Top Indian attractions preferred by differently-abled tourists

  2010. A Report On Problems and Prospects of Accessible Tourism in India. Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.  This report reviews problems and possibilities in the Indian accessible tourism segment. This unexplored travel segment has huge potential. The study documents some of…

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Canadians Prefer America, Europe for International Holidays

 

Canadians Prefer America, Europe for International Holidays

rp_DestinationShareCanadians0608.pngAccording to Statistics Canada, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics (http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/ARTS37A-eng.htm), 50% of top ten international travel destinations visited by the Canadians during 2006-2008 are located in Europe, 40% in North and South Americas and 10% inAsia. Between 2004 and 2005, share of the European destinations was 60% and that of Asia was zero. However, the United States of America topped the list for entire period (2004-2008), Dominican Republic retained its 6th position and China displaced Spain from the list in 2006. The United Kingdom was the 2nd favorite destination between 2004 and 2005 whereas Mexico replaced it during the remaining three Continue reading

Adventure Market Competitiveness Pillars: Scope for More Components / Indicators

Adventure Market Competitiveness Pillars: Scope for More Components / Indicators

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and The George Washington University have jointly developed The Adventure Tourism Development Index (ATDI) that ranks nations based on ten pillars of Adventure Market Competitiveness.

The pillars are divided into three main categories:

Safe and Welcoming

1. Sustainable Development

2. Safety

3. Natural Resources

4. Health

Readiness

5. Humanitarian

6. Infrastructure

7. Cultural Resources

8. Image

Adventure

9. Entrepreneurship

10. Adventure Resources

ATDI covers a comprehensive range of factors affecting adventure tourism but it requires some more indicators, including tourist behavior, adventure activity-specific components and availability of equipment for rent.

Since maintaining adventure resources without tourists’ and travelers’ help is quite difficult, destinations shall also be appraised vis-à-vis tourist behavior. For instance, mountaineers do not bring back the waste from the peaks. A garbage trail on the Everest is an overt secret.

Only two indicators- Protected Species and Forests, Grasslands, Drylands- are used to define Adventure Resources pillar. However, it has scope for adventure activity-specific components such as number and altitude of peaks (mountaineering), number and types of rapids (whitewater rafting).

Many adventure activities require bulky and expensive equipment. However, if  quality equipment can be rented at the destination itself, time and cost of transporting the equipment from point of origin to the adventure destination could be saved.

Visits to Wilderness Can Revive Self-Esteem of Teens with Terrifying Past

Visits to Wilderness Can Revive Self-Esteem of Teens with Terrifying Past

Nature in raw state or wilderness is enthralling despite challenges it throws to people wishing to enjoy its beauty. Many people have dared and learned to survive it and health benefits of spending time within a wilderness area are well known. However, the U.K.-based Wilderness Foundation organizes trips to natural environments and wilderness areas for reviving self-esteem of teens with disturbing and frustrating past. Jo Roberts, chief executive of the foundation, has rightly pointed out (“Wilderness treks helping troubled teens in U.K” by Louise Tickle) that nature cannot be changed so we have to learn how to endure it. We can neither negotiate nor be angry with nature.

The Sport and Exercise Science Department of Essex University is testing the theory that taking disturbed teens to natural environments could act as a catalyst for a complete personality change.

Adventure Offering Trends: 2008 vs. 2009

Adventure Offering Trends: 2008 vs. 2009

The “2009 Trends in Adventure Offerings” by Xola Consulting, Inc. and the “2008 Adventure Industry Research Roundup” by Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) show that customized and family adventure offerings are growing rapidly.

Xola observed that some of the “specialty” adventure companies are opting for geographic and activity-based diversification. More number of adventure companies are developing multi-activity holiday trips- rafting, biking, kayaking and/or hiking combo packages.

ATTA reported an increase in sea expeditions toAlaska, Galapagos andArctic, women-specific trips and dedicated measures taken to cut down environmental impact and carbon imprint. “Frequent traveler programs” were launched to win customer loyalty. Read full reports at

http://www.xolaconsulting.com/blog/2010/01/2009-trends-in-adventure-offerings/  and

http://www.adventuretravel.biz/2008roundup.aspx.