Gurung Hill View Tower; tourism budget of 1,499.03 lakh…

Weekly round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for Feb 11-17, 2013 

February 11, 2013 

Kerala plans to promote water sports as leisure activity

Kerala planned to promote water sports as a leisure activity as an integral part of the fast growing adventure and water tourism segment. The State Government entrusted the National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS), Goa with studying potential for leisure-water sports, including canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing.

February 12, 2013 

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (J.K.T.D.C.) is building four more hotels: one each in Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Yousmarg.

H.P.  requests for National Disaster Action Force

Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) Government requested for a National Disaster Action Force’s battalion and mooted the idea of setting up State Disaster Action Force. The battalion would help in rescuing the mountaineers in case of natural calamity like avalanches, floods and cloud bursts, as the state comes within the earthquake prone zone five. The state would offer land and other help for the force.

February 14, 2013 

Nepal Tourism Board hosted a road show in Indore, India to draw tourists.

Himachal Pradesh Government proposes to connect rural areas with the well-maintained roads.

G introduces family holidays

G Adventures, a well-known adventure travel company, introduced over thirty family vacations that feature destinations from five different countries. The vacations are designed to meet needs of young family members like 2-12 years old. The new vacations also include Nepal and India.

February 16, 2013

Serai enters into adventure tourism market

The Serai, a part of Amalgamated bean Coffee Trading Company Ltd, enters into the experiential holiday market. The company based in India offers coral boat ride, white-water rafting, cycling and kayaking trips.

February 17, 2013 

The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation Himachal Pradesh has a budget of INR 2,258.74 lakh for fiscal year 2012-13. The budget consists of plan and non-plan expenditure. The plan expenditure budget for tourism amounts to INR 1,499.03 lakh.

Nepal plans to build Gurung Hill View Tower

Nepal planned to build a multi-storey view tower, Gurung Hill View Tower, in Panchase to boost tourism. The tower would lend itself to the views of the Himalaya. The word “Panchase” means “five seats”. At culturally, religiously and biologically rich Panchase, five peaks meet.

Nepal participates in TITF 2013

Nepal Tourism Board (N.T.B.) and local travel companies interacted with the visitors of the 12th Thai International Tourism Fair (TITF 2013) during February 14-17. The Bangkok based biennial consumer fair was hosted by the Thai Travel Agents Association.

HP accounts for 1.8% of total tourist arrivals in India 

Tourism in Himachal Pradesh and the way ahead. KPMG India and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The report reviews status of tourism sector in India and Himachal Pradesh.  The report appraised the state as a tourist destination. The key findings of the report include:

  • The  number of tourists in the state grew at compound annual growth rate of 14% from 2006 to 2010, whereas the number in India increased by 12.5%.
  • The travelers from the United Kingdom accounted for the highest number of foreign tourists visited the state in 2011, followed by that from the United States of America and France.
  • Himachal Pradesh received 1.8% of total tourist arrivals in India in 2010.
  • The state has undertaken various projects, such as International Paragliding Competitions and new tourism circuit development in Kullu to promote adventure tourism. Read the full report.


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