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Skyview By Empyrean Patnitop certified as country’s first sustainable tourism destination by RSTOI, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

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Skyview By Empyrean Patnitop certified as country’s first sustainable tourism destination by RSTOI
Based in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Skyview By Empyrean has been certified as India’s first sustainable tourism destination by the Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI), the national body of responsible tourism that promotes sustainable responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry. It was also conferred as ‘Champion’ -a status which is accorded for a score of 90 plus for following sustainable eco-friendly tourism practices.

According to a statement shared by the company, the sustainable tourism destination certification is given exclusively to those who have successfully met the sustainable tourism criteria of India set for travel destinations. This means that Skyview by Empyrean is compliant with the parameters of sustainable and responsible tourism as practiced by RTSOI and set as a standard by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, these include sustainability management, socio-economic sustainability, cultural sustainability, and environmental sustainability.

Skyview by Empyrean Patnitop is the first of its kind holistic lifestyle and leisure destination in the Himalayas, where visitors can experience a gondola ride, an array of F&B offerings, luxury stays, shopping as well as a host of soft adventure activities, many introduced for the first time in India, such as magic carpet, an all-season dry tubing sledge, and Asia’s longest zigzag zipline at 580 metre: and curated biking excursions, hiking and supervised treks.
Located at a 90-minute drive from the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra and spread over 22 acre, Skyview commenced operations three years ago with the successful launch of the Skyview Gondola as the Gateway to Patnitop and India’s highest (in terms of ground clearance) international class sustainable ropeway, which brought the quaint hill-resort of Patnitop back into the reckoning.

RTSOI, UNEP and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India had signed a tripartite MoU on last World Tourism Day to work towards awareness building and implementation of the Sustainable Tourism agenda in Indian tourism.

Commenting on the certification, Syed Junaid Altaf, Managing Director, Empyrean Skyview Projects, said, “With mankind being faced with numerous environmental challenges, promoting sustainable development and tourism is the right way forward. Over the next three years, we are looking at close to 700,000 passengers on the gondola itself which will help in reducing carbon footprint as more people will use this as a mode of transportation instead of driving up by the road. Community development is an integral part of our future plans; it dovetails with sustainable mobility that effectively supports regional economic growth, as well as the development of safe, liveable, and attractive places for all. We are also working on building a sustainable and holistic hospitality brand with differentiated offerings, global partnerships, and a unique experience for every guest.”Speaking on awarding the RTSOI certification, Rakesh Mathur, Founding Member & Hon President, RTSOI, said, “It is a matter of great pride that the first-ever Ecotourism destination to be certified by RTSOI has emerged a ‘Champion’ practitioner of sustainability. Skyview by Empyrean, nestled in the picturesque Sanget Valley near Jammu, is also the first-ever ecotourism destination to provide a cable car experience to Patnitop, apart from games and entertainment for all ages, global cuisine, and excellent luxury accommodation. My heartiest congratulations to Team Empyrean and to Syed Junaid Altaf and his vision and dedication towards responsible & sustainable tourism practices.”

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