Adventure travel scandals, navigational errors…


Round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for the week of April 15-21, 2013 

April 15, 2013

London to host events to celebrate 60th anniversary of Everest ascent

In 2013, London will host two events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first successful climb of Everest:

Rolex Passion Meeting, Old Watch Shop (Southport) May 28, 2013

Rolex also launched Hillary Tenzing Edition of Rolex watches. The limited edition package contains three Rolex Explorer watches that have vintage heritage look.

Lecture, Crowning Achievement, Lasting legacy, Royal Geographical Society, May 29, 2013

 TCTS is optimistic about tourist arrivals to Tibet

Tibet Ctrip Travel Service (T.C.T.S.), a Tibetan travel agent, opined that tourist arrivals to Tibet would increase substantial in 2013 in view of various improvements and additions in the infrastructure and changes in travel policies. For example, modern accommodations and a good road network have increased comfort level. The ban on foreign visitors has been removed, making Tibet travel easier.

April 16, 2013

The British Mountaineering Council appoints the first hill walking development officer, Carey Davies.

Navigational errors due to underwire bras

The underwire bras impact the compass and other navigational equipment used for outdoor adventure activities. When the compass and underwire come into contact, south becomes north, making you directionless.

April 17, 2013

The Czech Republic planned familiarization trips to Jammu and Kashmir for its media persons and travel and tour operators to encourage Czechs to holiday in the state.

More tourists visit Tibet

Tibet Autonomous Region recorded an increase of 30.5% in tourist arrivals during January-March 2013. The number of tourists visited the region exceeded the mark of 300,000. The revenue went up by more than 31% in the first quarter vis-à-vis the corresponding period in the last year.

Famous and lesser known frauds associated with adventure travel

Bland, Alastair. April 17, 2013. Cheating Their Way to Fame: The Top 9 Adventure Travel Hoaxes.

This blog has a short list of the best adventure travel scandals. For instance, Donald Crowhurst, a participant of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 1968-69, gave up in the early stage of the race. However, he never informed to anyone about this. He never returned either. Christian Stangl, an Australian mountaineer, made false claims of climbing K2, the second tallest mountain, in just four days (base camp – summit – base camp) in 2010. To get more information about the claims of the fellow fraudsters, read the complete blog.

April 18, 2013

Eraldo Meraldi, a mountain guide, launches ski mountaineering to the pyramidal summit of Gran Zebrù (Königsspitze) in the Alps.

Revival of tourism in Nepal

Hamdi, Raini. Nepal: a steady ascent. TTG Asia.

The article records progress Nepal has made in the tourism sector after the People’s War (1996-2006). In 2012, for instance, the United States of America scrapped the Nepal travel advisory. AirAsia X started new regular flights to Kathmandu from Kuala Lumpur. Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), a luxury travel agent, reintroduced Nepal tours. Nepal introduced The Guerrilla Trek.

The Nepal Tourism Board is promoting the country as “the next-generation mountain destination for weekend breaks, adventure holidays and lifetime experiences for people who live in cosmopolitan cities and travel internationally.” To optimize the benefits of these positive developments, Nepal has to improve the infrastructure.


April 19, 2013 

Polices impact adventure tourism in J&K

April 19, 2013. Adventure tourism trade becoming sick industry. Greater Kashmir.–6.asp.

This news article highlights controversial policies of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Tourism Department. For instance, delay in inviting rafting tenders is affecting adventure tourism in Kashmir. According to the J & K Tourist Trade Act, registered adventure tour operators can only organize adventure tourism activities. However, this time, the department is also allowing excursion agents to host the activities. There are thus too many players operating rafting tours in two short runs, thinning margins to almost zero. The department defended its decision and opined that the adventure travel agents are not only afraid of competition but also ill-equipped for organizing the activities.


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