PATA adventure event heads for India

BANGKOK, 17 December 2018: The Pacific Asia Travel Association will host the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2019 (ATRTCM 2019) at the Ganga Resort GMVN in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India, 13 to 15, February, 2019.

The event is Asia Pacific’s leading travel trade event dedicated to the adventure travel industry. The three-day event comprises of a one-day travel trade mart and one-day conference.

Attracting adventure travel specialists, both tour buyers and content sellers, the event draws close to 300 key executives and top specialists from global markets.

Confirmed speakers for the one-day conference include Daw Moe Moe Lwin, director and vice chairperson – Yangon Heritage Trust, Myanmar; Natasha Martin, managing director – Bannikin Asia, Hong Kong SAR; Paul Brady, editorial strategist – Skift, USA; Philippa Kaye, Founder – Indian Experiences, India; Trevor Jonas Benson, director of food tourism innovation – Culinary Tourism Alliance, Canada; Vivienne Tang, founder and CEO – Destination Deluxe, Hong Kong SAR, and Yosha Gupta, founder – Meraki, Hong Kong SAR.

Taking place in Uttarakhand, the main city of Rishikesh, that claims to be the `Yoga Capital of the World’, it is still remembered for its link to the UK pop group Beatles. They visited the guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in the 1960’s gaining inspirations for their pop music.

But the city is also famous for its temples, pilgrimage sites and the magnificent Ganges River a city that has legendary stories to be told.

Today, the city attracts tourists from all over the world for its numerous adventure sports, such as white-water raft­ing, cliff-jumping, kayaking and camping. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’, Rishikesh is also a designated starting point for treks to numerous Himalayan pilgrimage centres and shrines.

Rishikesh is situated a half-hour drive away from the nearest airport, Jolly Grant (also known as Dehradun Airport) which offers direct flights from international airports in New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Srinagar.

It is served by Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways.