Round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for the week of April 29 – May 5, 2013
April 29, 2013
Exploco: an adventure platform by the community, for the community
Exploco launches a crowdsourcing campaign. Exploco, a self-proclaimed Trip Advisor of adventure sports industry, is a new kid on the block. The travel inventory will consist of eight million adventure destinations. The inventory, based on user-generated content (UGC), comprises destination guides, reviews and videos besides content from social media.
[Source of information: Pawlak, Mark. (2013, April 29). Crowdsourcing campaign creating adventure sports Trip Advisor. PR Fire. Retrieved from http://www.prfire.co.uk/travel/crowdsourcing-campaign-creating-adventure-sports-tripadvisor-138160]
HPTDC announces wildlife tours
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.) announces wildlife tours for summer. The tours, starting from INR 700 per person, feature a drive through the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary and the catchment area. The tours include lunch within the reserve. The area is dotted with wild strawberries, berries and flowers. The old manmade water reservoir, an important water source for Shimla, is also located within the pine and oak forests. The reserve is home to the Himalayan Eagle, Chikor, Leopards and Jackals. However, the corporation is awaiting the Forest Department approval for the tours.
[Source of information: Bharat. (2013, April 29). Himachal tourism to organize wildlife tour in Shimla. Hill Post. Retrieved from http://hillpost.in/2013/04/himachal-tourism-to-organize-wildlife-tour-in-shimla/72479/]
J&K Govt. and tourism stakeholders differ on road shows in Saudi
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government plans road shows in Saudi Arabia during May 19-22 to woo tourists although Saudis account for a negligible amount of the total tourist arrivals in 2012. Most of the stakeholders opine that the Saudi visit would be a waste of money and energies. The government should focus on the existing markets such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Southeast Asia. The priority should be given to infrastructure development and air routes connecting Srinagar and Gulf.
[Source of information: Yaseen, Faisul. (2013, April 29). Govt to spend millions on Saudi road shows. The Daily Rising Kashmir. Retrieved from http://www.risingkashmir.in/news/govt-to-spend-millions-on-saudi-road-shows-46308.aspx]
May 1, 2013
Poor safety, medical facilities for adventure holidays
Increasing commercialization of the Himalayas in Nepal is a cause of concern, because the country lacks safety measures, medical facilities and emergency support services for the adventure tourism segment. However, in view of the recent brawl between mountaineers and guides en route Mt. Everest, the Tourism Industry Division plans a security system at the base camp and summit. The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) intends to install satellite radio technology.
[Source of information: Himalayan News Service. (2013, May 1). Govt fails to promote adventure tourism. The Himalayan Times. Retrieved from http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Govt+fails+to+promote+adventure+tourism+&NewsID=374813.]
Tourism unaffected by Chinese incursion along LAC
The Chinese incursion along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir did not impact the tourism. However, hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru on February 9 affected tourism.
The government increased dearness allowance (DA) for the employees of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (J.K.T.D.C.) by 16%. The corporation demanded a chopper for Amarnath Yatra on lease and funds for renovating the infrastructure and employee welfare.
[Source of information: Ali, L. Mir. (2013, May 1). Tourism sector not hit in Ladakh: Mir. The Daily Rising Kashmir. Retrieved from http://www.risingkashmir.in/news/tourism-sector-not-hit-in-ladakh-mir-46430.aspx]
May 3, 3013
New adventure center at Welsh Water
Welsh Water Dwr Cymru Visitor Centre was inaugurated at Llyn Brenig Visitor Center to boost outdoor adventure. The new facilities include a bike maintenance shop and cycling center.
[Source of information: Jones, Mari. (2013, May 3). £650,000 boost for outdoor adventure hub. Daily Post. Retrieved from http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/650000-boost-outdoor-adventure-hub-3407852]
Nepal and Sri Lanka assess possibilities for a direct flight between Colombo and Kathmandu to promote tourism, especially religious (Buddhist) tourism, and trade.
[Source of information: Himalayan News Service. (2013, May 3). Entrepreneurs seek direct ktm-Colombo flight. The Himalayan Times. Retrieved from http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Entrepreneurs+seek+direct+Ktm-Colombo+flight&NewsID=375088 ]
May 5, 3013
UK to host “running and living adventure run”
The Uttarakhand (UK) Tourism Department plans “running and living adventure run,” the 2-day marathon from May 25 in Rishikesh. The goal of the marathon is to promote tourism and create awareness about “Save the Ganges” campaign. The marathon covers 5-km run between Astha Path and Triveni Ghat, and 21-km run from Shivpuri to Kotlaganv via Malakunti. You can register at Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Office by May 18.
[Source of information: (2013, May 5). Former beauty queen Niharika to run for promoting tourism. The Tribune India. Retrieved from http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130506/dun.htm#9]