2018 has been declared as the ‘Year of Adventure Tourism’ by the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry in addition to the Adventure Tour Operator Association of India (ATOAI) has decided to promote adventure travel via maneuvering activities to rejoice the year of adventure tourism.
A succession of roadshows nationally and internationally, events, and FAM trips are intended to mark the festivity. According to Capt. Swadesh Kumar, President of the Adventure Tour Operator Association of India, the aim is to boost adventure travel in India in the next two years.
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has received a wish list from ATOAI which includes the ‘India Adventure Summit’ in April 2018, and ATTA – AdventureNext in Panchmarhi, MP in December 2018. Plans are being made by the association to bid for the PATA Adventure Travel Mart and Conference in India to be held at Assam in February 2019.
The rising trail to Gangotri Temple and Base Camp and the trail to Gaumukh and Stok Kangri are the two adopted trails for contributing towards the cleansing and maintaining of Himalayan sites. Efforts are also made by ATOAI to enhance its membership countrywide. The present strength is 450 and is expected to reach 2000 by the end of 2018.
All the states are made aware of the Safety Guidelines, version -2, which was discussed with the representatives of all the states on 27, December 2017. The guidelines will be implemented after any changes within two weeks.
It is expected that states like Tamil Nadu, which show up less on the map of Adventure tourism, will get a leap because of the increasing opportunities. This will surely render them to come up as adventure tourism destinations.
In ad interim, it is predicted that the travel and tourism market in India will grow with a compound annual growth rate of around 7.23 pc during 2016-2021. The reason for the growth is the increasing trend of wellness and medicine, the rising number of online bookings, and adventure tourism in the nation.