Round-up of adventure and the Himalayan tourism and travel news for the week of January 13-19, 2014
Nepal Can Sleep Over Seven Million Visitors
Nepal, the Himalayan nation, can sleep more than seven million tourists every year according to Economic Activities Report 2013-14, a survey conducted by the research department of Nepal Rastra Bank (N.R.B.). The report is based on survey of eight Nepali cities: Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Dhangadhi, Kathmandu, Janakpur, Nepalgunj, and Pokhara. In 2012-13 fiscal year, Nepal recorded an increase of slightly more than fifteen percent in the total number of hotels serving tourists. The hotels offer 20,408 room nights daily. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the two leading hosts in terms of number of hotels. However, Pokhara accounts for the highest share (44%) of total room nights offered by the surveyed cities. Kathmandu and Biratnagar draw maximum number of tourists from India.
The report also highlighted that Nepal could not diversify from traditional tourism products to entertainment, medical, mountaineering, and pilgrimage tourism products. The Nepali edition of the report can be downloaded from http://www.nrb.org.np/.
[Source of Information: Prasain, Sangam. (2014, January 13). Nepal can accommodate 7.44m tourists annually: NRB report. eKantipur.com. Retrieved from http://ekantipur.com/2014/01/13/business/nepal-can-accommodate-7.44m-tourists-annually-nrb-report/383826.html.]
LAWDA Introduces Entry Fee for Dal Lake
Jammu and Kashmir (J &K) Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) planned to charge an entry fee of INR 10 per tourist for cruising through Dal Lake from February 1, 2014. The fee does not apply to locals. LAWDA, a government organization that maintains and conserves the Dal Lake environs, would use the revenue collected for the lake maintenance. The authority also intended to appoint more than fifteen entry point officers to collect the fee. This is another effort to save the lake for future generations besides INR 654-crore Save Dal Project.
The local tourism service providers objected to the entry fee and argued that the fee would affect the business as access to water bodies is free across the globe. They proposed that the authority may collect INR 100 from shikara owners every season instead of levying a tourist entry fee.
[Source of Information: (1) (2014, January 15). LAWDA to charge entry fee for visitors. Kashmir Life. Retrieved from http://www.kashmirlife.net/lawda-to-charge-entry-fee-for-visitors-15012014/. (2) Ishfaq-ul-Hassan. (2014, January 15). Dal ‘darshan’ now comes for a price. DNA. Retrieved from http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-dal-darshan-now-comes-for-a-price-1951140.]
Avail 50% Discount on Peak Fee and Climb More
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), India would bear half of the mountaineering peak royalty collected by Indian Mountaineering Foundation from the climbers during “777 Days of the Incredible Himalayas” campaign launched on September 27, 2013.
[Source of Information: (2013, September 27). Ministry of Tourism Launches “777 Days of The Incredible Indian Himalayas” Campaign 50 per cent of Peak Fee from the Climbing Expeditions to be met by the Ministry. Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Retrieved from http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=99715.]
Adventure Travel Business Opportunity
J & K Seeks Tourism Promotion Proposals
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Tourism Department wants to empanel advertising agencies to create effective multi-media campaigns for tourism promotion. The campaigns would focus on both domestic and international visitors and all three regions of state: Ladakh, Kashmir, and Jammu. Last date to submit the proposal is January 25, 2014. For complete proposal submission guidelines, browse http://www.jktourism.org/tenders/item/558-notice-for-empanelment-of-advertising-agencies.html.
Adventure Travel Trade Events
ITB Berlin 2014: Hall 4.1 for Adventure Travel Companies
The five-day ITB Berlin, the leading global travel trade show, would begin at ICC Berlin and on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds in Berlin (Germany) on March 5, 2014. Spaces have already been earmarked for different tourism segments and geographic areas. For example, Hall 4.1 would host companies representing the adventure travel and responsible tourism segments. For more information, visit http://www.itb-berlin.de/en/AboutITBBerlin/ITBAtAGlance/MarketSegments/AdventureAndResponsibleTourism/.
London Hosts Adventure Travel Show on January 25, 2014
London would host two-day Adventure Travel Show, the only show of the United Kingdom focusing on unfrequented destinations, from January 25, 2014. Highlights of the event includes
Interaction with the biggest group of adventure travel business houses,
Several inspirational talks,
Travel writing and photography seminars,
A seminar on adventure planning, and
Adventure travel film festival.
Check the event website for details: http://www.adventureshow.com/index.php.
Vivo and IMF Organize First Aid for Wilderness Program
Vivo Healthcare Private Ltd and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) would organize five-day Emergency Responder: First Aid for Wilderness Program from January 28, 2014. The program would take place at the foundation in New Delhi. The program designed for adventure tour guides, mountaineers, mountain bikers, rafters, and rock climbers costs INR 6,000 excluding taxes and boarding and lodging. The participants would learn about first aid for medical emergencies, high altitude sickness, airway management, etc. For more information, checks websites of Vivo and IMF: www.vivohealthcare.com and www.indmount.org.