Adventure Travel News Diary: January 2015

1. Jammu Kashmir government lifted ban on travel to the Gurez Valley. Indians can visit Abdullan, Badwan, Budugam, Buduab, Dawar, Gujran, Gulshanpora, Gundgul Sheikh, Jawdara, Jurniyal, Kanzalwan, Khandiyal, Khopri, Koragbal, Malangam, Markoot, Mastan, Neroo, Saradab, Shahpora Baja, ShahporaPayeen, Wanpora, and Zedgy villages located in the valley. The travelers have to show a government issued identity proof before entering the valley. 

2. Himachal Pradesh plans to become a key adventure tourism and all-year destination. 

3. Lonely Planet, a travel media business, acquires stake in Teton Gravity Research (TGR). Teton, set up in 1996, is a media house focusing on adventure and action sports. 

4. Drop Flat White Water Federation of India (FWWFI) organizes 11th National River Rafting Championship in Pandoa on the Sultlej River in Shimla, India. 

5. Mountain Travel Sobek, a US-based adventure travel company, launches new exploratory trips: Walking the Route of Historic Villages (Portugal), Undiscovered Kenya, and West Coast Hiking and Kayaking (Sweden). 

6. New Zealand based travel company manager says that adventure tourism operators should minimize the risk to reduce the chances of accidents. 

7. Bhattacharya forms 50+ Voyagers Travel and Adventure Club in Bangalore, India. 

8. The Indian adventure tour company Active Holiday Company unveiled first ever Outbound Adventure Tourism Report. According to the report, Indian travelers prefer European countries including the United Kingdom for adventure travel. 

9. Annual Adventure Travel Mexico (ATMEX) trade show presents adventure travel products of the country. ATMEX is a partnership of Visit Mexico and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. 

10. Peru promotes its adventure tourism products in India. 

11. The Adventurists and STA Travel moot The Rickshaw Run in India. This charity event will take place thrice every year.

April 3-18, 2015 Jaisalmer – Shillong

August 2-20, 2015 Shillong-Cochin

December 29, 2015 – January 14, 2016 Cochin-Jaislemer 

 

12. Sir Ranulph Fiennes inaugurates Adventure Travel Show in London, UK. 

13. One of the main goals of the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025 is to develop the city as a nature and adventure tourism destination. 

14. India and Nepal plan to launch a joint tourism promotion campaign. 

15. Tattapani’s (Shimla) hot sulphur springs may disappear because of Kol Dam reservoir, an 800-MW electricity project, by the end of March. The springs along the Sutlej River are dedicated to Jamadagni Rishi. However, Public Works Department (PWD) may relocate the springs. 

The reservoir may also affect Chaba-Tattapani rafting run.

Adventure Tourism Research Reports

As per the UNWTO Global Report on Adventure Tourism (October 2014), adventure tourism is not mass tourism. Adventure tourism can be divided into two main categories: Hard and Soft. This tourism can cash in on existing infrastructure. The report also reviews certification, regulation, and safety standards followed by the segment. 

According to the 2015 Virtuoso Luxe Report, five top travel trends include river cruising and active or adventure trips. The top five adventure destinations are Costa Rica, South Africa, Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, and Peru.

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