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  1. ATOAI Fellowship Dinner

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    ATOAI organised the fellowship dinner on 18th April, at the Mapal Hall at India Habitat Centre in Delhi. The event was well attended by ATOAI members. Capt Swedesh Kumar -  President ATOAI welcomed the members. A brief was given by Mr. Sanjay Basu - ATOAI's EC member on PATA Travel Mart 2019. Over 40 members of ATOAI attended the Fellowship Meet. During the meet Vaibhav Kala - ATOAI Treasurer spoke about ATOAI convention 2018 and discussed about Accident and Risk Management.  Tejbit Singh Anand - Vice President gave a brief on Adventure Educamp and the workshop on Safety. Mr. Rajesh Ojha- Secretary of ATOAI finished the meet with vote of thanks followed by cocktail dinner. 

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  3. ATOAI Organises Adventure Edu Camp

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    Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) organised Adventure Edu Camp,the first in the series of Adventure camps at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai on 16th March'2018.

    The objective of the AEC ( Adventure Edu Camps) was to educate them to understand the adventure tourism products and to connect with the right companies for the promotion of adventure itineraries.

    The event was a huge success and had more than 70 plus participants from the Travel Trade Industry who understood the goals and missions of ATOAI.

    ATOAI will be planning more such "EDU CAMPS" in many cities very soon and we hope that everyone would take the advantage of the oppurtunity.

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  5. 7-day adventure training course at Bhaderwah concludes

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    The first edition of the 7-day adventure training course conducted by the JK Tourism Department, in collaboration with Bhaderwah Development Authority (BDA) and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM WS), concluded here on Monday with a valedictory function.

    100 adventure enthusiasts, including 70 from J&K and 30 from other parts of the country, participated in the week-long adventure training course and learned the basic nuances of Zip-wire, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, River crossing, Trekking and Skiing from the trainers of national repute.

    The course, which was aimed to promote adventure and winter tourism, besides train locals in rescue activities during natural calamities, especially snow storms, avalanches and flood, concluded here.

    The closing ceremony, in which trainees, officials of JKTD, BDA, JIM, civil administration, police, army, judiciary and civil dignitaries participated, was held at the Tourist Resort in Teligarh.

    The valedictory function started with the lighting of traditional lamps, followed by a musical bonanza and felicitation of participants, officers fr...
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  7. Adventure sports at Vizag's Yachting Festival

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    Vizag Yachting Festival in the city continued for two days with adventurous water sports and rides on the blue waters from IFR Jetty to Rushikonda. However, with the adverse conditions on the sea, the captains of the fleet expressed their dissent to sail the yachts. Due to the heavy tides, the captains also faced problems to anchor the yachts.

    The hospitality from the crew members attracted many tourists and enthusiastic participants. The yachts of Indian Navy and Coast Guard guided the fleet. However, due to the rough conditions prevailed, the captains not moved for second trip. Though six yachts arrived at the festival, two yachts were stopped due to technical snags. The organisers appointed fishermen as life guards by offering Rs 500 per day. Some of the fishermen boats also followed the yachts as a part of safety measures.

     

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  9. Tata Steel Mountaineers Gear Up For Mount Everest Expedition

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    The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation March 26 announced their three mountaineers for the Mount Everest Expedition 2018, which includes 20-year-old tribal girl Swarnalata Dalai.

    Besides Swarnalata, Poonam Rana and Sandeep Toliya will also be a part of the expedition. All the three mountaineers have been trained and mentored by seasoned climber Bachendri Pal, who heads Tata Steel's Adventure Program.

    The three will leave the national capital March 27 for Kathmandu after which they will start the trek from Jiri, which is along the route taken by Bachendri during her expedition in 1984.

    This will further help the climbers to build on their mental and physical fitness.

    Speaking about the expedition, Bachendri said: "Mount Everest represents the epitome of challenge that tests the abilities of human endeavor, leadership, strengths and weaknesses. The skills and expertise learnt for an expedition to scale Mount Everest helps the climbers to become leaders in their spheres of life and in contributing significantly to the community and the organizations they work for."

    "We wish the very best to our three mountaineers for their conquest of Mount Everest," she added.

