Bhopal: “The state has a big responsibility to organise the event ‘Adventure Next’ in the capital city, we all have to ensure that the event is conducted successfully,” said tourism minister Surendra Patwa, while addressing the gathering at the curtain raiser programme of the event in Bhopal on Monday.
The state tourism board will organise a three day adventure tourism event in collaboration with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOPA) and international partner Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) from 3- 5 December.
The principal secretary of MP tourism Hariranjan Rao informed that the event brings distinction to MP as ATTA has selected it to organise its first event in an Asian country. He added that the adventure tourism brings good revenue to the state. He stated that 65 percent of the revenue remains in the state under the adventure tourism and only 14 percent of the revenue remains in the mass tourism.
He added that in 2009 the adventure tourism market was worth 89 billion dollars, which increased to 236 billion dollars in 2012 and in the year 2017 it has increased to 683 billion dollars.
Sharing an anecdote he said that his two years ago during a meeting of tourism department in New Delhi he was asked to leave the hall – when he stated that the state MP is also having the potential of adventure tourism. This happened because the state is not known for any adventure tourism.
“This two year old dream of bringing MP on the map of international tourism will soon be a reality as with this event MP will get international recognition for its adventure tourism,” he added. He added that although tourism is related with the legacy, wildlife, spirituality and culture tourism, but it’s a myth. He said that adventure tourism is at its all time high in the state. He urged district collector Sudama Khade and the Bhopal Municipal commissioner to keep the city clean during the event.
About Adventure Next
In Adventure Next around 200 delegates from foreign countries and around 200 Indian tourists will participate in the three day event. The main function will be inaugurated at the Minto Hall on December 3. The tourist will visit many places in the city and adjoining areas of Bhopal. On a heritage walk will be organised December 4.The pre-event programme start from December 1 when the tourist divided into six teams will reach Bhopal -crossing over six different locations. No plastic bottles will be use in the event as ATTA discourages its use.