Published on : Friday, June 1, 2018
The instructions which have been devised in consultation with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India or ATOAI, list out the essential minimum standards needed for activities across land, air and water, comprising mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling and river rafting.
“In order to have a strong foothold in the field of adventure sports, better safety measures are mandatory. It is imperative that all adventure tourism stakeholders provide for better vigilance and strict adherence to these guidelines,” Tourism Minister K. J. Alphons said.
The guidelines make necessary the mandatory insurance cover in terms of adventure tour operators, adventure professionals, clients, also resorts and hotels: “In India …there is an urgent need for specific insurance products, to cover all parties in the adventure sports ecosystem. The policies promote safety as well as showcase an understanding of risks involved in adventure undertakings in the outdoors.”
Furthermore, the guidelines lay down that tour operators be identified by local/ State authorities, have a registered office, be responsible environmentally, take up trained professionals. It covers issues like the role of a guide, equipment required, inspections, maintenance processes, operating instructions, and risk mitigation and medical safety, among other aspects.
Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma, said, “World over, people are looking for experiential tourism and are not satisfied with just looking at monuments.”