    The trio has been trained to navigate extreme climatic conditions and to ca...
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  11. Army organizes 7-day Skiing Course

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    Army organized a seven day Skiing Course at Gulmarg for 60 young and dynamic boys and girls from all parts of Kashmir Valley in association with Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM), Gulmarg. An Army spokesman said the initiative is aimed towards inculcating the spirit of adventure in the younger generation, skill building and also generating opportunities for self employment amongst the youth.

    He said during the seven day course, participants will be exposed to introductory and basic skills of skiing. “The venture has been received positively by the participants as was evident from the enthusiasm displayed by them.

    The course will culminate on March 28 and a graduation ceremony will be organized wherein all participants will be awarded certificates of merit on successful completion of the course,” he said, adding, “Besides generating job opportunities, this unique initiative will go a long way in promoting tourism and in furthering the goal of peace and harmony in the State.”

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  13. Shimla cyclist David Kumar retains King of Shivalik title

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    Shimla cyclist David Kumar retained the seventh edition of the Hero MTB (mountain biking) Himalaya - Shimla race that saw Indian and foreign participants, the event organisers said.

    "David is the overall winner of the event, while Ashish Sherpa and Rakesh Rana stood second and third respectively," Mohit Sood, president of the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA), the local event organising club, said.

    He said 23-year-old Kumar retained his King of Shivalik title. German Sarah Appelt, 28, who rides for Hero Action Team, made it three on the trot and retained her Queen of Shivaliks title. David completed the race in five hours 59 minutes, while his nearest rival Sherpa took 16 minutes more to end the race. Rana was third in the race, just 48 seconds behind Sherpa.

    "I purchased a mountain bike three years ago just for fun. As I started cycling on forest trails and unmetalled rural roads in and around Shimla, I developed my passion for MTB. My journey for MTB Shimla started in 2016," Kumar said.

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  15. Ladakh bags ‘best adventure tourism destination’ award

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    Srinagar— Ladakh bagged “best Adventure Tourism Destination” award at the Outlook Traveller Awards 2018 (OLT Awards) function held in New Delhi.

    Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the trekking activities like Chadar trek on the frozen Zanskar River, hiking to Stok Kangri (6121 m) and Nun and Kun Peaks (7135 m), besides biking to Pangong Lake are popular activities attracting a large number of travellers.

    The Director said camping, double hump camel rides and traditional sports of horse polo and archery also attract adventure enthusiast from across the world.

    The department organized Kargil road show twice in the last year to highlight the potential of the region among adventure travellers. The Director said owing to department’s vigorous promotional campaign, Ladakh received record number of over 2.77 lakh tourists last year.

    “We have been organising festivals and adventure sports activities both in Kargil and Leh to make the destination popular among the visitors especially adventure travel enthusiasts. Many travelers visit the places in Ladakh on motorbikes...
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  17. Adventure NEXT heads to India in 2018

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    Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is set to host its first-ever event in Asia – ‘AdventureNEXT’ – in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from 10-12 December 2018. The event was announced during a press conference in New Delhi by ATTA, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board (MPTB), and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) on the 29th of January, 2018.

    A MoU to mark the launch of this event was jointly signed by Mr Shannon Stowell (CEO, ATTA), Mr Hari Ranjan Rao (Commissioner Tourism and Managing Director of MPTB), and Capt. Swadesh Kumar (President, ATOAI). A special logo for AdventureNEXT in India was also unveiled during the ceremony.


    ATOAI signing MOU for two Heritage sites.

    At the event, Mr Shannon Stowell spoke about the contributions of adventure t...
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  19. Paddle expedition aims to spread river protection message

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    A two-day paddle expedition, co-sponsored by Kochi Muziris Heritage Project, will try to create awareness and spreading the message of river cleaning while giving a boost to the state's responsible tourism initiative.

    The two-day expedition will start from the Port of Muziris near Kottapuram Jetty and end at Marine Drive (near Ernakulam Jetty). The kayakers will cover a total distance of 40km while passing through important Muziris destinations on the route. "The expedition - akin to the ones that were conducted in Chaliyar River with the aim of spreading awareness about the importance of keeping the river clean - will try to develop a sense of responsibility among people to keep the river clean. It is also an attempt to change the working model of river tourism here, by combining adventure and heritage tourism through paddling and kayaking via national waterway 3 that passes through the Muziris port," said the manager of Jellyfish Watersports, the organization that will conduct the event on January 19 and 20.

