector. A meaningful and innovative involvement in this sector is very essential for achieving sustainable tourism.
This network supports small players in tourism who suffer because of poor infrastructure, lack of adequate and updated knowledge and market linkages. All these weaknesses along with other factors often contribute to an unhealthy competition which makes current system more irresponsible and unsustainable in nature. KABANI helps these micro enterprises to be cost effective, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and encourage them to be a part of a continuous improvement process in their business.
KABANI is working with small entities that have a genuine commitment to improve their practices to more be ethical and responsible. We share information, expertise, ideas, best practices, and innovation to our partners in a very non competitive atmosphere. We also provide research, development and training which facilitate enhancement of existing capacities to bring more responsible tourism practices with a larger goal of sustainability.
How we monitor the progress
There is so much propaganda floating around on “responsible tourism”, “eco-tourism”, “sustainable tourism”, etc. Where it becomes is very difficult for most people to know what is real and what is not! . A transparent and participatory reporting mechanism is being developed with the representatives of these enterprises together with KABANI which will monitor the practices and progress of the facilities that our guest can trust and rely upon.