Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted in India Tourism Industry Smiles

In what could very well be wonderful news for wildlife lovers and game watchers, India’s Supreme Court, the final court of appeal in the nation, uplifted a temporary ban on tourism in core areas of India’s tiger reserves. 

Indeed, foreign tourists who had planned to book flights tickets to the country, attracted by India’s wonderful lure of tiger sighting, can now breathe easy! The highest forum of judiciary in the country came out with an order that permits tourists in up to 20% of ‘core areas’ of the reserves. ‘Core areas’ are the regions in the parks where the concentration of the big cat is the highest. 

Majority of the tiger parks like the Jim Corbett National Park and Ranthambore National Park, which are popular among wildlife lovers buying tickets on India-bound flights, offer access to even less than 20% of core areas anyways. So, for them it is business as usual with tourists booking flights tickets to the region expected to pour in. 

The order is surely happy news for wildlife buffs who grab tickets on country bound flights. But it is even more beneficial to numerous state-run reserves that were witnessing a sharp decline in tourist inflow after the ban. 

An official at the Ranthambore, one of the largest national parks in Rajasthan, commended the verdict of the court and expressed faith that business will bloom again with travellers once more booking tickets on flights to the country, besotted by a prospect of the animal sighting.

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