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  21. CTB TO HOLD ANOTHER CYCLE RALLY FROM FEB 10 TO PROMOTE ADVENTURE TOURISM

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    The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) with a view to promoting adventure tourism will be organising yet another two-day ‘Cycle rally’ from February 10.

    The rally is being organised in joint association with ‘Today Raipur Cycle Club’.

    The rally will commence from Kawardha district headquarters at 11 am and would travel through Bhoramdev and reach Saroda-Dhadhar while covering a distance of 45 km, officials informed.

    Notably, CTB opened its Saroda Dadar Resort for the tourists in January last year.

    Two gates -Mukki and Sarhi- of the Kanha National Park are located at a distance of 50 kilometres from the resort. Baiga tribals reside near this resort.

    The 12-room resort is ideal for the pilgrims visiting Bor...
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  23. World's First Ever Under Water Movie Audio Launch

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    There is no doubt that movies and the life of celebrities influence us. And for ages, we have been inspired by the beautiful messages that the entertainment industry has shown us. In what is perhaps a first, the team of the Malayalam movie Kalyanam is taking a stand for a cause in a unique way.

    The music launch for the upcoming movie Kalyanam, starring Shravan Mukesh and Varsha Bollamma is going to be a trendsetter of sorts. For one, it will be held underwater and two, it is the way these champions of the entertainment industry are going to promote the cause of ocean conservation.

    The music launch for the movie will be held underwater off the Kovalam coast. The lead actors, Shravan Mukesh and Varsha Bollamma will join, Mukesh, Prakash Alex (Music Director), cast and crew of the movie along with a group of other dignitaries from all walks of life by diving into the depths...
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  25. Tourism dept organised Ice-Climbing at Pahalgam

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    The department of tourism Kashmir in collaboration with Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports organised day ice-climbing at Chandanwari in Pahalgam in which many trained mountaineers from Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club and Glacier Trekking, Mountaineering and Hiking Club participated. Chief Executive Officer, Pahalgam Development Authority, Mushtaq Ahmad Simnani flagged off the climbers on December 29, 2017.

    According to an official handout, only regular climbers are making attempts to climb 60-feet ice-fall at Phrislan in Chandanwari to make it a popular activity in Kashmir and to attract adventure lovers from across the globe.

    Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said this extreme adventure sports activity has an international appeal which can attract adventure lovers from across the globe.

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  27. Gulmarg Celebrates World Snow Day

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    Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) in association with India Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) celebrated "World Snow Day" at Gulmarg.

    World snow day is celebrated all over the world to bring children to snow and to promote snow sports in our future generations.

    IISM under the MOT celebrates World Snow Day every year. A spokesperson said that this year 90 children from Kashmir and many from other parts of the country participated for the celebration under IISM Gulmarg.

    "Institute organized freeskiing training for all the participants. Many children were accompanied by their parents who were also given exposure to snow sports," the spokesperson said

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  29. Bharat Parv gives a fillip to ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project

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    ‘Bharat Parv’ concluded at the Red Fort (Lal Quila), Delhi on January 31, 2018, in the presence of K J Alphons, minister of state (I/C) for tourism and Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (I/C) for cultureure Tourism demonstrated at Adventure Sports Expo Asia 2018

    ‘Bharat Parv’ concluded at the Red Fort (Lal Quila), Delhi on January 31, 2018, in the presence of K J Alphons, minister of state (I/C) for tourism and Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (I/C) for culture. The Parv was organised by the ministry of tourism, Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi recently.

    During the closing ceremony, under ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ project, Letters of Intent for 40 monuments to nine agencies of Phase-II and Letters of Intent for 22 monuments to eight agencies of Phase-III were handed over by the minister of culture and the minister of tourism. Ministry of tourism in co...
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  31. Kerala to re-brand as ‘Land of Adventure tourism’

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    Kerala is aiming to re-brand itself as a ‘Land of Adventure’ to increase tourist arrivals – both foreign and domestic in the next five years.

    The state was targeting the increase of foreign and domestic tourist arrivals by 100 percent and 50 percent respectively in the next five years, a tourism department press release said.

    Kerala showcased its unexplored destinations and adventure tourism hot spots at the silver jubilee edition of SATTE-South Asia’s leading travel and tourism exhibition in New Delhi.

