Department of Tourism allows registration of adventure tour operators | KNO

Department of Tourism allows registration of adventure tour operators | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, February 14 (KNO) : After setting up guidelines for travel companies, the Department of Tourism has opened up the formal registration of Adventure Tour Operators in the State. As per the Government order issued by the Department of Tourism, the prospective Adventure Tour Operators within the State can apply for registration as Adventure Tour Operators to carry out land, water and air based adventure activities like All Terrain Vehicles, Cycling, Motor Cycle Tours, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing/Artificial wall climbing, Skiing/Snowboarding, Trekking, Zip Paragliding, Rafting/ Kayaking etc. Rigzin Samphel, Commissioner Secretary, Tourism department said that there is a strong demand from tour operators within the State to allow them to carry out adventure activities in a formal manner. “The absence of the guidelines for formal registration of Adventure tour operators was the major hurdle in promoting adventure activities in the State. The Commissioner/Secretary said the new provision would lead to the growth of tourism activities and employment in all the three divisions of the State,” he said. He said these guidelines which cover these activities are the outcome of the due deliberations and consultations, suggestions and recommendations of stakeholders in the State. Samphel said guidelines will encourage quality standard and service in this category so as to promote safe Adventure Tourism in J&K. The interested tour operator can submit the application for approval in person to Assistant Director Tourism/Tourist Officer of the concerned area or prescribed Authority/Authorized officers of Tourist Resorts having defined jurisdiction as defined under J&K Tourist Trade Act or Rules or Government order. The Registration as an approved Adventure Tour Operator shall be granted by the prescribed Authority of Department of Tourism for one year initially following the laid down procedures as in the case of Travel Agency.(KNO)