BriefATOAI and ATOM Host First Aid Workshop
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If you are planning all your year trips now, this is what you should know about GST and the way it will have an impact on your trips.
By now, you must be flooded by predictions pouring in for GST and its probable effect on your wallet. While most of the travellers keep away from number crunching, the coming of GST might have some direct implications on their travel plans. Part rosy, part not so rosy, its implementation is assumed to bring in a drop in economy class airfare, budget hotel stays while a hike in business class airfare as well as luxury accommodation options.
If you are planning all your year trips now, this is what you should know about GST and the way it will have an impact on your trips.
1. GST Impact on Airfare GST will impact tourism—this is how!Credit: ThinkStock Photos Economy class fans will have a reason to rejoice with the tax coming down to 5% from 6%, paving way for cheaper flights. But then, Business Class users might see a hike in the same with an estimated hike from 9% to 12%. Going by this, you might want to book your tickets to Ladakhafter July 1 and rush up for for that trip to Bangkok rightaway if you do not fancy the cramped leg space on long haul flights. And then, there is Paris.
2) GST Impact on Hotel Tariffs GST will impact tourism—this is how!Credit: ThinkStock Photos The speculated change of GST on hotel tariffs is again happy news for travellers on a budget. As per the estimates, hotels with a tariff between INR 1000 to INR 2500 will see a drop to 12% on taxes from the previous 15% to 20%.Going by the finding that hotels bring in chunk of revenue for the travel and tourism sector, this will bring in more money for sure. Luxury seekers, again, might have bear the pinch again as hotel tariffs between INR 2500 to INR 7500 will attract surpassing a flat rate of 18%; tariff beyond INR 7500 would see it soaring to 28%.
3) GST Impact on Restaurant Bills GST will impact tourism—this is how!Credit: ThinkStock Photos One of the main components of travelling, eating out is where you might have to shell out more money after July 1. As estimated, GST will add to the food bills, taking the tax up to 12% from 6% for non-AC restaurants and 18% for AC restaurants. Add to it the fact that GST will bring in 5% tax for smaller restaurants that have an annual turnover of less than 50 lakhs. Quite a steep hike, this one is where frequent travellers will end up paying more. With the three major travel components seeing speculated changes, you might want to work out an arrangement that includes flying economy and a budget stay rather than eating out at a non-AC restaurant in a typical Indian summer. Also, a big yay from the backpackers and travellers in for slow, not so lavish travel experiences! GST might just be the good news that you are waiting for if full time travelling or taking up a job that’ll make you travel is high on your mind. And yes, a slow groan from the luxury lovers; but then, travelling is not a cheap hobby to have, right?
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BriefIndia Adventure Week-22-30 April
DescriptionThe India Adventure Week is happening from April 22-30, 2017. Many companies have already listed their trips and are reaping the benefits of promotions for the same. Have you listed your trip yet? Don’t miss out on the opportunity - to enhance your brand equity, generate leads and promote adventure tourism in India. Read on for more. The India Adventure Week is a set of adventure trips and events that will take place across the country over a week, including treks, road trips, mountaineering, rafting, paragliding, caving, cruises, safaris, heritage walks, and the works! With many deals and discounts to make the experience more worth it! IAW is an event by the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) to draw attention to and promote adventure in the country. The association has tied up with Kunzum to curate and manage the event under the banner of #IndiaisCalling. This is a great opportunity to put India Adventure on the global map if we all join in.
