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ATOAI Convention 2017

Adventure Travel : Future Challenges & Opportunities
14th Annual Convention of ATOAI
17-20 January, 2019
Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh, India

Adventure travel is redefining travel. The niche has not only become mainstream but is now leading it. A sustainable, responsible, eco-friendly world is increasingly gravitating towards the offerings of this genre whose core is now being defined as, Being in a natural environment, Learnings and Meaningful Experiences. And what the new adventure traveler is seeking is Transformation, Expanded Worldview, Nature & Discovery, Mental Health, Learning, Connections, Fun & Thrills, Physical Health, Unique Experiences and Meaningful Stories. These trends are becoming kind of a new movement and will have its implications on how travel business is going to be conducted in coming years, what will be its ethical underpinnings and how its will not be mere an activity but part of a personal journey and growth. This worldwide movement is also having its effect on adventure travel in India. We have now twenty odd verticals from what earlier thought out to be a mere congregation of mountaineers, skiers, trekkers, campers, rafters and Jeep safari walas. Now from Scuba diving to paragliding, motor biking to sky diving, Kite surfing to River cruising, Angling to Bungee jumping, Caving to Birding, Adventure Parks to Nature retreats….. the list goes on.

Beyond the Himalaya, products are being created all across the length and breadth of the country. Every destination is curating and creating its own adventure products. Newer adventure products and newer regions offering adventure products are populating the map. These are very interesting times for our industry. These new opportunities have its new set of challenges - Safety and sustainability, Skilled manpower and Right regulatory environment, Educating and developing the right perspective for the fraternity... To celebrate, highlight and deliberate on these new pathways and to give direction to what is increasingly becoming a new movement in travel, the adventure fraternity is getting together at Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh, under the aegis of ATOAI, from 17th to 20th January of 2019, on an invitation by the ATOAI, for its 14th Annual Convention. We are excited by the new destination and the buzz it is creating in the fraternity and are enthused by the widening prospects of adventure travel beyond the Himalayan frontiers.

ATOAI is ready to lead this movement.

ATOAI is holding its 14th annual convention this year in Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh from 17th to 20th January 2019.

The theme of the convention this year is - Indian Adventure: Future Challenges & Opportunities.

ATOAI started going to emerging hot spots in the country to showcase its potential as an adventure tourism destination bringing in focus the newer and established adventure products and exposing it to the adventure travel fraternity at large and providing networking opportunities with the local stakeholders.

Hence by going to Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh this year, our objective is to showcase the potential of adventure tourism products the state has to offer.

The convention will offer a mix of activities keeping the tradition of active tour operator’s along with a lot of brainstorming pulsating sessions, which may answer a lot of questions which arise on a day to day basis. Today’s business challenges need to be addressed jointly and understood in collaboration. The convention will be a one stop shop which no one can afford to miss.


Travel Trade Leading adventure tour operators, hotels, DMCs Tourism Boards Not only Andhra Pradesh Tourism as hosts, but expected participation from Ministry of Tourism and other state tourism boards of India. Bloggers, Influencers, Media will be invited to cover the event, and meet travel trade for stories in the future.

The annual gathering of ATOAI’s Convention is a vibrant mix that includes Travel, Business discussions, B2B Networking and Entertainment.


The annual gathering of ATOAI’s convention is a vibrant mix that includes travel, business discussions, B2B networking and entertainment.

Day 1 - JAN 17: PM. Arrivals and transfers to Convention Venue. Late afternoon Inaugural Session followed by dinner and cultural program. Overnight Araku.

Day 2 - JAN 18: Inauguration. Morning adventure activities. Sessions, marketplace and exhibition expo. Presentations on potential, incentives in Andhra Pradesh. Demonstrations through tea time. Dinner and overnight Araku.

Day 3 - JAN 19: Day of Adventure. Drive back to the convention venue. Time free for activities. Lunch. Post lunch focused business sessions and B2B networking time. Evening hosted dinner at venue. Overnight at Araku.

Day 4 - JAN 20: Early morning activities. Post breakfast last business session followed by Valedictory Session and closing with recommendations to State Government. Post lunch depart for airport or FAM tours.



The convention will offer structured opportunities for the travel trade and tourism boards to network for business development. These include networking sessions and a Buyer - Seller Expo where companies may take up table space to promote their products and services.

