Guidelines for adventure tourism in India

adventure-tourismThe Indian ministry of tourism and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has launched a set of guidelines on adventure tourism, governing activities such as mountaineering, bungee jumping and scuba diving to ensure that they are conducted in a safe manner.

KJ Alphons, minister of tourism, while releasing the guidelines, said: “Adventure tourism has grown rapidly over the past few years playing a vital role in the economic growth of India as well as attracting a large number of travellers from across the globe to the country. These guidelines will not only provide safety and security but also enhance the quality of tourism in India.

“About 70% of the Himalayas are in our country and we have 8,000 km of coastline with tropical forests, deserts and beaches. Why can’t we have a share of the pie of adventure tourism? We have to make these activities safe and secure for tourists as this will enable growth in these sectors.”

With adventure tourism rapidly growing in India, the tourist travelling to or within the country is seeking different kinds of experiences. Releasing such guidelines will help build and boost travel and trade and welcome the new set of travellers which will develop this niche sector and to tap the potential offered.

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