Adventure Travel Tourism Business News

Companies

Weather influences adventure activities, tourist flow, and adventure tourism revenues and margins during winter tourism season in the Himalayas.
Weather and climate create and destroy opportunities for adventure travel and tourism in the Indian Himalayas. For example, snowfall is one of the popular tourist attractions in famous hill stations, including Gulmarg, Kufri, and Mussoorie. The snowfall in picturesque areas with poor infrastructure, on other hand, works as a push ...
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Barely one year old portal Thrillseeker Adventures is “built by thrillseekers for thrillseekers.”  The portal, a collective effort of Anton Oud and Hassan Wardani, mixes e- and i-commerce. The portal, set up in September 2013, (1) allows to connect with travelers of the same taste and (2) offers adventure trip inventory ...
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Are new IT-savvy adventure travel entrepreneurs trying to kill employment opportunities for professional tour guides by developing platforms facilitating direct interaction between travelers and locals? As loads of free online user generated travel guides and crowd sourced travel information websites have already compelled traditional travel guide publishers to revamp their ...
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TUI Travel PLC and Intrepid Travel formed a joint venture to create the “biggest” global adventure travel company, PEAK Adventure Travel Group, in February 2011.  The one-stop-shop would consist of global adventure brands of both the companies, including Adventure Center, TrekAmerica, Intrepid Suntrek, Gecko’s, Exodus and Adventure Tours Australia. TUI ...
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Development

Trends in Home Stay Business in Himachal Pradesh: 2011-13
In 2012, I wrote about Himachali Home Stay scheme launched in 2008. Here is a quick update on the scheme. Himachal Pradesh Government introduced the scheme, based on Incredible India Bed and Breakfast scheme of the Indian Ministry of Tourism, for the following reasons: To standardize home stay facilities. To create affordable ...
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ADB loans for community based tourism development in Kangra Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh received two loans from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for community based tourism development in Kangra District: (1) Nagrota Suriyan Cluster (US$ 155,782.38) (2) Dhameta Cluster (US$ 106,247.50).  Both the loans were awarded under Infrastructure ...
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Relocation of Bagdogra Airport In the last week of July 2015, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) proposed relocating Bagdogra Airport in Darjeeling (West Bengal) to Purnea (Bihar). Purnea is more than 150 kilometers away from Bagdogra. The authority also discussed the idea of shifting the airport with the Indian ...
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VCSGPSY is an acronym for Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Paryatan Swarozgar Yojana introduced in June 2002. The government of Uttarakhand launched the first self-employment scheme to make tourism a major source of employment and revenue generation. The prime focus was on developing transport facilities within the State. Tourism activities The ...
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Winter Events Jammu and Kashmir (JK) that is striving to become an all season destination hosted the following events to lure more tourists during this winter season and reviewed the pilgrimage facilities:  Gulmarg hosted the National Ski and Snowboarding Championship in February, 2014. During the inaugural speech, the Chief Minister ...
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Financials

Nepal earns substantial revenue from Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cards, but the tourism stakeholders worry about not utilizing the funds to develop the trekking segment and delaying the release of the royalties for the development projects. However, Myagdi district could initiate development of new trekking routes in March 2014 ...
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  Last week, adventure travel in the Himalayan nation Nepal and skiing in the US became costlier. Bhutan however reduced the minimum daily tariff for Thai tourists to optimize the utilization of the tourism assets.  Increased TSF Would Generate NPR 800 Million for Nepal Tourism Promotion  Nepal Tourism Board (N.T.B.) ...
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Report of the Steering Committee on Tourism for the Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2007-2012). Government of India, Planning Commission. 2006. This report reviewed tourism status during 10th five-year plan and suggested strategies for developing tourism in the next five-year plan. Highlights of the adventure tourism segment include: The Himalaya is the ...
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Legal