These include networking sessions and a Buyer - Seller Expo where companies may take up table space to promote their products and services.


2 Complimentary registration (Worth Rs. 13,000) twin sharing (Taxes as applicable)

Advertisement in ATOAI Tabloid (Worth Rs. 10,000)

Waiver in admission fees (worth Rs. 3000) to non-members if they apply for the membership at the time for registration

ATOAI Members Non – ATOAI Members Local Companies From Andhra Pradesh

25,000 (Before 10th Dec 2018) ` 30,000 (After 10th Dec 2018)

30,000 (Before 10th Dec 2018) ` 35,000 (After 10th Dec 2018)

15,000 (Before 10th Dec 2018) ` 20,000 (After 10th Dec 2018)

For securing your booth, please send a mail to


Delegates will also get an opportunity to go on pre-convention FAM tours offered by state industry players at a nominal cost.

This will further enhance networking opportunities for business development.



17th Dec 2018

Arrive at Vijayawada Airport.

Pickup from Airport and Drop at Berm Park – Accommodation

(Early arrivals can take Darshan of Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada)

16:30Hrs:           Boat ride to Bhavani Island.

                           Visit Bhavani Island

                           Laser show

                           Interaction with marketing team of APTA and APTDC     

18th Dec 2018

9:00Hrs             After Breakfast visit New capital region (Amaravati)and interaction with CRDA


13:00Hrs           Lunch at Berm Park

13:40Hrs           Drive to Vijayawada Airport

                          Reach Airport and Board flight to Cuddapah

16:40hrs            Arrive to Cuddapah Airport


18:40Hrs           Reach Gandikota - Night Halt - 70Kms

                          Dinner and Night Halt at Gandikota APTDC Resort  / TENTS

19th Dec 2018


8:00Hrs             After Breakfast visit to Gandikota Fort

                          Adventure Activities

                          Visit to Camp Site

13:00Hrs            Lunch

                          Adventure activities continues….including water Sports

                          And interaction with Academy of Adventure Sports, Gandikota team


16:00Hrs           After high Tea Drive to Tirupathi from Gandikota

20:30Hrs           Reach Tirupathi, Dinner and Night Halt

20th Dec 2018


 Early Morning Darshan of Tirumala Temple


12:30Hrs            Drive to Talakona Water Fall

                           Visit waterfall


14:00Hrs            Drive to Horsley Hills from Talakona

                           Reach Horsley Hills

                           Dinner and Night halt at APTDC Resort    

21st Dec 2018

Adventure Obstacles and other activities at Horsley Hills

Trek to Highest Point for Horsley Hills


13:00Hrs           After Lunch drive to Tirupathi Airport

16:00Hrs           Reach Tirupathi Airport and fly Out via Hyderabad.

                                          Itinerary (January’2019)


13th Jan 2018

Arrive at Vijayawada Airport.

Pickup from Airport and Drop at Berm Park – Accommodation

(Early arrivals can take Darshan of Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada)

16:30Hrs            Boat ride to Bhavani Island.

                           Visit Bhavani Island

                           Laser show

                           Interaction with marketing team of APTA and APTDC


14th Jan 2018

9:00Hrs                  After Breakfast visit new capital region (Amaravati) and interaction with CRDA


13:00Hrs                 Lunch at Berm Park

13:30Hrs                 Drive to APTDC, Dindi Resort


16:30Hrs                 Reach Dindi Resort

                                After High Tea, Boat Ride - House Boats


                                Night Halt in House Boat / APTDC Hotel    

15th Jan 2018

8:00Hrs                     Start from Dindi and visit Kadiapulanka (Kadiam)

                                   Polavaram Project or Coringa Mangrove Forest -(This option can be decided by APTA)                        

16:00Hrs                    Reach Kakinada Beach Resort

                                   Dinner and Night halt at APTDC Resort

16th Jan 2018  

8:00 Hrs                     Start drive to Annavaram temple from Kakinada Resort

9:00Hrs                      Reach Annavaram temple Darshan

10:30Hrs                    Drive to Vizag

12:30 Hrs                   Reach Vizag and Local Sightseeing,

                                   Dinner and Night halt at APTDC hotel Vizag


17th Jan 2018

7:30Hrs                       Drive to Araku for Convention.