Indian entrepreneur to address UAE green meet

Gopinath Parayil, who set up his company 'The Blue Yonder' in Bangalore in 2004 to create specialised tours to Northern Kerala's Bharatapuzha region, will present his experience as a case study on how low impact environmental tours can deliver social and economic benefits to local communities.

Pariyal will address the World Green Tourism conference and exhibition to be held in Abu Dhabi from November 22-24. World Green Tourism is the first global event in the Gulf region dedicated to the investment and development of sustainable tourism.

"Parayil is something of a pioneer whose innovation has now been recognised with the 2007 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award and the prestigious Responsible Tourism Award," said Rick Theobald of Streamline Group Marketing, organisers of the event.

"He will be able to demonstrate the proven case for socio-economics and how responsible tourism can aid heritage survival, which is important to the modernising communities of the Middle East," he said. The Blue Yonder's tours has created jobs for locals in the Bharatapuzha River region with residents now working as tour guides, folk musicians, healers, artisans, interpreters and boatmen.

The Blue Yonder has since launched responsible cultural and heritage tours to other places in India like Karnataka, Sikkim, Spiti Valley, Sunderbans and Rajasthan. "The pioneering spirit these two speakers represent will help stamp the event with a forward-thinking approach to Green Tourism which we want the event to evoke," said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).

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