Re­newed ad­ven­ture cal­en­dar

With 2018 be­ing de­clared the ‘Year of Ad­ven­ture’ by the Min­istry of Tourism, ATOAI plans to host events through­out the year to sup­port this and boost in­bound tourism seg­ment in the coun­try.

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Ad­ven­ture Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ATOAI) has got a new push and di­rec­tion since the an­nounce­ment of the ‘ Year of Ad­ven­ture’ and plans to take full ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity, in­forms the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Pres­i­dent Swadesh Ku­mar. He says, “The as­so­ci­a­tion has planned to host events or work­shops ev­ery month in dif­fer­ent states to bring to­gether the stake­hold­ers of this in­dus­try, share best prac­tices and do busi­ness. We have a mega event planned for April, called the In­dia Ad­ven­ture Sum­mit. We are also go­ing to con­duct the PATA Ad­ven­ture Travel Mart at Guwa­hati in Fe­bru­ary 2019. The ATOAI An­nual Con­ven­tion is ex­pected to take place in Andhra Pradesh, though the dates are not fixed yet. Through th­ese events we aim to grow the ad­ven­ture tourism busi­ness in In­dia; make tourism re­spon­si­ble, sus­tain­able and also hope to of­fer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as well.”

Te­jbir Singh Anand, Vice Pres­i­dent, ATOAI, be­lieves that ad­ven­ture tourism is the an­swer to grow in­bound tourist num­bers to In­dia since ad­ven­ture travel is not sea­sonal; one only has to change the des­ti­na­tion and the ac­tiv­i­ties and it re­mains a year-round seg­ment. Elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s event sched­ule for the year, Anand in­forms that they kick-started the year with a work­shop aimed at first-aid ad­vanced course and wilder­ness re­spon­der in Delhi where 30 mem­bers from var­i­ous com­pa­nies con­ducted the skill set spread over 16 hours in two days. “The as­so­ci­a­tion has seven other such work­shops planned through­out the year in var­i­ous cities like Pune, Ahmed­abad, Ben­galuru, Mum­bai, Chandi­garh, etc. Along with th­ese work­shops we are con­duct­ing our three­day ad­ven­ture road­shows pan-In­dia. ATTA’s Ad­ven­ture NEXT in Mad­hya Pradesh from De­cem­ber 10-12 will be an in­bound show where in­ter­na­tional buy­ers will come to­gether to un­der­stand In­dia as an ad­ven­ture travel hub,” he adds.

Te­jbir Singh Anand Vice Pres­i­dent ATOAI

Swadesh Ku­mar Pres­i­dent ATOAI

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