Tourism has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India and around the world. It has proved itself instrumental in economic development of a region and as a significant employer in the service sector. However, unmonitored tourism growth can have negative impact on the destination. It is thus prudent to ensure that tourism development shall enhance or maintain the quality of environment and culture of the destination, while offering highest level of visitor satisfaction through careful planning and execution.
With Covid-19 creating an existential crisis on the tourism industry due to unprecedented global travel restrictions and severe disruptions to the global economy, a multi-dimensional and “out of box” approach is now need of the hour to strengthen the institutional capacity, engage with multiple stakeholders and establish appropriate protocols and systems for developing/reviving tourism as an industry. Our approach is based on our comprehensive understanding of the current situation and market, environment, regulatory framework, and our undeterred commitment to sustainable, inclusive and safe tourism development. IPE Global is involved in multiple assignments; supporting governments in holistic tourism development, capacity building, strategy development, management of natural & cultural heritage, improving market connectivity, environmental management of tourist places, carrying capacity based regulation of infrastructure, and institutional strengthening. In all current projects also, we are helping various states, international/national governments to revive their tourism sector and emerge out of the current crisis in a sustainable manner.
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In order to minimize the impact of urbanization and other developmental activities on National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, area adjacent to these protected areas have been declared as Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZ) and shall be regulated by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India.
The Zonal Master Plans for Eco Sensitive Zones (regulated by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change), prepared by IPE Global for Bandhavgarh National Park, Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sanjay National Park & Sanjay Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary, Son Ghariyal Wildlife Sanctuary and Bagdara Wildlife Sanctuary, aims to reduce pressure on the protected area while enhancing resilience of the people living in the ESZ through participatory conservation management. Project proposals focused on promotion of tourism, generation of livelihood opportunities, resource conservation and regeneration, man-animal conflict management, protection of biodiversity, provision of infrastructure, monitoring and sustainable co-management.
The project outputs aim to serve as a blueprint for ensuring sustainable development of the tourism industry in Bangladesh and provide a roadmap for planned development of destinations utilizing the country’s tourism resources. IPE Global is preparing the Master Plan that shall provide a clear road map for development of the tourism sector over the next 25 years, with a focus on achieving inclusive growth in Bangladesh. The project is working towards capitalizing on Bangladesh’s blue economy (> 700km coastline) and boost its marine tourism, while making the country more climate resilient.
The project included development of detailed public and private sector investment plans for three targeted destinations and market segments. IPE Global assisted the government of Sri Lanka to prioritize destinations and market segments that can provide the best return on tourism related investments; Conducted a high-level demand and supply assessment across all nine provinces and principal market segments of Sri Lanka. The team also prepared “Sustainable Tourism Development Projects,” including recommendations for reviving tourism economy of Srilanka - post COVID-19 era, giving the country a foundation for competitive, sustainable and inclusive tourism recovery roadmap for the coming decade.
The ICZM project aims at sustainable development and management of coastal resources, perpetual maintenance of high level of biodiversity, conservation of critical habitats, and reduction of vulnerabilities of coastal communities. Active community participation and stakeholder engagement at all levels, sensitization of the Project Executing Agencies (PEAs) on ICZM was one of the key mandates under this project. The project undertook scientific assessments like vulnerability and risk analysis, conceptual modelling and shoreline management plans; Proposed diverse sectoral recommendations with respect to natural resource management, environment protection, disaster management, agriculture development, fisheries management, regional development and tourism promotion. IPE Global developed the ICZM Plans for the two coastal stretches of Gopalpur to Chilika & Paradip to Dhamra with a focus on providing a clear framework for better coordination of the developmental activities along the coastal stretch through strategic actions and sustainable policies for effective management of the coastal zone.
The project aimed to promote responsible tourism including eco-tourism and community-based tourism in and around Chilika Lake and its Catchment area, the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world and the largest in Asia. It focused equally on conservation and judicious use of natural resources, in compliance with environmental/ecological laws and regulations. The master plan prepared by IPE Global aimed at enhancing the visitor experience, improving its market position, maintaining ecological balance and, developing competitive lake and island tourism products for all target groups. As part of the project, environmental and tourism zoning, infrastructure assessments, tourism performance benchmarking, tourism carrying capacity assessment for Chilika Lake and interventions to enhance Mangalajodi as an international birding destination were developed. In addition, 10 ready-to-invest projects were developed in PPP mode in various thematic tourism clusters.
