Senior officials from the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India(ATOAI) team met Union Tourism Minister, G Kishan Reddy at his New Delhi office on October 19. The association delegation apprised the minister about the latest updates related to adventure travel also discussed various possibilities of the promotion of adventure tourism in the country.
During the meeting, ATOAI requested the minister to give special focus to the promotion of adventure tourism in domestic and overseas promotional campaigns of the Ministry. The association in a statement informed that the Minister has assured full cooperation to ATOAI for the same.
The association also presented the ‘Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines’ booklet to the Minister and requested him to push all the states and Union Territories to adopt the guidelines officially and follow them in letter and spirit. On the occasion, ATOAI thanked the minister and the government for helping the travel trade for opening up the skies for international tourists from October 15 for group tours on chartered flights and regular foreign visitor arrival on tourist visa from November 15. The association has requested the minister to help get information from the respective Ministries related to foreigners travelling to India such as vaccination requirements, RT-PCR tests, quarantine and others.Sharing more details from the meeting, Vinayak Koul, Honorary Secretary, ATOAI, who was part of the delegation informed that the association has requested the Tourism Ministry to revive the Adventure Task Force Committee and conduct regular meetings. “We also requested the minister to come up with a national policy for adventure tourism in the country. He has assured his full support to us, and we are thankful to him for giving us time to present our views,” he said.
ATOAI has also put forward request to launch a special campaign for the awareness of clients to choose the service providers carefully for their holidays and travel only with recognised tourism service providers, affiliated either by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, or by the state governments or Union Territories administration.