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BriefYacht Rides at Hussain Sagar Lake
DescriptionThe Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) launched two new catamaran yachts for the Hussain Sagar Lake at Lumbini Park in Hyderabad. The yachts were inaugurated by tennis star Sania Mirza who is also the brand ambassador for Telangana State. The new catamaran boats have been procured from the USA and became available to ferry the public from yesterday at the Hussain Sagar Lake. The boats can accommodate 12-15 members per trip. TSTDC has also introduced the luxury ride package with these two new boats, which will be priced at Rs. 100 per person. Additionally, it has launched party packages priced at Rs. 2000 per hour at these luxury boats. The party packages will begin post 8:30 pm and can be availed up to 12:00 am. The boats will not only provide a luxurious ambience to tourists but also have a lower seating which is closer to the water during the ride. Speaking at the inauguration, Sania Mirza said, “I am pleased to launch the two new luxury yachts at Hussain Sagar Lake. I had a wonderful experience through the ride which brought back the memories of my childhood. The Telangana Tourism Corporation is very proactive in not only assessing the needs of the tourists but also introducing exciting opportunities for the local crowd. I am sure that the tourists will have a great experience with the new yachts. Source: https://www.voyagersworld.in/article/telangana-tourism-launches-yacht-rides-hussain-sagar
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BriefMysuru to promote adventure tourism
DescriptionMysuru Tourism department are planning to attract tourists to Mysuru through Adventure Tourism activities. They are aiming to introduce adventure activities such as water and aero sports. Plans are to open an adventure activity school to promote sports like hot-air ballooning, paragliding, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and para motoring. The tourism department is aiming to introduce more related activities, such as water and aero sports. Plans are afoot to open an adventure activity school to promote sports like hot-air ballooning, paragliding, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and para motoring. Also on the books are heli rides, which were introduced during the Dasara festival for a period of one month, will be a permanent feature.
BriefATOAI Fellowship Meet
DescriptionATOAI organised the fellowship dinner on 18th March at the Karma Lake lands in Gurgaon. The event was well attended by ATOAI members. A presentation was also made by Sky High on sky diving in India. The team also inspected the venue. Over 40 members of ATOAI attended the Fellowship Meet. The Karma lakelands arranged for a site inspection of their property. During the meet Capt. Swadesh Kumar- President ATOAI informed about the membership growth in the association. Mr. Ajeet Bajaj, Sr. Vice President requested all members to introduce themselves and briefed everyone present about the new safety guidelines being re worked by the team. He also informed members about the workshop which will be conducted by ATOAI inviting all stake holders to launch the safety guidelines. Mr. Rajesh Ojha- Secretary of ATOAI informed members about the next convention, which most likely will be held in Kerala in September end
BriefIMF Mountain Film Festival 11-12 February, 2017
DescriptionWelcome to India's FIRST Mountain Film Festival, an opportunity to see a number of short adventure films all originating from India. Through this festival the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) wishes to showcase the amazing adventure opportunities across India and also offer adventure film makers a platform to share their story. The movies which will be shown at the festival cover a number of adventure disciplines including kayaking, mountain biking, ice climbing, snowboarding, trekking, mountaineering, bouldering and rock climbing. Also in the list are movies on climate change and mountain stories. The films have been shot across India t various popular adventure destinations which include Sikkim, Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal, Zanskar, Gulmarg, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Western Ghats and Kerala.
BriefLeh and Ladakh- a trek to remember
DescriptionLeh and Ladakh is one of the most picturesque regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Also known as the cold desert, Ladakh is a barren wonderland full of jaw-dropping lakes, mountain passes and valleys. The snow covered peaks, and the panoramic views of the valleys are the most popular attractions of Ladakh. These sites attract tourists who visit Ladakh every year in large numbers. Leh which located in the laps of Himalayas is at the height of 11500m above sea level and is the capital of the Leh region. Large alpine deserts, as well as beautiful landscapes, surround this region from all sides. Take a trip to Leh Ladakh from June to September during the monsoon months and get absorbed in the beauty of the region. In Ladakh, there are regions which are nestled deep among the snowy peaked mountains. These almost frozen areas of the mighty Himalayas become the breeding grounds of trekkers from all across the globe. Some trails are known all across the world for its breathtaking beauty such as the 'Chadar Trek’. This trek is popular because of the thick blanket of snow which covers it throughout the year, is considered the world over as one of the most challenging and tricky treks at present. Once you start this trek, there is no turning around as the only way to conquer it is to carry one with the trek till the end through all the snowy peaks and the icy rivers. Why should Ladakh be your next vacation spot? • The wonder of nature- Located between the mighty Himalayas and the impressive Karakoram mountain ranges, Ladakh is mostly untouched by the modern world and unaffected by its hustle and bustle. It has a very serene demeanour and leaves lasting impression on everyone’s mind with its timeless beauty. Kashmir is credited to be the Paradise on Earth and Ladakh is no less a paradise in itself. In terms of the sheer scenic beauty of the region, Ladakh can be considered the best tourist destinations in the world. Some of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Ladakh include the Nubra valley and also the famous lakes of the region- Tsokar, Tsomoriri and Pangong. • Exotic food and cuisines- Ladakhi food are very similar to the Tibetan cuisine in terms of the flavours and the most popular food items are thukpa (noodle soup) and also tsampa, which is known in Ladakh as ngampe . The tsampa is particularly useful during trekking expeditions as it does not require any cooking. Another very popular dish of Ladakh is skyu which is a very heavy pasta dish cooked with lots of root vegetables. Like the other parts of the Asian continent, tea is very popular in Ladakh and is made using strong green tea leaves combined with butter and salt. The cuisine of Ladakh is very simple and at the same time very delicious. Every local café of the region serves momos that are delicate little dumplings which are cooked with different type’s of meat or vegetables and contain various spices and herbs. In this region, most of the surplus barley is fermented and converted into an alcoholic drink called chang which is drunk on all festive occasions. • The culture- Ladakh is home to the indigenous culture and practices of the Indo-Tibetans. Throughout the year there are various auspicious festivals which take place such as Losar, Hemis, Tak, Naro Nasjal, Dosmoche, Kalachakra and also phyang. These are some of the most vibrant and unique festivals of Ladakh. The more you travel to the remote areas of the region the more you become aware of the stories and beliefs behind the rituals the more you will fall for the region. • Photographer paradise- Instead of selfies for Facebook and Instagram, photographer, can shoot the scenic beauties of Leh and Ladakh to his heart’s content. The number of colours that are created during the sunset and sunrise among the mountains will take your breath away. For anyone who is planning to ride towards Khardung La pass or even further, carrying a camera along is a must. Conclusion The magical charm combined with the breathless beauty of Ladakh has been able to attract tourists for many years. From the snowcapped mountain peaks to the crystal clear lakes or the gruelling trekking routes, the valley of Ladakh has it all. During the months of summer, this region is thriving with vibrant and colourful trees and plants which make it very pleasant time to visit. Whereas in winter months the region is covered by heavy snow, and there is little contact with the outside world. But the journey is in itself an experience especially when it is on the bullet. So even now if you are still wondering whether to visit the Ladakh region or not, then just stop thinking and plan a trip with your friends to nature’s paradise.
BriefATOAI Fellowship Dinner
DescriptionATOAI organised the fellowship dinner on 3rd February at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The event was co-hosted by Madhya Pradesh Tourism and was represented by the AMD Ms. Tanvi Sundriyal. Mr. Pushkar Singh, CEO of MP Eco Tourism Board was also present at the event. Ms. Sundriyal and Mr. Singh made a joint presentation on the adventure and nature tourism options in Madhya Pradesh. She informed about various sites available for adventure sports activities in MP. As a part of the 2016 Tourism Policy of the state, they have launched subsidy scheme for Adventure Tourism, Water Tourism, Water Sports, Cruise/House boat, Water transport, Amusement Park, Light & Sound show, Laser show, Camping(including tent). More information on the subsidy can be obtained from their office in Bhopal. This was the first time MP Tourism has made a public announcement on the subsidy as well as land allocation offers for tourism promotion in the state. MP Tourism also plans to establish over 300 wayside amenities on National and State Highways at every 40-50 km stretch to provide quality rest, food and amenities to tourists travelling by road. They have three business models for wayside amenities. MP Tourism is very open to have discussions with potential promoters/investors in order to develop the adventure tourism segment in the state. The fellowship dinner was attended by old and new members of the association. On the occasion the ATOAI team shared their thoughts on membership drive, new website of ATOAI and skill development workshops in other states also.
