Typical to its nature, the monsoon season has always been viewed as a dampener especially related to businesses. It is that time of the year when sales and offers are dished out aggressively to bring in the moolah. It seems like a fair deal as the giver and the taker seem to benefit when it rains offers. Our cover story this issue puts into focus what strategies the hospitality industry is using to try and make hay even when the sun is not shining. This issue also features our introductory series called Hospitality Insight. The maiden topic is on the Tableware industry, providing our readers a quick look into what’s on the table for the industry. Take your pick, as today’s restaurants are also about being cool, classy and contemporary in décor, ambiance and style. The industry is slowly and steadily welcoming change across categories when it comes to inventory development and product development, which is very encouraging. However, the need of the hour is to develop and expand one’s footprint with a responsible and sustainable approach.
When tragedy strikes, especially natural disasters, many ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ come to the fore along with opinions and debates galore. It’s an endless blame game without a solution. The catastrophe in Uttarakhand has once again warned us and hopefully taught us the lessons of responsible development – keeping pace with the place and not abusing it with criminal concretisation and industrialisation. Some places have a fragile disposition and an eco-system that should not be tampered with. Such places perform best when development is undertaken in a steady, sensible and sustainable way. Rapid and mindless expansions, short term policies and unwanted deforestation will only bring harm and the only way to bring harmony is through responsible actions.
For over a decade, responsible and sustainable tourism has been a priority topic at global conferences. The few torch bearers of this very serious issue have mentioned time and again how vital it is to activate responsible tourism plans into real-time workable action plans. It is crucial for the local communities to take responsibility on improving their towns and villages. It is about grassroot mobilisation and taking action against any unhealthy development in the region that can lead to future devastation. Safe, sustainable and responsible tourism is the only answer and solution for long term development. We need to be our very own tourism police and act with discipline and concern. A careless and commercial approach toward tourism can only lead to disaster and we will have only ourselves to blame, and not nature, for what unfolds.