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Weekly round-up of adventure travel and tourism news for December 24-30, 2012

 December 24, 2012 

Aurora unveils Polar Voyage Brochure 2013-14 

The Australian Aurora Expeditions unveiled its Polar Voyage Brochure 2013-14. The environment friendly brochure features all Antarctica and Arctic (European) voyages scheduled for the next one and half year. Both printed and eBook formats are available. The Antarctic voyages start from US$ 6, 700.00, whereas the Arctic voyages from AU$5,900.  You can read the polar adventure travel brochure online or download it.

17-day Tea Tourism Festival in Darjeeling 

The Gorkhaland Territorial Authority (G.T.A.) inaugurated 17-day Tea and Tourism Festival on December 20, 2012 in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Highlights of the festival include tribal dances, tea sampling and tasting, and tea auction.

Action begins at Ice Skating Club 

Action began at the oldest ice-skating rink in Shimla in the first week of December 2012.  The Ice Skating Club witnessed a thick ice layer on the clay surface of the rink, good news for skaters. You can visit Facebook page of the skating club.

ATOI hosts 10th Annual Adventure Travel Convention 

Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOI) will host 10th Annual Convention in Guwahati, Assam during January 20-22, 2013. The 3-day convention would announce names of Adventure Award winners who have contributed to the Indian Adventure Tourism Segment. The Adventure Awards are divided into ten categories, including Innovative Adventure Travel Concept, Adventurer of the Year and Adventure Friendly State.  You can download the Adventure Award application. Register for adventure travel convention.

Adventure trends 2013: Adventurous honeymoon, Nepali Himalayan adventures 

Lowell, Tamar. December 2012. Adventure Travel Trends to Watch in 2013.  The Huffington Post, Travel Blogs.

This article elaborates on six trends in adventure travel for 2013. Newly-wed couples are looking for adventure activities during honeymoon. The Nepal Himalaya is emerging as a dreamland for adventure lovers. Read the full article.

Explorers’ merges with Natural 

Explorers’ Corner, based in the U.S.A. merged with Natural Habitat Adventures in December 2012 to form a new company Natural Habitat Expeditions. The new company offers nature-based tours. Get more information about the new adventure travel company.

Telegraph Adventure Travel Show starts on Jan 26, 2013 

The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show is scheduled for January 26, 2013. The 2-day show focusing on offbeat destinations would organize adventure travel talks and photography and writing seminars. There will be three travel planning zones: Expeditions Planning, Discover Africa and GAP Year. Jordan is sponsoring the show. Get more information about the adventure travel show to be held in London.

Budget to develop Poonch as eco-tourism destination 

Jammu and Kashmir earmarks more than INR 160 crore to develop forests in Poonch area as an eco-tourism destination. The development project embraces view points, environment friendly tourist huts on the hill and walking trails.

December 25, 2012

HMI’s Everest Expedition 2013 

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (H.M.I.) selects Saachi Soni of Indraprasatha College, Delhi University for 8-member April-May 2013 Everest (8,850 meters) Expedition. She is 19 years old and a native of Jaipur. She has already climbed Mt. V C Roy (20,000 feet), Mr. DKF (17,800 feet), Mt Renok (18,000 feet) and Mt Banderpunch (21,600 feet) in Sikkim and Garhwal Himalayas.

IISM launches skiing courses 

Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) launched seven skiing courses for December 2012-March 2013 Season. The first course started on December 24, 2012. The course fee amounts to INR 5,000.00 per person for participants less than 25 years old, whereas INR 10, 000 for other participants. Check the skiing course details.

Last offers once-in-lifetime adventure trip for stags 

The U.K. based Last Night of Freedom, a venture of Last Night Ltd., is offering unique stag weekend in North Pole. This first of its kind adventure package starts from GBP 14, 999.00. The price includes a five night stay and activities like trekking to the North Pole. The trip starts from Longyearbyen. Get more information about the adventure.

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December 26, 2012 

New Zealanders’ traveling preferences 

According to the Southern Cross Travel Insurance (S.C.T.I.) Survey, New Zealanders prefer the United Kingdom and Australia. Nepal, India, North Africa and the Middle East are the least liked travel destinations. About 10% New Zealanders prefer comfort to adventure travel. However, the adventure travel group consists of both young and old travelers.

Dragonair includes Action Asia in its in-flight magazines 

From January 2013, you can read Action Asia while traveling by Dragonair.  Action Asia, an adventure travel magazine launched in 1992, focuses on outdoor activities in Asia. You can browse the adventure travel magazine online.

GMVNL organizes free tourism courses in Jan-Feb 2013 

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (G.M.V.N.L.) will organize Atithi Satkar Training Program focusing on food and beverage and housekeeping for students of 18-28 years of age. The course fee starts from INR 1,500.00 per student. If you attend 90% of the course, you will get stipend and certificates. Get more information about the courses. 

 December 27, 2012 

ABTA (The Travel Association) Travel Trends Report 2013 

The report reviews the travel market in 2012, includes an outlook for 2013 and focuses on residents of the U.K. One of the main eight trends is “In Search of Adventure.”  The report concluded that 5% of travelers from the country would opt for a challenge or adventure holiday in 2013. Read more about the travel trends.

December 28, 2012 

Best of ExplorersWeb 2012 Award for scaling Mazeno Ridge 

The team of Cathy O’Dowd (South Africa), Rick Allen (U.K.), Sandy Allan (U.K.), Lhakpa Rangdu (Nepal), Lakpa Sherpa ( Nepal) and Nuru Sherpa (Nepal) climbed Nanga Parbat via Mazeno Ridge for the first time in 2012. They won the Best of ExplorersWeb2012 Award for their daring and pioneering feat.

Nepal prepares to issue MRPs in lieu of manual passports 

Government of Nepal is preparing to replace the handwritten passports with machine-readable passports (MRPs). The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a deadline, November 24, 2015, to stop the usage of handwritten passports. More than two million hand-written passports issued by the government before December 26, 2010 would become invalid in 2015. The government started issuing MRPs in the last week of December 2010.

December 29, 2012 

Nepal collects Rs. 47 million from mountaineers   

According to Nepal Tourism Statistics 2011 (Annual Statistical Report), Nepal permitted 259 mountaineering expeditions to the 61 peaks and the royalties amounted to $31, 42,175 in 2011.

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) issued permits for 33 peaks to 867 expedition teams and collected $3, 68,330 towards the peak royalties in the same year. Read the full report.

However, in the first five and half months of the 2012/13 fiscal year (16 July-15 July), 197 expedition permits were issued. The government collected Rs. 47 million in the royalties.

December 30, 2012 

First luxury resort opens its doors for visitors to Gulmarg

The Khyber, Himalayan Resort & Spa, the first luxury resort of Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir, was inaugurated in December 2012. The resort in the Pir Panjal Range is within walking distance of the Gulmarg Gondola, the ski lift. The rooms command views of lush valleys and the Affarwat Peaks.

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