With an increase in demand for active vacations, the adventure tourism segment is becoming more organized. And, professionalism is gaining ground. For example, in February 2014,
Ecuador Unveiled First Ever Adventure Tourism Regulation
The Ministry of Tourism, Ecuador unveiled the Regulation for the Operation of Adventure Tourism for the first time. The new regulation offers a standardize framework for local adventure tourism companies. All the businesses must comply with new regulation within the next six months. Although training of adventure activity instructors and tour guides come under the purview of the regulation, this segment has more time to comply: 18 months. A copy of the regulation in Spanish is available at http://www.turismo.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/02/Reglamento-Aventura.pdf.
Nepal to Deploy Security at Everest Base Camp
From April 2014, Nepal would deploy a team of security officials at the base camp of the highest peak of the world Mount Everest to prevent tiffs between the mountaineering guides and the climbers. The nine-member team would consist of Nepal police, army, and tourism personnel. The team would also enforce all mountaineering rules, maximizing security of the climbers and minimizing the chances of brawls that took place between Sherpas and the European mountaineers last year. Nepal also planned to set up security offices at the base camp of Annapurna, Amadublam, and Manasalu peaks in future to avoid untoward incidents.
Nepal Endorses Mountaineering Royalty Allocation and Distribution Guideline 2014
Nepal collects royalty from adventure tourists in various forms, including peak climbing fee, trekking permit fee, and national park entry fee. However, distribution and usage of the royalty was a bone of contention among various stakeholders. With the approval of Mountaineering Royalty Allocation and Distribution Guideline 2014 the royalty usage rules have been at least defined on the papers. A good news for local bodies! According to the guideline:
- 30% of the total mountaineering revenue should be directly given to local bodies. Prior to the guidelines, the local bodies required an approval of the Finance Ministry to get the share of the revenue. Allocating a part of the revenue for local development is a fourteen years old policy (drafted in 1999). However, implementation never took place despite protests by local people.
- The royalty should be used for
- protecting cultural and environmental heritage
- developing infrastructure
- welfare of porters
- adventure tourism promotion
- developing and upgrading base camps, trekking trails, and tourist roads
- The Tourism Ministry would distribute royalty as a subsidy through District Development Committees (DDCs). The ministry would also review the annual development reports presented by the committees. If a region receives over NPR 5 million in a year, preparing a regional tourism master plan is obligatory.
Welsh Seek Responsible Access to Outdoors for Recreational Adventure Activities
The Welsh mountaineers requested for access to the sea-cliffs for recreational climbing sessions. The challenging sea cliffs at Gogarth Bay and South Stack draw scores of the climbers throughout the year. Walking enthusiasts also like to ramble up to the cliff summits. This is one of the measures taken as part of British Mountaineering Council’s (B.M.C.) “Open Wales” campaign focusing on responsible access to the countryside for recreational adventure activities.