Round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for the week of April 1 to 7, 2013
April 1, 2013
Apply for ATTA Tour Operator Scholarship program
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) unveiled Tour Operator Scholarship program for an adventure tourism company in early-stage to expand the business. The scholarship consists of a free ATTA membership for a year (US$ 600), one entry pass to the ATTA Summit scheduled for October 26-31, 2013 and travel stipend of US$1,500 for airfare to the summit. Apply for the travel program before April 30, 2013. https://www.adventuretravel.biz/connect/summit/scholarship/apply/
Adventure tourism promotion projects in Sikkim
Seven out of twenty-five adventure tourism projects proposed under Central Financial Assistance (C.F.A.) scheme are focusing on Sikkim. The projects include destination development and building heliports in the state. Sikkim is aiming to host 40,000 foreign tourists and one million domestic tourists per year by 2015.
April 2, 2013
The youngest team starts its Everest adventures
Mount Everest expedition of State Lawrence School, based in Sanawar, Solan District, Himachal Pradesh, began on April 2, 2013. This is the youngest team in the world to attempt to climb the highest peak.
April 3, 2013
NZ introduces ASG for rock-climbing, canyoning and caving
New Zealand (NZ) introduced adventure activity safety guidelines (ASG) for three most popular adventure activities: indoor rock-climbing, caving and canyoning. The guidelines are essential for the operators undergoing a safety audit. The guidelines for other adventure tourism activities such as abseiling, high wire crossing, quad-biking and hell-skiing are being developed. Read full caving, rock climbing and canyoning ASGs:
April 4, 2013
Jammu and Kashmir launches tourism promotional campaign across various Indian cities, including Pune, Mumbai and Ahmadabad.
Adventure trips with celebrities
Zozi changed its focus from ordinary trips to celebrity-guided adventures, including a kayaking trip with a world-famous kayaker in San Francisco Bay. The high-end adventures consist of once-in-a-lifetime trips that are led by celebrities and experts. Zozi also raised ten million American dollars to expand the business. http://www.zozi.com/gurus
April 5, 2013
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) hosted a seminar “Tourism, Trade and Investment opportunities in Nepal” on April 5, 2013.