The Corbett Foundation, spearheaded by Infinity Resorts, strives to work towards the cause of wildlife conservation.
Infinity Resorts boasts a total of five resorts in tiger reserves and areas well-known for wildlife such as Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Kaziranga and Rann of Kutch. The anchor lodge of the group–Inifinity Resorts Corbett–has been in operation for the past 26 years and has been actively contributing to the cause of wildlife conservation.
As business in the leisure segment has been very competitive, and Rina Khatau, Vice Chairman, The Corbett Foundation India, Conservation Corporation of India, Infinity Resorts India, says the management has to continuously think of new ways and means to attract new customers, while retaining their regular clientele. “We strive to provide the most affordable price to cater to a group of wildlife-oriented ‘green warriors’ who will be able to identify without losing the group’s vision and mission statements. We provide hard-core wildlife conservation resorts with luxury in mind,” she explains. Apart from this, the group is in the process of installing more key features at all the resorts, to give them a distinctive look.
However, what’s unique about the group is their NGO called The Corbett Foundation (www.corbettfoundation.org) which was founded by Khatau and her husband Dilip Khatau in 1994. Today, it operates in all five locations where Infinity Resorts are situated. She elaborates, “We run capacity building, interim relief for livestock killed by tigers, veterinary care, medical outreach, vocational training, Women Self-Help and many other programs for villagers living in close proximity to tiger reserves and wildlife area. The human-wildlife conflicts are mitigated through our Awareness and Education programs. We also work with the Forest Departments whenever possible.” This is the same reason why the resorts target wildlife and conservation-minded people. “We intend to cater to the specific groups who are wildlife oriented and use the opportunity during their stay to convert them into a member of our band of ‘hard-core conservationists’,” she adds.