    On the rebranding of Kerala, Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran said that over the years, the industry had changed rapidly with visitors preferring to go beyond the historic temples, monuments and modern sights.

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  33. IISM Gulmarg completes first course

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    Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) at Gulmarg completed its first winter course in which 80 students from various parts of the country participated. Mahmood Ahmad Shah, KAS, Director Tourism Kashmir was the chief guest on this occasion who gave away the certificates and medals to the winners of various events.

    Principal IISM, JS Dhillon welcomed the chief guest and briefed him about the various activities being undertaken by the Institute. He said we are lucky to get a good snowfall in December which enabled us to complete the first courses successfully. Many students were from Delhi, Bangalore, Kerala, Uttrakhand, U.P and Mumbai. He said IISM will be conducting 05 more skiing courses which have already been booked by students. IISM is very popular Institute of the Nation and plays a very vital role to promote tourism in the state of J&K.

    The main aim of these courses is to develop a skill of skiing ...
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  35. ATOAI Workshops

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    ATOAI held its first in the series of multiple Advanced First Aid Training Workshop of the year 2018 on 9th & 10th January for its members. The workshop was held in Gurgaon where 23 participants from 11 companies took part in the two-day workshop.

    The course content contained

    • Introduction to Emergency Medical Services
    • Role & Well Being of an Emergency Responder
    • Medical Emergencies
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  37. Delhi to host India’s first ever Adventure Sports Expo from January 27 and 29

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    RN Sports Marketing in collaboration with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will organise India’s first ever Adventure Sports Expo in Delhi between January 27 and 29, 2018. To be held at Four Points by Sheraton New Delhi, the Adventure Sports Expo Asia will see around 60 adventure gear brands from across the globe exhibiting their products. The organisers are expecting around 500 delegates from both India, South Asia and other parts of the world participating in the three-day exhibition and conference.

    Speaking at a media briefing, Rishi Narain, Founder & MD, RN Sports Marketing said that the objective behind the show is to promote India and Indian adventure to Indian people. He said that Indian people have just started exploring outdoors and therefore a show like this to share best practices in adventure sports and tourism is quite timely. “We will also have an activity zone where we will have zip lining, wall climbing, sky-diving machine, Segway, etc. within the constraints of space,” he said. He said that experts in adventu...
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  39. The Year of Adventure Tourism

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    On the behest of ATOAI, MOT announced 2018 as “The Year of Adventure Tourism”. The Association will spearhead various activities across the country to promote adventure travel to celebrate the year of adventure tourism. “The goal is to double the adventure travel in the country in the next two years.” Said Capt. Swadesh Kumar-President ATOAI on the announcement.

    For past few years, the focus of ATOAI has been creating widespread awareness about adventure tourism being one of the important facets of tourism in the country and the need to promote India as one of the most popular adventure tourism destinations in the world.  India as an adventure tourism destination has grown in popularity both in the domestic and international market. The celebration of 2018 as Year of Adventure Tourism will greatly help in achieving the goals which ATOAI has set.

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  41. Omar praises India’s first ever ski medal winner

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    Abdullah himself an adventure sports lover took to Twitter to express his happiness. “Congratulations, well done. May you have much more success in the years ahead,” tweeted Abdullah.

    Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah congratulated skier Aanchal Thakur for winning first ever medal for India in International skiing. Thakur has won a bronze medal in Federation International Ski Race (FIS) at Turkey.

    Abdullah himself an adventure sports lover took to Twitter to express his happiness. “Congratulations, well done. May you have much more success in the years ahead,” tweeted Abdullah. 21-year old Thakur from Himachal Pradesh’s Manali hill station has become the first Indian to win a medal for her country.

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  43. Anand Mahindra hints at launching 'shiny' new BSA motorcycle in India

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    Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), has given a 'Christmas gift' to all adventure motorcycle enthusiasts - a "shiny" new motorcycle from the company's BSA brand. Though date and time of the launch of this new category motorcycle isn't confirmed yet, it surely is good news for those who are looking for something other than Royal Enfield or Bajaj Auto's Dominar. Mahindra and Mahindra subsidiary Classic Legends had acquired UK's motorcycle firm BSA in October 2016. The Indian adventure motorcycle market has been flooded with new launches in the recent past, giving the market leader Royal Enfield a tough time. Presently Royal Enfield holds 90 per cent of the adventure motorcycle marketshare.

    The India auto maker is reportedly working on the new model for the Indian market. From the mid-1930 through the early 1960's, BSA was the world's largest producer of motorcycles. The entry of once-famous British motorcycle brand through M&M has once again brought hopes for the loss-making Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited (MTWL); the subsidiary reported Rs ...
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  45. Assamese adventurer pedals floating cycle to clear Thames litter

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    Assam's Dhruv Boruah loves adventures with a purpose and to generate awareness about plastic pollution, he made a special floating bicycle from bamboo and pedalled down the Thames river in the UK to clear litter.

    He cycled 150 miles (241 km approximately) from Lechlade, Gloucestershire to Tower Bridge near London for nine days in September and collected things such as plastic bottles, cups and glasses, chocolate wrappers, milk bottles and even a packet of chicken breasts.

    "It was not all of a sudden. It was a gradual process. I have always loved adventure but adventure with a purpose. I love ocean racing and once while sailing from London to Brazil, I saw how the waters are exposed to plastic litter," Boruah, who hails from Dhemaji district of Assam and is now based in London.

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  47. Top 5 Water Sports in Kerala You Can Enjoy

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    1. Kayaking

    It's is an adventure sport taking you on an off beaten path, except that in kayaking, your adventure is on the sea/river. This sport provides the best opportunity for sports lovers to come up close with nature. Paddling through amazing seaweeds, exploring offshore islands, and travelling through canopied waterways makes kayaking a truly an exciting adventure sport. The Kerala backwaters are a vast network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, with navigable waterways spanning 900 kilometres! People of the region to this day rely on this web of waterways to get around and move goods. Kayaking through the backwaters gives you the opportunity to observe backwater village life from close quarters.

    Types of kayaking in Kerala

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  49. Script your adventure in Karnataka this year

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    Tourists visiting the state this year will be encouraged to explore the numerous experiences that Karnataka has to offer, ranging from beaches and hill stations to adventure tourism and road trip destinations. The Tourism Department on Monday announced ‘Script Your Adventure’ as the theme for 2018 which will replace last year’s theme of ‘Year of the Wild’.

    The new theme was announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and will complement the state’s tagline ‘One State, Many Worlds’. Speaking during the launch, Siddaramaiah said, “Karnataka has a plethora of rich offerings for you to enjoy. Be it heritage, culture, nature, beaches or wildlife. On behalf of the people of Karnataka, I extend a warm welcome to all to this beautiful state to script your adventure.”

    Explaining the theme, Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge sa...
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  51. Triumph Motorcycles plans an aggressive 2018; To launch 4 new bikes in India

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    Triumph Motorcycles also aims at 90 percent localisation of its products assembled in India. The company is also expanding its reach in India especially in Tier 2 cities and aims more sales from these cities.

    Indian-arm of British premium motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles has had a successful run in India so far with decent sales and more importantly building the brand in India and the company now plans to launch four new motorcycles in India in 2018. Aiming double-digit growth next year, Triumph Motorcycles will launch its bigger adventure bike Tiger 1200 followed by Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster then the younger Tiger 800 and will launch the all-new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple towards the end of 2018. The company also aims at 90 percent localisation of its products assembled in India. The company is also expanding its reach in India especially in Tier 2 cities and aims more sales from these cities. "Our target for next year is that 10-15 percent of our total sales should come from tier-II cities," Tr...
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  53. Centre open to reviewing coastal regulation norms to promote

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    The environment ministry was open to reviewing the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guidelines, one of its top officials said.

    Arun Kumar Mehta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, said they were also considering allowing "sustainable" and "responsible" tourism activities in the natural heritage zones, many of which were in the coastal regions.

    "The ministry is open to reviewing the CRZ guidelines. We are also considering (allowing) responsible and sustainable adventure and eco-tourism activities in the natural heritage zones of the country,".

    Mehta was speaking at the "National Seminar on Adventure Tourism" here.

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  55. You can now go scuba diving at Kaup beach

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    Offerring a fillip to its tourism sector, the Udupi district administration joined hands with India’s premier scuba diving company, West Coast Adventures, to introduce a scuba diving facility at Kaup beach.

