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Tourism-related economic losses from inadequate sanitation are estimated to be US$ 266 million.
A dialogue in the Insights series organised by the India Sanitation Coalition (ISC), IRC and TARU Leading Edge was held on 20 February 2018 in Goa, India, one day before the SuSanA India Chapter Meeting. The theme was "Sanitation & Tourism".
The dialogue was was moderated by Sanjay Gupta (Independent consultant for Water and sanitation) and had active participation from Vinay Kumar (Executive Engineer, Mysore), Jaikant Shroff (General Manager, Vivanta By Taj Panaji, Goa) and Tallulah D'Silva (architect and activist, Goa).
A 2011 World Bank study estimated that annual tourism-related economic losses from inadequate sanitation are US$ 266 million. Discussions focused on the impact of poor water and sanitation services on tourism and local communities, current sanitation practices in popular tourist destinations in India, sanitation methods employed in Indian cities that attract tourists, and possible steps to augment sanitation measures in tourist friendly locations.
Panellists concluded that cities that have attracted tourists have been able to do so because of political will, strict monitoring of sanitation norms, and citizen pride in environmental conservation.
A briefing note on the Insights dialogue is available below under Resources.
To learn more about the Insights series please visit the ISC Insights: WASH Dialogue & Partnership Forum page.