Are new IT-savvy adventure travel entrepreneurs trying to kill employment opportunities for professional tour guides by developing platforms facilitating direct interaction between travelers and locals? As loads of free online user generated travel guides and crowd sourced travel information websites have already compelled traditional travel guide publishers to revamp their business models.
Innovative internet technologies have changed the way travel information is collated and consumed because the technologies have brought down the cost and time of collecting and publishing the information dramatically. The easy and cheap access to the Web led to a new world of free user generated content (UGC)-based travel guides (TGs), triggering competition between modern soft and traditional hard bound guides and creating new entrepreneurial opportunities. In view of the change, IT technology experts have developed different online travel guide platforms. A white label online custom travel guide uses one of these platforms to simplify the process of producing a destination guide of the choice.
Nepal earns substantial revenue from Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cards, but the tourism stakeholders worry about not utilizing the funds to develop the trekking segment and delaying the release of the royalties for the development projects. However, Myagdi district could initiate development of new trekking routes in March 2014.
Have you ever imagined renting the peaks of the Himalayas? Nepal is thinking to lease some peaks to private companies. In March 2014, Nepal also mooted other ideas to make Mount Everest a clean and safe place for mountaineers from different parts of the world: ban on solo climbs, new waste disposal rule, installation of a ladder near Hillary Step, and separate ropes for both ascending and descending mountaineers.
This winter Jammu and Kashmir hosted different events to promote tourism and lengthen the tourist season. For example, Gulmarg hosted National Ski and Snowboarding Championship and Snow Fiesta in February 2014. Pahalgam organized a snow festival, whereas a number of tourism stakeholders reviewed arrangements for the upcoming pilgrimage season.