Who is Porter? What are Classes of Porters?

General notion about a porter is that s/he is a person who lifts the luggage at bus stations, at railway stations, in hotels, and in mountains. But official definition of a porter is wider. For example, The Himachal Pradesh Climbing / Trekking Porters (Regulation of Employment) Act, 1977 defines porter …

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Regularization of Adventure Tourism

In February 2014, Ecuador launched new regulations for the safety of adventure travelers and tourists. Nepal endorsed new guidelines prescribing a formula for sharing of adventure activity revenue. The Welsh adventure seekers requested for more access to the outdoors for recreational adventure activities.

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Nepal reduces Everest royalty for mountaineers traveling alone

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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Adventure Activities Regulations mandate safety audit, registration

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       …

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Green Ratings for Himachal Pradesh Hotels

Green Ratings for Himachal Pradesh Hotels

Most of us rush to hill stations during holidays, particularly in summers, for three reasons: to enjoy salubrious climate and serene landscape free of visual and other types of pollutions and to avail ourselves of the opportunity to sync with natural rhythm of life. However, popularity of a hill station robs it of all three essential qualities over-a-period of time and thereby need for intelligent destination planning arises.

The travel and tourism industry is waking up to this bitter truth. One of the recent examples is the initiative of Himachal Pradesh (India) government to rate the hotels using a set of authentic green parameters. The state tourism department is already working on the parameters for evolving a green rating system for the hotels. While rating the hotels, a number of parameters such as menu based on organic vegetables, use of solar energy and / or other renewable energy sources, rain harvesting, means for recycling biodegradable waste and eco-friendly sewage system will be considered.