Packing your holiday bags is not as simple picking sets of clothing for each day you’re on vacation. You need to plan what goes into your bags – depending on destination, holiday season and what your resort guide recommends. Most of the time we don’t really look at the “guideline” mails sent to us by customer assistance, because we just don’t have the time. But that’s where things can go wrong.

A beach side location for instance would call for shorts, tees, Bermudas and flip flops as your move around clothes. A jungle lodges location on the other hand would call for something that’s trendy but close to army camouflage clothing, if you want to call it that. Of course what season you have in mind would also be a prime consideration. A summer vacation would call for something summery, and a winter vacation would likewise get you pulling out some woollies.

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Views & Interviews on the AIRDA website – August 2017

I am so pleased these days when I hear of activities centered around responsible tourism and eco-friendly practices. What was for years seen as just “bringing in the numbers” is now bringing with it the responsibility of restoring the natural ecological balance of tourist locations. So while you welcome tourists with open arms, you also need to embrace eco-friendly measures down the value chain.

After all these years, having seen the world go round in this industry, it’s reassuring to find resorts seeking linkages with native environments – working towards nurturing and conserving local eco-systems.

While the hospitality industry needs to be the prime mover here, we also need to raise awareness among vacation seekers. They need to be on the same page in a participatory kind of way. (I don’t own run or run the resort, but I can be responsible for my actions during my stay.)

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month on the AIRDA website – August 2017

In today’s digitally-wired world, stress is an unavoidable by-product. Everything you’re working on is wanted even before it is assigned to you. A lot of the time stress is about handling difficult people and unreasonable demands on time and resource. And there are times when you just don’t want to get out of bed, to face another day – especially if it’s one of those Monday mornings.

Over the last couple of weeks, we spoke to human resource professionals, counselors, and a whole bunch of employees about high-pressure environments at the workplace. We asked them about ways of navigating through stressful situations.

In this article, we share some useful nuggets that we managed to collect during these conversations.

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Views & Interviews on the AIRDA website – July 2017