Round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for the week of May 6-12, 2013
May 6, 2013
Adventure Park on Chenab
The government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) planned an adventure park on the Chenab River known for some of the finest rafting runs. Rafting experts from civil administration, tourism and army departments surveyed the area to find the best location.
[Source of information: (2013, May 6). Kashmir to get an image makeover with a new adventure park. Dailybhaskar.com. Retrieved from http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/TRA-kashmir-to-get-an-image-makeover-with-a-new-adventure-park-4256217-NOR.html]
May 7, 2013
J&K promotes tourism in Dubai
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) participated in the Arabian Travel Mart (Dubai) on May 6 to promote the adventure tourism assets. The J&K government invited some tour operators and media personnel for a farm trip for awareness and publicity.
[Source of information: GK News Network. (2013, May 7). JK participates in Arabian Travel Mart. Greater Kashmir Srinagar. Retrieved from http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2013/May/8/jk-participates-in-arabian-travel-mart-43.asp]
May 8, 2013
NZ adventure tourism steps up safety standards
New Zealand is admired for its high safety standards for adventure activities. However, tragic death of 20 tourists within one and half year requires a second thought about the regulation and the implementation. The authorities should take all possible steps to minimize or wipe out unnecessary risks.
The government and tourism officials are proactively increasing efforts to plug the unnecessary risks. The government appointed three companies to audit the adventure tourism operators as per new regulations enacted in 2011. The sale of an unaudited adventure activity would be an offence from November 1, 2014.
[Sources of information: (1) Editorial. (2013, May 7). Adventure tourism must ensure safety. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881934
(2) (2013, May 8). New Zealand adventure tourism operators under pressure to raise safety standards. Global Times. Retrieved from http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/780110.shtml]
Adventure tours on sale
Mountain Travel Sobek (M.T.S.) planned a 5-day flash sale from May 13, 2013. The company’s Facebook page and the website would feature the discounts for 24 hours.
[Source of information: Allie. (2013, May 8). DEAL ALERT: 5 Days of Fantastic Savings Await! Mountain Travel Sobek Travel Blog. Retrieved from http://travelblog.mtsobek.com/2013/05/08/deal-alert-5-days-of-fantastic-savings-await/]
May 9, 2013
H.P. plans to introduce pod cars in Shimla, Dharamshala
Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) government prepared Personal Rapid Transit (P.R.T.) pod feasibility report. The green pod cars would help in resolving traffic congestion in touristy towns of Shimla and Dharamsala. The automated 4-6-seat pods require narrower track (2.1-meter wide) than the Mono Rail (10-meter wide). The government also mulled to set up Urban Transport Authority (UMTA) that would provide alternate transport such as ropeways, and the battery powered pods.
[Source of Information: Press Note: No. 492/2013-PUB. (2013, May 9). PRT pods to ply in Shimla and Dharamshala: C.M. Information & Public Relations: Govt. of Himachal Pradesh. Retrieved from http://himachalpr.gov.in/pressreleaseEng.asp?id=9239]
NTB to host National Tourism Fair
Nepal Tourism Board (N.T.B.) hosts 3-day Fifth National Tourism Fair 2013 at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu from May 10, 2013 to promote domestic tourism that accounts for over 40% in view of declining international tourism. A wide array of tourism stakeholders would present travel tourism products. About ten million rupees are allocated for the fair. The highlight of the fair is home stays and domestic tourism packages.
[Source of information: Himalayan News Service. (2013, May 9). NTB plans to make domestic tourism more sustainable. The Himalayan Times. Retrieved from http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=NTB+plans+to+make+domestic+tourism+more+sustainable&NewsID=375812]
Kerala registers Adventure Tourism Promotion Society
The government of Kerala registers the Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (A.T.P.S.) to enter into the adventure tourism market. Asha Jose appointed as the CEO of the society, a part of the department of eco tourism.
[Source of Information: Nair, Sangeeta. (2013, May 9). Kerala government bets on potential of adventure tourism. The Times of India. Retrieved from http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-09/thiruvananthapuram/39141750_1_kerala-tourism-kerala-government-kodiyeri-balakrishnan]
May 10, 2013
Tourist Festival of Kashmir starts on May 14
The Department of Tourism (Kashmir) will host “Tourist Festival of Kashmir” during May 14-29, 2013 to promote tourism. The department plans a number of events, including Kashmir Haat, qawali by the Sabri brothers at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center (SKICC), and Zabarwan trekking expedition.
[Source of information: (2013, May 10). “Tourist festival of Kashmir” set to roll with range of activities. The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved from http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/travel/tourist-festival-of-kashmir-set-to-roll-with-range-of-activities/article4702126.ece]
Changing tourism pattern in Bhutan
Densa, Kinga. (2013, May 10).New trends in tourist arrivals. KuenselOnline.
The author highlights major changes in the tourism sector recorded by the Bhutan Tourism Monitor. For example,
- Business-holiday tourist ratio: 1:4
- Tourist arrivals increased by over 64% in 2012 vis-à-vis 2011.
- International tourists accounted for more than 51% in 2012, the tourists from India and Bangladesh accounted for the remaining.
- The Japanese tourists accounted for the highest percentage of the total international arrivals in 2012, displacing the U.S. from the number one position in the international tourist category.
May 12, 2013
Important dates for trekkers visiting Uttarakhand
Hemkund Sahib Yatra 2013: From May 25, 2013
Nanda Devi Rajjat Yatra 2013, the event is organized once in every 12 years: August 29 to September 16, 2013
Gangotri Temple opens after winter break on May 13, 2013
Yamunotri Temple opens after winter break on May 13, 2013
Kedranth Temple opens after winter break on May 14, 2013
Badrinath Temple opens after winter break on May 16, 2013
Tugnath Temple opens after winter break on May 16, 2013
Madmaheshwar Temple after winter break opens on May 20, 2013
[Source of information: Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Official Website. Retrieved from http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/events]
First Alkhuddam Kashmir Tourism Conclave: Delivering Excellence
Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center (SKICC)
Srinagar, J&K, India
May 13-14, 2013