BriefATOAI-MP Tourism 2nd Workshop
DescriptionATOAI organised its second skill development workshop in Bargi (near Jabalpur) on adventure & Nature Tourism. The second workshop had 22 youngsters from nearby villages from Bargi, in M.P. The program was conducted by the expert trainers from ATOAI. The students from first workshop are currently interning with ATOAI member companies. The objective of ATOAI is to create a pool of trained professionals for adventure tourism industry. The second batch of students are set to leave for the one month training at ATOAI member companies across various states in India. The students from Madhya Pradesh Villages are now getting an opportunity to work with some of the best adventure companies in India.
BriefMountain Biking in Darjeeling
DescriptionTourists have one more reason to visit their favourite hill station Darjeeling. Besides trekking and other adventure sports, they can now go on a cycle ride in the mountains. This is the first dedicated cycle park in any hill station in the country. On Sunday, the Hill authorities inaugurated India’s first mountain cycle park along a 20-km stretch inside a forest in the Senchel wildlife sanctuary. Adventure adventure such as zorbing, paragliding and white-river rafting are already being popularised in the Darjeeling hills. Cycling in the mountains has become popular with the locals and this park will come as a big boost for them as well as the tourists. Chatakpur is situated at 6,800 feet and is about 20 km from Darjeeling town.
Briefvision document for Dima Hasao
DescriptionTravel and tourism industry representatives came up with wide ranging suggestions to boost tourism in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. The discussions were a part of the initiative by the Department of Tourism, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, to come up with a Tourism Vision document for the district. Guwahati-based research think-tank, Centre for Development and Peace Studies (CDPS), organized the consultative meeting on behalf of the Council. More than 30 representatives, that included hoteliers, tour operators, adventure tourism professionals, and academics from hotel management institutes, attended the meeting. Director of Assam Tourism, Palash Barooah, and officials of India Tourism, also attended the meeting. Addressing the gathering, Kulendra Daulagupu, Executive Member, Tourism, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, spoke about the problems and prospects in developing tourism in Dima Hasao. He said that picturesque Dima Hasao had three of Assam’s highest peaks, abundant flora and fauna, diverse ethnic groups, waterfalls as well as megalithic remains of the past. He urged entrepreneurs to invest in the tourism sector in Dima Hasao that could act as the engine of growth in the otherwise under developed district. Some of the suggestions from the participants included organizing biking tours to the district, organizing calendar events so that tourists can plan their itinerary in advance and training local people in areas like hospitality (home-stays), adventure tourism and as tour guides. The participants also stressed the need for sensitization of police to make them tourist-friendly. CDPS will hold a similar consultative meeting at Haflong next month to be attended by various local stakeholders and Council and district authorities.
DescriptionATOAI's Honrary Secretary Mr. Rajesh Ojha was invited by the Ambassador of Japan to participate in an evening reception to announce 2017 as the Japan-India Friendly Exchanges year. The occasion was also used to announce the launch of a Indo-Japenese movie ( Love in Tokyo) to be directed by famous Bollywood director, Imtiaz Ali. Speaking at the event, Mr Suresh Parbhu, the honourable Railway Minister, GOI, Mr Amitabh Kant of Niti Ayog and the Japanese Ambassador underscored the need of exchanges between the two old cultures and the potential of increasing travel trade between the two nations by many folds. The Japnese National Tourism Agency has decided to open an India office to facilitate travellers visiting from India to Japan and vice versa.
