What is Turning Point in Tourism?

What is Turning Point in Tourism?

Turning Point in Tourism is an industry event to revive an interaction between Nepali and foreign tour operators after the 2015 earthquake. SAMARTH Nepal Market Development Program (NMDP) hosted the event in Kathmandu in the first week of July 2015.  A few American, Asian, Australian, and European tour operators participated in the event. The operators voiced their concern about the following:

  • Harmful impact of travel warnings on travel business, including need for high liability travel insurance
  • Lack of clarity about destinations that are safe even after the earthquake

They suggested measures to rebuild the confidence in Nepal

  • Develop infrastructure.
  • Improve tourism service standards and professionalism.
  • Promote cultural attractions, including festivals.
  • Simplify expedition / trek permit process.

The 2015 earthquake reminded of two major challenges of Nepal tourism sector: safety and quality. These will continue to affect the recovery of the industry in recent future. However, low-end trekking segment may recover faster than the high-end.  (Pankaj Pradhananga, Karma Gurung, and Sangam Prasain, 2015)

Is your country ready for adventure tourism? Check the 2015 ATDI.

Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). March 2015. Fifth Edition of Adventure Tourism Development Index (ATDI): The 2015 Report. http://www.adventureindex.travel/docs/atdi_2015.pdf   The latest edition of the index appraises potential for adventure tourism in developed and developing nations. The principal purpose of the adventure tourism index is to help in designing viable…

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Uttarakhand Tourism woos tourists with new and old strategies

Last month Uttarakhand Tourism took a number of steps to woo tourists that skipped the State after 2013 natural disaster. Here are some of the steps taken for promoting adventure, cultural, and religious tourism: 1. The Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge 2015   Uttarakhand Department of Tourism and Cycling Federation…

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VCSGPSY: a small prescription for ongoing profits

VCSGPSY is an acronym for Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Paryatan Swarozgar Yojana introduced in June 2002. The government of Uttarakhand launched the first self-employment scheme to make tourism a major source of employment and revenue generation. The prime focus was on developing transport facilities within the State. http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/utdb/sites/default/files/tenders/document/veer%20Chandra%20Singh1.pdf Tourism activities…

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Uttarakhand takes 15 steps to revive tourism

In February 2015, Uttarakhand took the following steps to revive tourism: 1. Himalaya Darshan by Helicopter Uttarakhand Civil Aviation and Tourism Department launched the Himalaya Darshan by helicopter from Sahastrdhara helidrome. The 45- and 90-minute sorties for a closer view of the Himalayan peaks cost INR 5,000 and INR 10,000…

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Adventure Travel News Diary: January 2015

Adventure Travel News

As per the UNWTO Global Report on Adventure Tourism (October 2014), adventure tourism is not mass tourism. Adventure tourism can be divided into two main categories: Hard and Soft. This tourism can cash in on existing infrastructure. The report also reviews certification, regulation, and safety standards followed by the segment.

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How much profit can adventure travel companies earn from snowfall in Himalayas?

Weather influences adventure activities, tourist flow, and adventure tourism revenues and margins during winter tourism season in the Himalayas.

Risk is a synonym of adventure travel and tourism. The risk is the attraction (challenge) that an adventure tourist try to visit (overcome) during the vacation. The snow based adventure activities are not for everyone. Thus, the market is small. A small market can generate limited revenue and profit.

If we are able to develop weather-proof eco-friendly electricity, transport, and water systems in the Himalayas, the mountains may draw more tourists, especially looking for soft adventure activities. Then only adventure travel companies can earn higher profits.

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Discovery and Launch of Adventure Trips in Himalayas in Nov 2014

The new short easy route may reduce pilgrim traffic to the old route, a genuine cause of concern for Uttarakhand. The current host mulls over strategies to retain the business. The state may introduce a sky-trek, helicopter service between Dharchula and Gunji villages in the Kumaon Himalayas for the next Kailash Mansarover Yatra.

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