    They will offer unique experiences to adventure sports enthusiasts and people who are seeking an unparalleled experience of being underwater watching coral reef and fish.CEO and founder of West Coast Adventures Pawan Shourie told: “We are thrilled to be part of this initiative taken by the Karnataka government by offering an exciting option to their tourists who seek a scuba diving experience in India which is on par with global standards.”

    “People will be ferried to the dive site, about 30 minutes away. We will offer some of the best underwater experiences that will be led by a group of skilled and passionate instructors at an initial offer pr...
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  57. MoEFCC shows readiness to review regulatory framework facing Tourism

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    Participating in the National Seminar on Adventure Tourism organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Delhi, Arun Kumar Mehta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said that the present government is open to review regulatory framework including the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) without diluting the spirit of sustainable environment. He cited the relaxation that the Ministry has given to beach shacks in Goa as an instance of tourism-friendly regulations. Agreeing that India holds huge potential for coastal tourism, he said that it can be tapped without hampering the environment. He urged the tourism industry present the details of the provisions which is hampering the tourism growth in the country for necessary review by the government.

    Inaugurating the seminar, Satyajeet Rajan, Director General-Tourism, Government of India said that adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing segment of tourism globally because of the aspirational GenZ who look to explore op...
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  59. Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee gets IMF award

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    Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee, who is also an acclaimed mountaineer was presented with the 'Life Time Achievement Award' by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

    Banerjee was presented the award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades.

    The former sports journalist has made invaluable contribution in promotion of mountaineering and allied adventure activities in various media besides his service in spreading the spirit of adventure activities among the under privileged.

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  61. Tourism dept to train youth in adventure sports

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    The state tourism department will provide training to local youths in the districts in adventure activities such as rafting, paragliding etc. "Owner of a rafting company in Rishikesh, Yusuf Zaheer, said, "Tons, Kali and Yamuna rivers are excellent for rafting." "Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat , secretary of Uttarakhand Rafting, Kayaking and Canoeing Association, said, "Our association has already taken lead in holding water sports in rivers in Kedarnath and Rudraprayag valley, such as Mandakini, Alaknanda and Madhu Ganga rivers. "Chand said that rivers like Kali, Sharda, Saryu, Tons, Kosi, Bhagirathi, Yamuna, Gori, Pinder and Ramaganga have been identified to promote water sports such as rafting, kayaking, canoeing etc.Shankar Singh, secretary of Paragliding Association of India, said,

    "The trained youth will be able to start their own tourism venture when many new opportunities open up. The training is part of a project under which the state government will open new destinations for water sports, aero sports and ot...
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  63. Artificial rock climbing wall in city to boost adventure tourism

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    In a bid to promote adventure tourism in the region, the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati, will set up an artificial rock climbing wall under the guidance of the Assam Mountaineering Association (AMA).“An artificial rock climbing wall is all set to be commissioned on the IIE campus here. There has been a rapid rise in the adventure and travel tourism sector. Many people have started businesses in these two sectors in recent times,” said IIE Director Manoj Kr Das.

    “With rock climbing being officially included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the sport is likely to grow from here. This artificial rock climbing wall will provide the platform for various mountaineering associations, enthusiasts and students to conduct training camps.”

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had approved a package of new events including baseball/softb...
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  65. Hero XPulse: Launch Adventure Motorcycle 2018 in India

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    With the entry-level adventure motorcycle segment now another automobile gadget is having limelight and plenty of eyeballs at the Indian market. The bike which is all set to launches in the coming days is known as the Hero MotoCorp which is aim to tap the segment with a new motorcycle – Hero XPulse. Hero XPulse is touted as the Adventure Motorcycle, this is so as the Hero XPulse is actually an adventure-oriented motorcycle made its official debut at EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last month on this 2017.

    A report coming from the market sources says that it is believed that the company is all set to be launching the production version of XPulse concept in India by mid next year. The forthcoming Hero XPulse motorcycle is a slightly bigger version of Impulse motorcycle that is now going discontinued from the domestic market. This is a new adventure model coming directly from the Hero MotoCorp that is all set to launch the all-new product which is all set to powered by a new 200 cc, single-cylinder, air-coole...
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  67. India’s first Adventure Sports Academy to come up in Kadapa

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    India’s first Adventure Sports Academy is all set to come up at Gandikota in Kadapa district. The cost for the entire project has been estimated at a whopping Rs 271 crore. This academy will foster adventure sports on land, water, and air. Eventually, the officials will zero down on three locations to organise these activities on a much larger scale.

