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.
Country Manager TripAdvisor India