National  Body for Responsible Tourism

 

In his professional journey so far, he has rich consulting experience in the field of ecotourism having worked closely with state governments, international agencies, joint ventures and private ecotourism ventures. He was involved in crafting ecotourism policies and plans for states like Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka and also managed some of the well known ecolodges for Govt. of Karnataka owned Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. He also worked on projects related to Sustainable Tourism master planning and responsible tourism initiatives in Kerala as the Tourism Planner with GITPAC International. As a tourism expert he was part of the GITPAC team which had prepared the Feasibility study for Lake Victoria destination development in Uganda, East Africa.  His most recent assignment was as with Gujarat Tourism Opportunity Limited, a Govt. of Gujarat initiative in association with IL&FS where as the Tourism Development consultant, he  handled tourism projects related to conceptualization and development, project management, PPP projects in tourism, technical assistance in policy formulation, etc.

 

Recognized as Global Tourism Expert from India by UNEP in its Database on Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, he maintains strong interest towards tourism research, conducting capacity building and training programs in the Tourism domain. He has published articles and write-ups in journals and magazines at the national and international level and has participated in various conferences in the field of eco tourism both as Speaker as well as Panelist. He has been appointed by QualityDestination/QualityCoast, an international sustainable tourism certification agency as its India national coordinator.

 

Currently he is part of two international projects on ecotourism; as National Ecotourism Specialist with JICA assisted Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project and Team Leader and Ecotourism expert in SICOM (World Bank) project in Tamilnadu.