ATOAI to celebrate 2018 as “The Year of Adventure Tourism” across the country
After the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) announced 2018 as “The Year of Adventure Tourism”, the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will spearhead various activities across the country to promote adventure travel to celebrate the year of adventure tourism. “The goal is to double the adventure travel in the country in the next two years,” said Capt. Swadesh Kumar, President, ATOAI.
ATOAI is aiming to have a series of events, roadshows in India and overseas, FAM trips for international adventure tour operators as well as travel media to mark the celebrations. ATOAI has already given a wish list to MoT for holding the below events:
1.India Adventure Summit in April 2018
2.ATTA- AdventureNext in Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh in December, 2018
3.Planning to bid for PATA Adventure Travel Mart and Conference in India for February 2019 in Assam
The association has adopted two trails; Stok Kangri and the ascent trail to Base Camp and Gangotri Temple and trail to Gaumukh, as a part of their contribution towards Himalayan sites for cleaning and maintaining.
ATOAI is working towards increasing its membership across the country from the present strength of 450 to 2,000 by the end of 2018.
ATOAI has also prepared a version 2 of the Safety Guidelines for adventure tourism. MoT has circulated these guidelines in all states, a meeting was held on December 27, 2017 where these guidelines were shared and discussed with the representatives of all Indian states. MoT has given them two weeks to come back with any changes/additions. After which the guidelines will be implemented across all Indian states.