'Adventure Tourism Policy' rolled in Maharashtra to attract tourists & adrenaline junkies!

This new policy will also benefit individuals & groups engaged in the adventure sports business.

Aiming to boost the state's tourism sector, the Maharashtra government sanctioned an enterprising 'Adventure Tourism Policy' on Wednesday. Notably, the latest development has come in place six months after the state authority gave its nod for the 'Caravan Tourism Policy' in February. Once the proposed plans are rolled out, it is expected that the tourism activities in the territory will be propelled, especially in the period that succeeds the pandemic.


Special emphasis laid on safety & security during the activities

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An authority informed that the new policy attempts to encourage thrilling activities in the state like hiking, trekking and cycling amongst others. Prioritising the safety and security of the tourists, the policy calls for sufficient protective measures. Thereby, only diligent and punctilious operators will be allowed to conduct such adventurous activities. However, it is noteworthy that the policy will not cover competitive treks and other activities in the forests.

It has been informed that the diverse and gifted natural locations in the state will be open for adventure tours. Due to its vast landscape encapsulating dense forests, mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, rivers, lakes, beaches on the coastal Konkan, Maharashtra carries significant potential for enticing activities. Remarkably, the interests of the tourists in air, land and water adventure activities are increasing consistently and these escapades have acquired much demand globally too.

Policy to benefit individuals & groups engaged in adventure sports business

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Amidst a list of provisions entailed in the policy, special aid shall be provided to organisations, groups and individuals involved in adventure sports business and associated activities. It encircles various facets related to registration, regulation, meticulous observation, training, establishment and supply of necessary infrastructure and advertising.

Currently, only a few operators offer activities like hiking, trekking, mountaineering, forest camps, jungle safaris, rock-climbing, river-rafting, para-gliding, para-sailing, bungee-jumping, hot air balloon rides, sailing and others. These facilities are present on a seasonal basis, only at some spots in the state and they are priced at a high rate too given the limited supply. Now, the new developments will help in adding more facilities ushering multiple benefits for the tourists.

- With inputs from IANS

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