Introduction to the TOFT (PUG) Rating Self-Assessment
The Travel Operators for Tigers is a collective campaign encompassing all those involved in wildlife tourism in India and South Asia. This includes International and local Travel operators and agents, destination management agents, accommodation providers and visitors.
The focus of this self-assessment questionnaire is to initiate the process of examining your own accommodation provision - both internally within your operations and externally within the greater community.
TOFT aims to support you in your business, offering opportunities to get better and more effective in your provision of your service and therefore more profitable. At the same time to enhance your standing within the local community, within Parks and ultimately to your clients both domestic and foreign.
Its aim is to have a superb 'wildlife experience' to sell to your clients today, tomorrow and into the future, thus securing you with a viable business into the future too!
PUG Self-Assessment contains questions targeting three key factors:
- Economic issues of your operations
- Socio-Cultural impacts of your operations
- Ecological impacts of your operations
This is one of the assessment processes to benchmark your tourism practices, which would be rated as per the TOFT PUG Rating Procedure. An accurate completion of the form is essential and can affect your PUG rating.
The approach to questions will allow us an accurate assessment of
- Current PRACTICE
- Currently DO NOT PRACTICE
- Don't do, but AIM TO PRACTICE
- N/A (Not Applicable / The factors are not used for your operations)
Acknowledgement : This assessment outline has been modified from Wild Asia's Responsible Tourism Self-Assessment Questionnaire 2005 / 2006. This specific PUG Self-Assessment Questionnaire would be used for 2006 / 2009 period and TOFT would amend / modify future changes through various other external assessments.