Issue No. 346, May 2018
The tourism challenge
Day visitors at the Matrimandir viewing point Tourism in Auroville has increased considerably over the years. What is its impact upon the community? Does it help or harm us? Should it be controlled and, if so, how? Does the community need to develop a strategy regarding tourism? These were some of the questions addressed during a round table discussion convened by Auroville Today and La Revue d’Auroville in the aftermath of the recent 50th anniversary celebrations. Sam is a member of the Auroville Security Service; Marc and Matilde manage Auroville coffee shops; Cristina, Dhanya and Susan are involved in guest services; Nicole manages the Visitors Center; Gilles coordinates the Auroville Archives; Akash Kapur has expressed himself about the dangers of tourism; and Christine is an editor of La Revue d’Auroville. Tourism in Auroville has increased tremendously over the past ten years. How has it impacted you personally? Sam: Tourism has a huge influence o...