BriefMinutes of National Task Force Meeting with MOT
DescriptionThe 1st meeting of the National Task force on Adventure Tourism was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Tourism), on 21st Dec 2016 at 1500 hrs in ”Manthan” at 1st Floor, Transport Bhawan, New Delhi. 2. Secretary (T) welcomed all members to the meeting and gave an over view of the adventure tourism in the country and reasons of setting up of the task force. JS (T) elaborated the importance of adventure tourism and also about the way forward for holistic development of adventure tourism in the country with request to members to share their views on the subject. Taking up the agenda points for the day, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATAOI) raised the issue of physical presence of foreign nationals for obtaining Restricted Area Permit/Prohibited Area Permit (RAP/PAP) issued in main road heads of State before entering into restricted area. ATOAI informed the Task Force that earlier, RAP/PAP used to be issued by resident commissioners of the respective state Governments which was easier but now some states insist for physical presence of the Foreign Nationals. This practice causes wastage of time and hardship to the tourist which is avoidable. In this regard current practice of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand Government was discussed; State Government representatives informed the Task Force that State Government’s existing mandate require physical presence of foreign n-ationals for the RAP/PAPs. As regards other SGs, Secretary, Government of -2- Sikkim informed that Sikkim issue on-line permits. Arunachal Pradesh also provides RAP/PAP without physical presence. MHA representative clarified that there is no condition from MHA regarding physical presence. After discussion on the issue Secretary (T) was of the view that models of Sikkim, Arunachal and J& K may be studied by ATOAI for coming out with optimal /ideal model and gradually all other state Governments should explore to move towards issuing RAP/PAP online after following the prescribed codal procedures. 4. Indian Mountaineering Foundation raised the agenda point of opening of the peaks in restricted/inner line areas with special focus on J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim. It was pointed out by ATOAI and IMF that as of now 130 peaks out of 4000 are open for mountaineering and there is need to open more peaks in order to compete with neighbors such as Bhutan and Nepal. They requested that open mountains below the height of 6000 meter may be declared as trekking mountains and should be opened for adventure tourism activities. Ministry of Defense representative raised the security concerns for opening up of more peaks. Ministry of home affairs informed in this regard that 104 peaks have also been cleared for mountaineering and notification is pending. After detailed discussion on the issue, Secretary (T) advised the concerned Ministry/Departments to explore the possibility to open up more peaks without compromising on security issues. IMF was advised to work with MOD & MHA on this issue. He was of the view that a sub group comprising of MHA/MEA/MOD and ATOAI can be set-up to go into details of this issue. He also advised the Niche -3- Tourism Division to keep all the relevant circulars of MHA/MEA/MOD in Division as lack of information/misinformation lead to confusions. 5. ATOAI also raised issue of strict regulations of Ministry of Forest and Environment coming in the way of adventure tourism as 90 % of their activities are covered by these rules with the result country is not able to explore potential of its natural heritage. Secretary (T) advised the members to identify all the issues for taking up with MOEF. 6. Issue of opening up of Air Strips for civilian aircrafts in the Himalayas with special focus on Kargil and Thois(Nubra Valley) for boosting Adventure Tourism in India was also taken up for discussion. ATOAI requested the State Government and Ministry of civil aviation to open more air strips for civilian aircrafts. Director, Ministry of Civil Aviation informed that it is up to the airlines to operate in remote areas and such decisions are based on commercial viability of the operations. Secretary (T) Government of Arunachal informed that SG has signed an MOU with Ministry of Defence and the same will be shared with Task Force. It was also informed by ATOAI that DONER Ministry also provides financial support for viability gap funding. 7. Issue of activation of National Aero Sports Tourism Development & Advisory Committee (NASDAC) was discussed and it was decided that meeting in this regard may be called. 8. ATOAI presented the minimum standards for adventure tourism activities and urgued for adoption by all state Governments. -4- 9. National Institute of Water Sports, Goa will come up with SOPs for water based adventure tourism activities. 10. Secretary Tourism also advised ATOAI to make efforts to hold ATTA event at an appropriate place and come up with reworked proposal in this regard. He also appreciated MP Government for the initiative taken by the state Government. The meeting concluded with thanks to the chair.
