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Round-up of adventure travel and tourism and the Himalayan tourism and travel news for the week of November 4-10, 2013


November 4, 2013

 No Relief for Kullu-Manali Hotels

The National Green Tribunal (N.G.T.) refused requests of thirty-four (34) Kullu-Manali hotels along the Beas River to restart the operations, because the hotels did not produce proofs of having and maintaining proper sewage treatment plants (S.T.Ps). The hotels cannot run the generators either. However, the hotel owners claimed that they have fulfilled the tribunal directions.

The next hearing will take place on November 21.

In September 2013, the tribunal observed that the hotels neither set up S.T.Ps nor obtained permission to run the hotels along the Beas. The hotels also discharged the effluents into the Beas. The tribunal therefore ordered closure of the hotels.

[Source of Information: (2013, November 4). NGT refuses interim relief to hotels in Kullu, Manali. Hindustan Times. Retrieved from http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/NGT-refuses-interim-relief-to-hotels-in-Kullu-Manali/Article1-1146979.aspx.]

Launch of V Resorts-Rajaji National Park in December

V Resorts, an Indian offbeat resort chain, planned to open doors of the new resort in Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand in December 2013. V Resorts-Rajaji National Park comprises sixteen (16) modern rooms affording charming views of the Shiwalik Range. Located within easy walking distance of the Ganga Canal, the resort features a bar, restaurant, games room, and conference room.

[Source of Information: (2013). V Resorts – Rajaji National Park. Retrieved from http://www.vresorts.in/rajaji-national-park.html.]

“Everyday a different story:” a New Adventure Travel Campaign

Destination Queenstown and Tourism New Zealand planned a joint campaign “Everyday a different story” to promote adventure tourism in the adventure capital of the world Queenstown and attract more tourists during summer 2014. The new market campaign would be launched in Victoria and New South Wales.

[Source of Information: (2013, November 4). Tourism NZ and Destination Queenstown partner over summer. CIM. Retrieved from http://www.cimmagazine.com/cim-magazine-latest-news/tourism-nz-and-destination-queenstown-partner-over-summer#.UoCSJCf_kvt.]


November 5, 2013

Temple Committees Close Yamunotri and Kedarnath for Winter

The temple committees formally closed the temples of Yamunotri and Kedarnath in Uttarkhand in wake of winter that brings heavy snowfall affecting accessibility. The famous temples in the Garhwal Himalayas draw both adventure and religious tourists every year during the season (April / May -October).

Ambitious Expansion Plan of AdventureHoney

AdventureHoney, an adventure tour booking website set up in January 2013, planned to expand into the Malaysian and the Vietnamese markets by the end of 2013. The company would also venture into the Latin American market in the next year. The company would collaborate with tourism boards of Philippines and Thailand to launch advertisement campaigns.

The website connects independent tour guides from South East Asia to the travelers. The company however focused on Thai tours for first six months to test the platform.

[Source of Information: Powell, Rose. (2013, November 5). Israeli Defence Force provides the magic bullet for adventure tourism start-up’s launch. Startup Smart. Retrieved from http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/israeli-defence-force-provides-the-magic-bullet-for-adventure-tourism-start-ups-launch/2013110511083.html.]

NMIT Offers Scholarship for Adventure Tourism Programs

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) offers relocation scholarship for adventure tourism students from Canterbury, Otago, Southland, West Coast, and Wellington in New Zealand.

The successful scholarship applicants would get a fee discount of $1,000 for February 2014 programs.

[Source of Information: (2013, November 5). Adventure Tourism Relocation Scholarships. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Retrieved from http://www.nmit.ac.nz/nmit-news/adventure-tourism-relocation-scholarships/.]

November 6, 2013


Jammu and Kashmir Government promoted the state as an all season destination at the World Travel Mart (W.T.M.) being held in London during November 4-7, 2013. The state tourism department highlighted potential for adventure and golf tourism during the event. The department offered two special affordable packages for ski lovers and pilgrims. The seven nights and eight days skiing package costs USD 721 per person, whereas the four-night pilgrimage package costs USD 704 per family.

[Source of Information: (2013, November 6). Visitors throng JK pavilion at World Travel Mart. Retrieved from http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2013/Nov/7/visitors-throng-jk-pavilion-at-world-travel-mart-9.asp.]

What is OutdoorsMark?

OutdoorsMark, a venture of Outdoors New Zealand (ONZ), is an adventure activity safety system audit introduced in March 2004 in New Zealand.

The audit covers from a proprietor to big adventure companies. The auditors appraise the existing safety norms of the companies and compare them with the required safety laws, rules, and standards. The operators who meet the government safety regulations are honored with certificates.

OutdoorsMark certification is valid for three years.

[Source of Information: OutdoorsMark. Retrieved from http://www.outdoorsnz.org.nz/outdoorsmark.]


Outdoors Mark, New Zealand

Outdoors Mark, New Zealand


November 7, 2013

The Outbound Redefines “Adventure”

The Outbound Beta, launched in October 2013, believes risk is not the only element of an adventure. In fact, adventure means doing something new. The tagline of the website is “We Are All Adventurers.”

The adventure travel website presently offers an inventory of adventure trips to Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco. https://www.theoutbound.com/

[Source of Information: (2013, November 7). The Outbound Travel Website Makes Picking Up A Daring New Hobby Easier Than Ever. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/the-outbound-travel_n_4229440.html?utm_hp_ref=travel.]


November 8, 2013

Adventure at Mechuka Festival

Arunachal Pradesh hosts first of its kind 3-day Adventure at Mechuka festival to promote adventure tourism. During the festival, mountain biking, paragliding, river crossing, trekking, and other adventure activities would be organized.

[Source of Information: (2013, November 8). Adventure tourism festival inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh. Post, Jagran. Retrieved from http://post.jagran.com/adventure-tourism-festival-inaugurated-in-arunachal-pradesh-1383909776.]



The World Outdoors Summit

November 19-22, 2013

Rotorua, New Zealand



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