Indigo White red hot on promises

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, Thailand

BANGKOK 9 November 2017: Competition among Mekong Region adventure tour operators is likely to hot up a few degrees once startup, Indigo White, launches its adventure travel content in the region this December.

The company will establish initial operations in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

Founded by Holly Richter, formerly of Backroads, EXO Travel and Rove, says his latest venture will cater to travel agents and independent travel specialists worldwide, looking for adventure travel content in Southeast Asia. Read more

India’s Kerala taps adventure

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia, tour operators

KUMARAKOM, India, 29 September  2017: India’s Kerala State has been rebranded a “land of adventure in a bid to attract young international travellers, according to, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran.

He made the comments at the opening of the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Wednesday.

Adopting the theme  ‘Emerging Pathways’, the annual convention aims to position India as the adventure capital of the world. Read more

Adventure travel at its worst?

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

EFRAT, 17 August 2017: Foreigners yell “fire, fire, fire” before shooting their automatic weapons as Israeli instructors look on — but this is no military training.

The 20 or so Jewish tourists from South America are on an “anti-terrorism” course run by former Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. Their targets are balloons nearby.

“The aim of the training is not to teach you how to shoot,” Eitan Cohen, one of the instructors, says to the group, “but to make you understand what we do here in Israel to fight terrorism.” Read more

Vietnam tightens safety

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

LAM DONG, 31 July 2017: Vietnam’s Lam Dong’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has licensed 10 companies to organise adventure tours in the highlands province.

The licence covers a variety of adventure activities including zip lines, kayak racing, water tray sides down waterfalls, a monkey bridge, a leap of faith from two spots in Tuyen Lam Lake, Datanla waterfalls, Dasar waterfalls, Da Don River, Madagui tourism area, and Golden Valley.

Companies are required to guarantee the quality of their equipment, provide rescue teams and ensure safety for travellers and well as tour guides. Read more

Abu Dhabi to host PATA event 2018

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 will take place in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dates have yet to be finalised but the event is usually hosted in February.

It will mark the first time that the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart has gone outside the Asia Pacific region. Read more

Dalat plans amusement park

September 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

LAM DONG, 30 September 2016: Lam Dong People’s Committee has recently received a proposal for an amusement park and adventure sports centre in Dalat, the province’s capital city.

Local media reported that Dalattourist Company is planning to build an amusement park and adventure sports centre in the central highlands resort city of Dalat with an investment of around USD14 million.

The site will be located at the Datanla Waterfall Eco-Tourism Area on  99 ha of land. Construction will begin late this year and be completed by 2020, the report said. Read more

Vietnam tightens Adventure travel controls

August 26, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

LAM DONG, VIETNAM, 26 August 2016: Lam Dong’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued a temporary regulation governing adventure tourism in the province to tighten safety for travellers.

The move follows two accidents in Lam Dong, one at the Datanla waterfall in Dalat City and the other at Bay Tang waterfall in Duc Trong District. The two accidents resulted in the death of four foreign tourists, in late February, the Saigon Times media reported.

Under the new regulation, adventure tour operators must have international travel licences, while authorities must approve their adventure travel programmes. Read more

Khiri adds Myanmar two kingdom trip

June 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 1 June 2016: Southeast Asia tour specialist, Khiri Travel, announced today the launch of a new itinerary Bagan to Mrauk U Trek and Boat Adventure in Myanmar.

The tour operator said the three fixed date departures keep costs down for adventure travellers linking two former civilisations in a wonderfully remote corner of Myanmar

Headquartered in Bangkok, Khiri Travel, has introduced trips from Bagan to the ancient kingdom of Mrauk U over the Chin Mountains in northwest Myanmar. The seven-day/six-night journey involves four days trekking (about 20 km a day), boat trips, some four-wheel drive transport and basic accommodation and food in remote areas. Read more

Waterfall adventure kills tourists

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 February 2016: Three British tourists found dead at the foot of a waterfall in Vietnam had slipped into a gorge and were swept by strong currents over the 20 metre falls, the director of a tour company told AFP Saturday.

The bodies of two women and one man were retrieved Friday by scores of aid workers who scrambled down cliffs abutting the tiered waterfalls outside of Dalat, a city nestled in Vietnam’s central highlands.

The Datanla falls are a popular spot for adventure tourists, with opportunities to rappel on the rocks and luge around the jungle park. Read more

Khiri sells soft adventure trips

February 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 25 February 2016: Ahead of ITB Berlin, Khiri Travel has introduced two new tours linking Laos with Vietnam targeting European soft adventure enthusiasts.

An 8-day/7-night trip takes in rural Laos, crossing in to Vietnam at Nam Can border connecting to Ninh Binh and onwards to Hanoi.

The second is an 11-day/10-night trip following a similar route but including visits to Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area, and Xam Neua, home to Laos’ revolution-era caves. The trip connects with Mai Chau and later Hanoi via the Na Meo border crossing. Read more

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