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BriefNational Task Force for Adventure Tourism
DescriptionOn the behest of ATOAI, the Secretary Tourism, Mr. Vinod Zutshi very supportively took the initiative of announcing of a National Task Force on Adventure Tourism for development and promotion of Adventure Tourism in India and to resolve the issues related to Adventure Tourism which includes safety and security of tourists. The National Task Force (NTF) will be chaired by Secretary Tourism. The team will comprise of Joint Secretary Tourism as the convener, Joint Secretaries of MHA, MEA, Ministry of Civil Aviation, MoEF, MOD, Ministry of Sports, Director- Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Principal- IISM, Gulmarg, Director - National Institute of Water Sports, Goa, President of ATOAI, Representative of ATOAI, secretaries of all states concerned with Adventure Tourism and Dy. Director General (Niche Tourism) “It is time for the world to look at India for more than just history and culture. We have deserts and coastlines, mountains and ski slopes, forests and rivers - there really is no country in the world that can boast of such a vast natural heritage. However, adventure travel is facing challenges on multiple fronts, across almost every region of India. Safety, accessibility, licensing and standards are the four pillars of any adventure travel destination and we have to deal with multiple ministries and offices to address these issues. The formation of the National Task Force on Adventure Travel will not only attempt to address these challenges, but at the same time, will be able to highlight our vast plethora of natural assets to international markets - which have till now been ignored. I’am grateful to Mr. Vinod Zutshi our dynamic Tourism Secretary, and his team for understanding the urgent need for the task force and putting this in place in record time”, said Akshay Kumar- President of ATOAI. “We are indeed very grateful to him for this, as this will give a very high powered forum through which the latent potential of our very vast field will be unlocked. It will allow the great geographical features of India and the adventure tourism opportunities there to become a focus for development and promotion through out the global markets. This in turn will make the field grow tremendously in revenues, helping Indian tourism to potentially double the number of international tourist arrivals in India. Further, it will lead to great economic development and job creation in the remotest regions of India. Further, norms and rules will be created for greater orientation towards safety standards to be established through out the country. It will set up the base for a great lead forward to the active and adventure tourism field in India”, said Mr. Sanjay Basu- Sr. Vice President of ATOAI. The function of the Task Force will be: • To draw up the short and long term goals and strategies for the promotion of Adventure Tourism. • To consider issues relating to Adventure Tourism, Special "X" mountaineering Visa for climbing, Opening of small air-strips for Adventure Tourism, emergency evacuation purposes and opening of more peaks for expeditions etc. • To provide necessary guidance to mountaineers ragarding security and sefety. • To make recommendations regarding need for Adventure Tourism promotion schemes and to coordinate with tours/travel operators for affordable & attractive packages etc. • To strenthen, deepen and broaden cooperation among all the stake holders in the field of Adventure Tourism, ensuring and promoting responsible practices in the industry. • To focus on the development of India's natural geographical features and its natural heritage in order to promote adventure, soft adventure, luxury and leisure activities in such regions allowing for creation of sustainable and eco-friendly tourism concepts, assets and activities. • Formulation of guidelines for enforcing of minimum safety norms to be made mandatory on the concerned states and the Industry as a whole. • Tax concessions to be considered for a period of time to allow the rapid development of this industry which has the potential for creating jobs and employment opportunities in remote regions of the country. • Develpment of training and certification programs through the adventure spots instituions focusing on adventure tourism keeping in mind both safety and sustainability requireents of the industry. • Recognise the vast potential that our Natural Heritage provides as an economic asset through Tourism. This wil include our Wildlife and Forests, Rivers, Mountains, Islands, Deserts and Coastilines, Back Waters and Deltas. • To monetise these assets through adventure tourism in holistic manner. • To identify and promote activities in categories such as wildlife, Forests,Rivers, Mountains, Islands, Deserts and Coastilines, Back Waters and Deltas.
