Created as a responsible tour operator in 2013, Kabani Community Tourism & Services is now extending its activities.
Thanks to the experience acquired over the years, Kabani is now operational as a consultancy firm for companies willing to develop their operations in the fields of responsible tourism, tourism package development …
Following its vision of empowering local communities and developing the markets for their products, Kabani also support small businesses by providing them trainings and finance help.
Kabani Community Tourism & Services is now developing its fair trade branch, which will include in the near future tea and coffee from responsible plantation, directed towards export market.
Responsible tour Operator
Why to travel with us ?
Community tourism is our main activity, and it will bring you at the heart of an authentic India :
We offer to our guest the opportunity to discover the Indian culture from a unique and fully-immersed perspective. You will meet local organisations and people and become a true international by doing so. Our people and their programs are set amongst green hills, banks of unique backwaters, serene beaches, delightful climate, and you will experience diverse cultures and life styles. At Kabani, we invite you to discover why villagers are proud of their land and culture and are willing to share it with you. This mutual interaction between you and your host is the start of a journey to the past – to rediscover and respect our environment and heritage.
India is a country full of surprise, national treasures and unspoiled places. Unfortunately this beautiful country is threatened by side-effects of mass tourism, such as the exploitation of local communities and local resources. Especially in Kerala, a state with little industrialisation, tourism is often the only employment opportunity. Home stays and medium enterprises are all self-employed and we are dedicated to pay them fair prices. It increases their standard of living and provides education to their families. As tourism is a cyclical industry we strongly encourage them to keep their previous job to ensure a sustainable source of income (considering tourism as an additional income).
We advocate a tourism which is ecologically friendly and thus we encourage our partners to be involved in programs to preserve and enhance the nature. You will live a deep immersion in the heart of the nature. We are promoting local and environment friendly transportation and do not advertise tours that could damage the environment.
Consultancy & Trainings
World travel and tourism has expanded considerably over the years and continues to deposit its seen and unseen effects on to the environment and the people it visits. It is now critical that the negative impact of the industry be avoided and that ways are found to manage and evolve systems and practices that sustain long-term social, environmental and economic competitiveness.
In this context Kabani offers consultancy and training services to host communities and local communities in general, service providers, tourism entrepreneurs and general public. These programmes are aimed to generate awareness on various aspects of tourism and to help to change the existing tourism practices in to more sustainable.
KABANI can help small businesses, tourism service providers and entrepreneurs to meet these challenges and improve customer satisfaction, efficiency in their operations and adaptation to sustainable practices.
KABANI’s experience in responsible tourism for the last one decade, community tourism, programme development, sustainable development and training in tourism and related areas is now offered as consultancy services.
Listed below are the consultancy services we offer:
Conceptual development Project conceptualisation for tourism projects, Sustainable Tourism, Package development in tourism, Research, Assessment and Analysis, marketing plans, Planning and Strategic development, Visitor Management Plans for destinations, Development of Community Tourism Programmes
In addition to consultancy services, we also offer training services in tourism. We have many years experience in community tourism. All these experiences now evolved as training modules and we provide training services to various service providers, training courses to companies and NGOs on various subjects related to tourism and development. These training courses have been designed to prepare our communities to face the challenges they will have to deal with tourism and providing hospitality to European and regional and domestic travellers.
Communication Skills and Intercultural Sensitivity
Tourist behaviour (wants / needs and problems)
Water, waste management and energy efficiency
Project awareness (community tourism as a concept, project’s vision, aims and benefit)
Taxi and other drivers (safety and comfort in driving)
Hospitality and hygiene
Legal requirement of tourism projects
Human rights in tourism for various value chains
If you are interested in any of these services or have any enquiries, please contact us at: [email protected]
Support Small Businesses
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.