Weekly round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for January 28-Feb 3, 2013
January 28, 2013
TAAN proposes fee for treks not featuring in TIMS
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) proposed mandatory trekking permit for each and every trail running within the country. TAAN may charge Rs. 200 per trekker for the trekking routes not featuring in Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) from March 1. The association, however, needs the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation’s approval.
January 29, 2013
Nepal worries about snags in tourism sector
Nepali travel and tourism business community believes that increase in activities of trade unions supported by political leaders is adversely affecting the sector. Frequent strikes interfere with tourist movement. Poor conservation of natural and cultural heritage is another push factor. Illegal trekking should be curbed to ensure safety of the tourists.
January 30, 2013
The chief of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee mooted the idea of laying metro rail to connect Dharamshala, Nadaon and Palampur.
January 31, 2013
Amarnath Yatra Board increased yatra duration from 39 days in 2012 to 55 days in 2013.
J&K’s steps to attract foreign tourists
Jammu and Kashmir participated in a 4-day international tourism and trade fair held in Madrid, Spain. The state government is working to ensure that the current travel advisories on the state should be lifted. For instance, Britain and Germany lifted the advisories recently.
TCB appoints Charson
Tourism Council of Bhutan (T.C.B.) appointed Charson Advisory Services as its representative in India. Charson, a destination management consultancy based in Mumbai, would strengthen relationship between the Indian and Bhutanese travel tourism sector. The consultancy would develop new market segments, organize familiarization trips and workshops, and distribute publicity material.
February 1, 2013
Govt. plans to lay motor able road to Himani Chamunda Devi temple
The state government of Himachal Pradesh planned to lay a motor able road to the Sidh Peeth Adi Himani Chamunda temple. Currently, a steep 13-kilometer-long trek connects the new temple on Dharamshala-Palampur Road and the old temple.
Chandigarh and MoT plan to work with Dara on tourism projects
Chandigarh Administration and the Union Ministry of Tourism (MoT) planned to work with Dara Shaw, a consultant from Mumbai, on the four projects to increase tourist arrival in the union territory (UT). The projects include
- Expansion of Kalagram
- Beant Singh Memorial, Sector 42
- Regional Tourist Information Center-Paryatan Bhawan, Sector 17
- State of the Art Convention Center-Nehru Center for Performing Arts, Sector 34
The land for the projects in 17 and 34 sectors has been identified. Chandigarh is a vantage point to the Indian Himalaya.
ADB, GoI sign agreement for Uttarakhand development
Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India (GoI) signed $100 million loan agreement for Uttarakhand Urban Sector Development Investment Program. The fund would be used to create and improve urban infrastructure in Haldwani, Ramnagar and Roorkee. The infrastructure would contribute to tourism growth in the state.
February 2, 2013
ITM inaugurated in Chandigarh
The India Travel Mart (I.T.M.) was inaugurated at Hotel Mountview in Chandigarh. The 3-day international event featured various tourism products, including adventure tourism.
Whooper swan, waterfowls flock Pong Dam Lake
During January 31-Feb 1, 2013, more than 120,000 of waterfowl representing over 100 species were spotted in Pong Dam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Ramsar Site. The species include little cormorant, common pochard and bar-headed goose. The birds from Siberia, Russia, Central Asia and Tibet migrate to the lake every year. The rare migratory bird whooper swan was also spotted at the lake.
Government runs helicopter sorties in tribal areas
The state government of Himachal Pradesh offered helicopter services to the Spiti Valley and other tribal areas. In January, Shimla-Rampur-Kaza-Rekong Peo and Rekong Peo-Kaza-Shimla sorties were organized. In February, Bhuntar-Sangam sortie evacuated people from the Pin Valley.
February 3, 2013
NHAI starts repair work on Parwanoo-Pinjore by-pass
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) started repair work on 4-lane 10.5-kilometer-long Parwanoo (Himachal Pradesh)-Pinjore (Haryana) by-pass, which was opened for public in April 2012. The by-pass starts near Mallah Road (about 500 meters from Yagvendra Garden in Pinjore) and merges into NH-22 near Timber Trail (Parwanoo).
Nepal records double-digit decline in January tourist arrivals
According to Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), the number of tourists to the country via air recorded a fall of 15.9% in January 2013 as compared to the corresponding period in the last year. The fall is ascribed to drop in the number of Indian tourists, uncertain political landscape in the country and never ending economic problems in member countries of the Euro Zone. Read the full article at http://www.taan.org.np/newsdetail/tourist-arrivals-drop-16-in-january.