BriefATOAI elects new team
DescriptionThe elected office bearers are as below:- PRESIDENT - Capt. Swadesh Kumar, Managing Director – M/s Shikhar Travels India Pvt. Ltd SR. VICE PRESIDENT - Mr. Ajeet Bajaj, Managing Director - M/s Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd, VICE PRESIDENT - Mr. Tejbir Singh Anand, Managing Director - M/s Holiday Moods Adventures Pvt. Ltd SECRETARY - Mr. Rajesh Ojha, Co-Founder - M/s Banjara Camps & Retreats TREASURER - Mr. Vaibhav Kala, Founder M/s - Aquaterra Adventures Pvt Ltd The elected executive committee members are:- Mr. Mohan Tickoo – Managing Director, M/s Kash Venture Travels Mr. Sanjay Basu - Managing Director, M/s Far Horizon Tours Pvt Ltd Mr. Vishwas Makhija - Managing Director, M/s India Insight Touts Pvt Ltd Mr. Anirudh Chaoji- Managing Director, M/s Pugmark Eco Tours Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Shashank Gupta - Director, M/s Rucksack Tours Pvt Ltd Mr. Vinayak Koul - Director, M/s Snow Lion Expeditions Pvt Ltd Mr. Akshay Kumar (Immediate Past President) - CEO - M/s Mercury Himalayan Exploration Pvt Ltd The ATOAI office bearer’s team aims to take the association to new heights. Apart from resolving issues for adventure tourism in the country, its main objectives would be to widen its membership base PAN India, making risk assessment for tour operations a priority within the membership, capacity building workshops in First Aid/ CPR etc for adventure guides, staff and for various state tourism departments, educational seminars and FAM tours for members, opening new avenues of new upcoming products under adventure & active tourism and creating pool of trained human resources available to the membership.
BriefATOAI Tourism Certification Program
DescriptionThe objective of the workshop was to provide ground level employment to the youth of Madhya Pradesh which fits in beautifully with the Government’s pro poor agenda. This program was designed for local youth in the villages and small towns of Madhya Pradesh who have an interest in tourism. At the opening of the workshop, Mr. Akshay Kumar- President of ATOAI said, "The adventure travel industry in India is facing a big challenge in producing adequate number of skilled manpower to manage and operate activities across states and regions. When ATOAI approached Mr. Hari Ranjan Rao, MD MPTDC, to start an adventure travel and tourism training program for the youth of MP, he immediately understood the need and agreed to work closely with ATOAI to start this program. He further added that MPTDC team along with ATOAI have worked tirelessly to start this training workshop in MP. ATOAI is privileged to be working with the Madhya Pradesh Government to conduct the first in a series of programs in the field of Adventure and Wild Life Tourism. Mr. Mohan Tickoo- Vice President of ATOAI who is heading the Workshops as Chairman Workshop Committee was also present in Hanumantiya, said "Tourism is all about providing safe and fulfilling experiences. The guide or instructor that leads a group can make the difference between a rich and rewarding experience that encourages other tourists to visit the area again or an experience that leaves a bad taste and leads to a negative impact on future arrivals". Mr. Tickoo also said, "The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) is committed to raise awareness at the ground level that empowers local communities to create their own product and offer it to international and domestic travelers. We are delighted to run skill development workshops for Madhya Pradesh Tourism and are sure that the local youth will be empowered for Wildlife and adventure tourism making a big impact and boosting their economy". The workshop culminated on 14th December in Hanumantiya where the participants were given an aggressive eight day training covering the basics of tourism, communication, wild life and birding, running adventure travel activities, learning how to set up and manage camps, identify and mange risk and last but not the least a focussed capsule on First Aid and CPR techniques. Each participant will be given an opportunity to intern with one of our member companies who will expose the students to ground level operations, said Mr. Akshay Kumar. This was the first of its kind workshop ever organised by ATOAI with a state tourism body.