HolidayIQ copies an image from the website of TO ABHA without permission.
It is a copyright violation to copy images from others’ websites without obtaining permission of the creator and the owner. During a random Google search, I found two businesses, one is big (HolidayIQ) and another is not so big (Pir Panjal Cottage), have copied images from my website. Both the ...
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With an increase in demand for active vacations, the adventure tourism segment is becoming more organized. And, professionalism is gaining ground. For example, in February 2014,  Ecuador Unveiled First Ever Adventure Tourism Regulation  The Ministry of Tourism, Ecuador unveiled the Regulation for the Operation of Adventure Tourism for the first time. The new ...
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The Government of Nepal approved the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation- 2059 (2002 A.D.) to replace the 1979 Regulation, which was amended in 1984 and 1985. Highlights of the 2002 regulation follow: Minimum age for climbers is 16 years. Royalty for a 1-climber Everest expedition from Southeast ridge route reduced from US ...
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From November 1, 2011, the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 came into effect inNew Zealand. The new regulations cover commercial adventure tourism for consistency in the industry and enhancing reputation of the destination. The Regulation 4 defines an adventure activity as “an activity that is provided ...
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Camping is an essential component of almost all adventure trips. To control its aftermaths, a legislation is, therefore, required. Recently, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and The New Zealand Responsible Camping Forum (NZRCF at http://www.tianz.org.nz/main/nz-freedom-camping-forum/), for instance, developed the Freedom Camping Bill to reduce the associated problems, such as litter ...
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Promotion

Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees (SPASSACGE)
Government of India launched Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees (SPASSACGE) in the first week of December 2015. It is a perfect New Year gift for the employees who crave for adventure but do not have money and time. Let’s have a look ...
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A paraglider enjoys the clouds and the skies like a bird.
AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015: An Effort to Place India on World Paragliding Map For the first time, India will host Paragliding World Cup at Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh from October 23-31, 2015. Ace paragliders from around the world will participate. The Billing Paragliding Association (BPA) will organize the event ...
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A paraglider enjoys the clouds and the skies like a bird.
Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015: Pilots Dress up Like Hindu Deities The Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA) and the Pokhara Tourism Revival Committee (P.T.R.C.) organized the 2-day-long Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015 in Pokhra in the last week of September (26-27) in Sarangot (1,500 meters), Pokhra ...
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Rock Climbing
In August 2015, Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha planned a >6,000-meter peak expedition for students and young people (18-25 years) of the state. The department will finance the expedition scheduled for the second half of 2016 in line with its new Scheme ...
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Design logo representing “Sikkim: Where Nature Smiles,” new tagline of Sikkim Tourism Tourism and Civil Aviation (CAV) Department, Government of Sikkim launched a design competition that justifies its new tagline: Sikkim: Where Nature Smiles.  The design should represent modern and traditional lifestyle of the state. The best two designers will ...
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Safety

Have you ever imagined renting the peaks of the Himalayas?  Nepal is thinking to lease some peaks to private companies. In March 2014, Nepal also mooted other ideas to make Mount Everest a clean and safe place for mountaineers from different parts of the world: ban on solo climbs, new ...
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From November 1, 2011, the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 came into effect inNew Zealand. The new regulations cover commercial adventure tourism for consistency in the industry and enhancing reputation of the destination. The Regulation 4 defines an adventure activity as “an activity that is provided ...
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Brazilian Safe Adventure Program: Results and Achievements. ITB Berlin Convention-March 10th, 2011.  Brazilian Tourism Board-EMBRATUR. This presentation reviews goals, results and achievements of the Brazilian Safe Adventure Program. Principal goals of the program include improving nature and adventure tourism product, developing safe and high quality products, increasing professionalism and competitiveness ...
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More Summaries

Tourism News Summaries from Indian Himalayan States
To increase the tourism footfall, the Indian Himalayan states launched new proposals and reviewed the existing in October 2015. Here is the summary of these: Sikkim Sikkim may start operating its first airport by the end of 2016. Consequent direct air connectivity may have a positive impact on tourism flow, ...
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Adventure Travel News
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 ...
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New Route for Kailash Mansarover Yatra  Sikkim Tourism Department planned first Kailash Mansarover Yatra via Nathula Pass from June 2015. Pilgrims thus have two route choices for the religious adventure trip: via Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathula Pass (Sikkim). The new route is relatively easier than the old one. Acclimatization ...
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In March 2014, the adventure travel tourism segment noticed enthusiasm for active charity and retirement trips. Moreover, a video shooting game developer and publisher planned to set a new game in the lofty Himalayas. Let’s check the outcome of these new developments. Adventure Travel and Charity  Charity event organizers are ...
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I covered new rules and regulations governing adventure tourism, an aspect of professionalism, on February 24. In this post, I review another aspect of the professional approach to the tourism taken by different destinations and companies in the last week. ATTA Launches AdventureEDU Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) formally launched AdventureEDU, ...
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