The guidelines are on safety and quality criterion of Adventure Tourism in India and have now been defined along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI). Find out what it means for you. By Payal Das
The Tourism Minister has stated that India is a country, which holds a lot of possibility for adventure tourism right from the Himalayas to the coastal regions. Thus, these guidelines will help adventure tourism in India and boost a lot of support to all stakeholders.
To make India a proper destination for experiences, the facilities and support staff have to be developed to global standards. KJ Alphons, the Union Minister of State for Tourism, was quoted saying, “These guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India and extended whole support to all stakeholders for developing this niche sector so as to tap the whole potential offered. The Minister also added that for India to be a well sought after destination, the facilities a support staff should be developed to global standards.”
The main purpose behind this protocol is to help adventure tour operators understand and purge safety guidelines in an exceeding way. The guidelines include land, air and water activities such as snorkelling, mountaineering, trekking, paragliding, bungee jumping, kayaking, scuba diving, river rafting, and other sports. The guidelines have been marked out for 15 land-based and seven water-based activities masking the entire gamut of Adventure Tourism available in India.
The information given consists of areas such as the role of a guide, important equipment required, inspections and maintenance process, operating instructions, risk mitigation, medical safety, etc. Other details in the document focusses on safety as one of the key aspects.