BriefLifestraw offers a special deal to ATOAI Members
DescriptionLifestraw is pleased to offer a great margin and a special scheme to all ATOAI members towards sales of Lifestraw Products. Let’s start with the margin – Fixed margin of 30% + for sale of Lifestraw Products through ATOI members. 1. So, on Lifestraw Go Bottle MRP of Rs. 1990, ATOAI member price is Rs.1390, hence margin is Rs. 600. 2. Similarly on LifeStraw Personal Filter MRP of Rs. 1290, ATOAI member price is Rs. 890, hence margin is Rs. 400. In addition to the above fixed Margin, they will also be eligible for a special double bonanza: Scheme 1 – On sale of 25 units in a month, 2 units of LifeStraw Go Bottle Free. Scheme 2 – On sale of 40 units in a month, 1 Pair of Salomon footwear worth Rs.6899 Free. Scheme 3 - On sale of 65 units in a month, 1 Garmin Vivosmart worth Rs. 11999 Free. Scheme 4 - On sale 100 units in a month, 1 Suunto Core Regular Black worth Rs. 24500 Free.
BriefATOAI Annual Award Winners- 2016
DescriptionThe 2016 ATOAI Awards Winners 1. Best Adventure Travel Website - Adventure Nation, Gurgaon (Award received by Mr. Ajeet Bajaj) 2. Best Popular Adventure Camp / Resort – Atali Ganga, Rishikesh (Award received by Manoj Biswas) 3. Innovation in Adventure Activity a. Air Adventure - Flyboy Aviation Pvt. Ltd. b. Land Adventure- Jumpin Adventures Pvt. Ltd., MohanChatti at Rishikesh (Award received by Brig. S P Singh) c. Water Adventure- MV Mahabaahu | by Far Horizon Tours Pvt. Ltd. (Faridabad Delhi) 4. New Innovative Product (Eco Lodge in Remote location) - Binsar Forest Retreat, Binsar (Award received by Rajesh Ojha) 5. Excellence in Community & Adventure based Tourism - Pugmarks Eco Tours Pvt. Ltd. Pune (Award received by Anirudh Chaoji) 6. Innovation in “Adventure Travel”- based on Innovation, Strategy, Use of Technology, Safety Standards, SOP’s & sustainability - LifeStraw / A&S Creations · Awards of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award - Vasant Limaye( CEO High places management Pvt. Ltd.) 7. Hall of Fame – Mohan Tickoo, Managing Director KVT (Kash Venture Travels Pvt. Ltd.) · President’s Award 8. Game Changer in the Adventure Travel Industry - Decathlon Sports India – Alpesh Patel · Best Indian State in Adventure Tourism 9. Innovation in Creating Adventure Destination | Madhya Pradesh Tourism 10. Promotion for Adventure Travel | Jammu & Kashmir Tourism 11. Sustainability in Adventure Travel | Sikkim Tourism 12. Upcoming State Promoting Adventure Travel | Maharashtra Tourism
BriefReach Out and Donate for Nepal
DescriptionThe moment the earthquake hit Nepal, ATOAI started mobilising resources to help. ATOAI represents the entire adventure travel industry of India. We have been trekking, rafting and climbing in the remotest corners of Nepal for many years now. World aid is reaching Kathmandu and other larger towns in Nepal. However it is the remote mountain villages that need immediate attention and help. These communities have not only lost loved family members and their homes but they have also lost a source of income that comes through tourism. It will be months if not years before the tourism industry revives. It is our responsibility to not only provide immediate relief, but also to help in the long term to provide livelihood and alternate sources of income. ATOAI members and friends are on ground in Nepal and giving daily reports on areas that need maximum help and assistance. We will focus all our attention to these remote regions that need us TODAY.