    It has been learned that the government of Andhra Pradesh has struck a deal with Shekhar Babu Bachinepally. Shekhar is acknowledged for mentoring many mountaineers in India. A report in Times of India quoted state tourism secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena saying, “Andhra Pradesh, with its unique geographical features, has every kind of terrain for adventure activities on air, water, and land. As adventure activities are entirely different from other sports and it needs coordination with various departments for organising them, specialised skilled persons are required. This academy will promote adventure tourism and encourage the youth to participate in them&...
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  69. Students pedal from Jhansi to back adventure

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    Travelling a distance of 605km on a six-day adventure cycling expedition from Jhansi, around 24 students and teachers from Scindia School, Gwalior, reached Nagpur, their final destination.

    The team, including 18 boys and 6 teachers, covered the Satpura Range in Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha to promote the spirit of adventure and create awareness about health.

    Speaking to TOI, one of the teachers Raksha Siriah, said, "Our focus is to inculcate the spirit of adventure and teamwork among students and help them realize the importance of nature and people rather than doing a google search. The expedition is conducted annually and this is the first time the team has come to Nagpur." Students had to undergo a selection process and the selected ones were allowed to join the expedition.

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  71. Wall climbing meet in November

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    Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) will offer rookies a platform at the upcoming East Zone Sport Climbing Competition.

    The zonal event will be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Bistupur on November 11 and 12. Besides host Jharkhand, Bengal, Bihar and Odisha are taking part in the event that will be conducted on two artificial walls.

    Besides the existing one, a new separate 50-feet fibre-based speed climbing wall will also be used. While lead and bouldering categories will be conducted on the existing wall, speed climbing will take place on the new facility being built at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh.

    The two-day competition is being organised by TSAF under the auspices of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

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  73. Ministry of Tourism conducts workshop on innovation in tourism

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    The workshop was chaired by K. J. Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and attended by approximately 50 participants representing various segments of tourism industry viz hotels, tour operators, travel Agents, adventure tour operators, tourism professionals, media representatives and Trade Associations.

    Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and other senior officials also participated in the workshop.

    The workshop deliberated extensively on various issues affecting Indian tourism and the came out with innovative solutions to overcome such issues and in order to position India as the most preferred destinations.

    Some of the key innovative ideas that emerged in the workshop included effective promotion of Buddhist circuits and open...
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  75. Rs 10 crore grant for Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering

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    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, an adventure school in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

    The Union minister announced the grant while chairing the 8th meeting of the 3rd executive council of the institute situated in Pahalgam area of the district, an official spokesman said.

    He said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present at the meeting which was held after a gap of 10 years.

    “The Minister for Defence, who is also the chairperson of the executive council, directed the institute management to work in tandem with local Tourism and Education Departments for popularising mountaineering and adven...
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  77. First Indian gets Piolets d'Or; Harish Kapadia does country proud

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    3rd November, 2017 in Seoul, Korea, mountaineer and author Mr. Harish Kapadia was awarded the Piolets d'Or Asia Life Time Achievement Award.

    As the first Indian to be awarded this prestigious award, he has made the country proud and provided a much needed boost to the climbing community.

    Harish Kapadia, Piolets dor

    In appreciation of his authorship of many books and his stewardship of The Himalayan Journal as an Editor for 35 years he was further honoured by the Korea Alpen Book Club and made an Honorary member of the Club.

    Harish Kapadia, Piolets dor

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  79. Honourable Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran Inaugurates the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India

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    Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Honourable Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, inaugurated the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), organized on the theme of 'Emerging Pathways' in the presence of Mr. Satyajeet Rajan, Director General Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Dr. V. Venu, IAS, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Kerala.

    With the aim to position India as the adventure capital of the world, ATOAI has proposed Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to declare 2018 as the Year of Adventure Tourism in India. Over 300 delegates from all over India have come together for the annual convention.


    Speaking about the re-branding of Kerala, Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala said, "Over the years, the tourism industry has been changed rapidly, with tourists p...
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