AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015: An Effort to Place India on World Paragliding Map

AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015: An Effort to Place India on World Paragliding Map

 

A paraglider lands at Bir, a Kangra village located within walking distance of famous Sherabling Monastery (Yellow and white roofs in the left section of the image).

For the first time, India will host Paragliding World Cup at Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh from October 23-31, 2015. Ace paragliders from around the world will participate.

The Billing Paragliding Association (BPA) will organize the event. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will sponsor and promote the event.

 

Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015: Pilots Dress up Like Hindu Deities

Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015: Pilots Dress up Like Hindu Deities

 

A paraglider enjoys the clouds and the skies like a bird.
The Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA) and the Pokhara Tourism Revival Committee (P.T.R.C.) organized the 2-day-long Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015 in Pokhra in the last week of September (26-27) in Sarangot (1,500 meters), Pokhra. One of the top paragliding destinations Pokhra commands views of the Fewa Lake, green slopes, and snow covered peaks.

Sarangot was the take off point and the lake was the landing point.

The first of its kind event in the country promoted air adventures, including hot air ballooning and paragliding. Another primary aim was to tell the prospective tourists and travelers that the country is safe for holidaying even after the devastating April earthquake.

Highlight of the event was paragliders dressed up like Garuda, Hindu flying god, and other Hindu deities, including Laxmi, Paravati, and Shiva.

The country also offered free stay for some participants and free flying permit for foreigners.

 

How Does IMF Promote Adventure Tourism in Indian Himalayas?

M in IMF stands for money.

You mean International Monetary Fund (IMF)?

No, wrong guess.

It is mountaineering. Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

As the names indicate their geographical scope and purpose are different. International Monetary Fund improves availability of hard currency and stabilizes exchange rate of currency.

On the other hand, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, focus of this presentation, offers financial support for climbing, mountaineering, and trekking in the form of scholarships, sponsorships, and subsidized board, lodge, and equipment rental. Mainly for Indians.

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Design logo representing “Sikkim: Where Nature Smiles,” new tagline of Sikkim Tourism

Design logo representing “Sikkim: Where Nature Smiles,” new tagline of Sikkim Tourism

Tourism and Civil Aviation (CAV) Department, Government of Sikkim launched a design competition that justifies its new tagline: Sikkim: Where Nature Smiles.  The design should represent modern and traditional lifestyle of the state. The best two designers will get monetary prizes: INR 15,000 and INR 10,000.  However, unfortunately the competition is open just for local (from Sikkim) artists and designers.

The last date to submit the design is August 17, 2015.

The department unveiled the new tagline that matches its rich biodiversity and natural resources in May 2015.

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)

What does ATOAI do?

Adventure Tour Operators’ Association of India (ATOAI  http://www.atoai.org/), was set up in 1994, is an ambitious representative of the Indian adventure tourism trade. The association works…

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