Launch of Wildlife Tourism Awards 2014
TOFTigers, alongside Indian premier Wildlife magazine, Sanctuary Asia, are delighted to announce the launch of the 3rd Wildlife Tourism Awards 2014. The aim is to highlight the very best of nature tourism in the Indian subcontinent, and there are eight categories of awards, from Wildlife guide to Eco-lodges, from community tourism initiatives to most tourism friendly parks. You can help us by nominating your favourite here. The winners will be announced at a prestigious Gala Awards dinner in Delhi in September.
Click here for categories and a nomination form.
Mela Kothi puts National Chambal Sanctuary on the map 11 April 2014
Pioneering Mela Kothi – The Chambal Safari Lodge, has joined TOFTigers as its first PUG eco-rated member from the National Chambal Sanctuary and the state of Uttar Pradesh. Dream project of Ram and Anu Pratap who moved back to restore their ancestral farm and stables in 1999, the Lodge, which has a quality rating, is set in 35 sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland 70 kms from Agra. Thirteen rooms or cottages blend the charm of traditional features with contemporary conveniences and comforts. Guests can experience an abundance of wildlife in the grounds (home to over 198 species) or explore the Chambal Valley by boat, camel, jeep, bicycle or on foot with experienced naturalists. Read more..
TOFT welcomes Kash'Venture Travels (KVT) as our new DMC Member 07 April 2014
Kash'Venture Travels Private Limited (KVT) is a four-time National Award-Winning tours and travel services company based in New Delhi, India. Founded in 1985 as niche adventure services provider, KVT has had great success over the last three decades to emerge provider of adventure, culture and nature tours across India. From trekking and walking to mountain biking and cycling tours, wildlife adventures to culture and leisure tours, KVT's catalogue of country-wide activities and travel services combine the unique Indian perspectives, local attractions and activities with an award-winning service infrastructure that offers safe authentic and engaging India holidays and travel experiences to families, small groups and independent travellers. Read more..
What is TOFT?
Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) is a unique campaign. Founded by a group of concerned Tour Operators, TOFT has now expanded to become a pioneering International 'collective action' campaign, run by Travel Professionals, aimed at those within the nature travel industry and all visitors to India's wildlife parks, to advocate, endorse and support more responsible use of wilderness areas in India, and the Indian sub continent. You can read more here.
Ecotourism guidelines submitted to the Supreme Court
Further to the Supreme Court hearing on 27th August, TOFT has released the present objections to the Guidelines. Read more..
A Future for our Parks - A Lodge Provider's response
Lodge Owners response to the draft Ecotourism Guidelines June 2011. Read more..