Low safety stan­dards mar ad­ven­ture tourism

In­di­ans don’t have the same level of trust for home-grown ad­ven­ture op­er­a­tors and in­struc­tors whether in In­dia or abroad. The Tripad­vi­sor Ad­ven­ture Travel Sur­vey in­ter­viewed 1,000 In­di­ans, 50% of whom were plan­ning an ad­ven­ture hol­i­day in the next six mon

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In­dian trav­ellers have been bit­ten by the ad­ven­ture tourism bug, most don’t trust In­dian op­er­a­tors when it comes to high-risk ac­tiv­i­ties, a sur­vey con­ducted by on­line travel por­tal TripAd­vi­sor re­veals.

“In­di­ans have a poor per­cep­tion of In­dian ad­ven­ture sports in­struc­tors,” states the TripAd­vi­sor Ad­ven­ture Travel Sur­vey, which in­ter­viewed nearly 1,000 In­di­ans. Nearly 50 per cent of the In­di­ans in­ter­viewed said they will go on an ad­ven­ture hol­i­day in the next six months and 46 per cent said they would try out ex­treme ad­ven­ture sports. How­ever, over 50 per cent of them didn’t want to in­volve In­dian com­pa­nies or in­struc­tors in high-risk ac­tiv­i­ties.

While 75 per cent at­trib­uted their lack of faith to poor qual­ity and main­te­nance of equip­ment, 70 per cent blamed it on over­all low stan­dards of safety. As much as 51 per cent re­spon­dents clearly re­fused to in­dulge in ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties which in­volved an el­e­ment of risk, ei­ther in In­dia or if they were man­aged by In­dian in­struc­tors, even if it was in a for­eign coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Nikhil Ganju, Coun­try Man­ager, TripAd­vi­sor In­dia, “The sur­vey re­veals that the per­cep­tion of In­dian ad­ven­ture in­struc­tors/op­er­a­tors is abysmal among trav­ellers, with over 50 per cent re­spon­dents show­ing lit­tle faith in them for or­gan­is­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with an el­e­ment of risk-safety be­ing the pri­mary con­cern.” He adds, “The Ad­ven­ture Travel Sur­vey clearly demon­strates the In­dian trav­ellers’ en­thu­si­asm to add a dose of ad­ven­ture to their hol­i­days. About 53 per cent of sur­vey re­spon­dents claimed to be plan­ning a hol­i­day with the pri­mary pur­pose of par­tic­i­pat­ing in an ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­ity/ sport within the next six months, with most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from camp­ing and paraglid­ing to bungee jumping, sky div­ing and scuba div­ing.”

Al­though 47 per cent of the re­spon­dents pre-plan their ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, 37 per cent said such ac­tiv­i­ties are more spon­ta­neous de­ci­sions when they are on hol­i­days. Also, friends are clear win­ners as com­pany on ad­ven­ture travel with 72 per cent re­spon­dents claim­ing them as their first and fore­most choice. Un­der­stand­ably, the next pref­er­ence is spouses, with 47 per cent re­spon­dents want­ing to pur­sue their ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties with their bet­ter halves.

Nikhil Ganju

Coun­try Man­ager TripAd­vi­sor In­dia

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