THE BIG NEWS: #2967 is a hashtag worth a few million dollars, literally! That is the kind of dollars that has gone into conserving the Royal Bengal Tiger and also the kind of revenue the Tiger generates for the exchequer. Beyond the applause and the euphoria, there is a sobering thought that we must all be conscious about. The numbers we are gloating over is our last perceived population of about 1400 tigers ( census data 2008 ) in the wild before a ‘global alarm’ call. So #2967 looks good till we compare it with what existed in the early 20th century that is close to 10,000 tigers in the wild. This is the syndrome of shifting baselines and has to be kept in perspective to understand the urgency and success of any conservation initiative. More on this later in our Wildlife special coming up soon.
Been There & Done That at RARE India is not such a bad thing. It means we have checked and audited every property we invite into the community. Continuing from our previous newsletter on the routes to discover we have more trails for you to discover and offer to your guests or even set you along with unchartered destinations. The beauty of an itinerary design with RARE hotels or those that we endorse to be a part of the community is the opportunity to re-think your programs to suit multiple guest interests, delve deeper into what the destination has to offer at the same time you preserve heritage, conserve nature and forests, positively impact destinations and create value for the community. And don’t miss the luxury of a great stay, fabulous cuisine and intense conversations.