The holistic plan targeted sustainable development of tourism industry and infrastructure development while proposing early-bird investment projects to enhance overall tourism scenario of the state of Uttarakhand. Range of activities performed by IPE Global under the project included baseline analysis to identify priority tourism potential zones, environmentally sensitive areas; bucket list of projects targeting private investments in hospitality and service sector; Detailing out the implementation framework for identified projects including feasibility studies, project structuring, phasing and risk assessment. Through this project, the state got an approval from 15th Finance Commission for projects funding worth INR 6000 Cr (1111 million USD) for improvement of tourist infrastructure in all priority regions in Uttarakhand and approval of NDB loan of INR 1200 Cr (222 Million USD) for tourist infrastructure and massive livelihood shifts in Tehri lake and it’s catchment area.
The project aimed to develop state tourism sub circuits into marketable cluster destinations that exhibit enhanced protection and management of key natural & cultural heritage tourism sites with improved market connectivity and tourist support infrastructure. IPE Global conducted Environmental Zoning and sensitivity analysis for the entire state including Carrying Capacity assessment for one cluster as a development model. The tasks included formulation of regional thematic development guidelines, environmental monitoring plans and programs and also assistance to the state government in formulation of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Policy 2019, now notified by the state government.
IDIPT Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism envisaged environmentally, culturally sustainable and, socially inclusive tourism development in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. IPE Global assisted the state government to achieve its target of strengthening the tourism sector in the State through various sub-projects that enhance protection and management of key natural and cultural heritage tourism sites, improve market connectivity and provide tourist support infrastructure while promoting community-based tourism through skill development and capacity building.
SATIDP focused on cultural tourism and site restoration at four different archaeological sites (Bagerhat, Kantajee, Mahasthangarh, Paharpur) located along a heritage-rich geographic corridor in the western regions of Bangladesh. IPE Global assisted the Project Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU) within the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh in managing detailed design, procurement, financial management, supervision and monitoring of the project including strengthening linkages between tourism and local population and building capacity of communities to enable them to obtain greater benefits from tourism activities at four heritage sites.
While Strategizing the holistic development of project islands for creating sustainable maritime economy, the project developed PPP based investment opportunities worth 650 Crore (120 Million USD), directly enriching the lives of more than 10,000 inhabitants. The Master Plan developed by IPE Global included hard and soft solutions (113 projects in Lakshadweep and 75 projects in Andaman islands) in agriculture, fisheries, social infrastructure, livelihood generation, tourism promotion and infrastructure up gradation for project islands, phased over a period of 25 years; detailed development control regulations to ensure minimum impact on the environment and enhance disaster preparedness. In addition to the above, the project team spearheaded international investors meet and led the clearance processes for 7 anchor projects (Forest, Environment and CRZ clearance).
Karnataka with its 42 beaches and 11 islands, spread across three districts has a huge untapped tourism potential which in turn can lead to development of local economy, attract anchor investments and generate employment opportunities. As part of this project, IPE Global conducted beach suitability analysis for 320 km of the coastal stretch, devised detailed tourism development strategy plan for marketing and community engagement proposals; developed 24 PPP based tourism projects and 6 nodal level plans approved by the coastal districts; assisted the state government to explore possibilities of convergence with schemes like Swadesh darshan and provided relevant inputs in selecting the beach for blue flag accreditation in the state.
National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) was an ambitious project of Government of India aimed at holistic development of heritage cities in the country. The HRIDAY Scheme focused on development of civic infrastructure development projects for revitalization of the heritage and cultural destinations. IPE Global supported the City Mission Directorate in heritage conservation guidance, preparation of City HRIDAY Plan and, evaluation of projects executed under the HRIDAY scheme in Amritsar (Punjab) and Puri (Odisha). The work included situation assessment & infrastructure gap assessment, identification and finalization of five priority heritage areas for preparation of Infrastructure Development Plan, preparation of city specific toolkits along with evaluation checklists, preparation of Concept Plan for development/renovation of the city museum/cultural park, and review & evaluation of DPRs.
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Department of Archaeology (DOA) Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government ofPeople\'s Republic of BangladeshView Case Study
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