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IATO to hold Adventure & Rural Tourism seminar in Mussoorie

New Delhi, April, 2012: The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will hold a two-day Adventure and Rural Tourism Seminar from April 21 at Japyee Residency Manor, Mussoorie. The theme of the convention is “Hunar se Rozgar through Adventure & Rural Tourism”, according to Subhash Goyal, President of IATO.

Mr Goyal informed that “Adventure Tourism” segment in India has evolved over the year from a nascent on just a few year ago to a segment that is estimated to cross Rs. 400 crores by the end of the 11th Five Year Plan and will continue to grow at the rate of 15% year on basis.

He said "There is a growing interest in experiential tourism and Uttarakhand State holds lot of potential. This is also in line with Ministry’s efforts to create more employment locally and promote Rural Tourism to give unique experience to the Tourists. Thus the theme has been focused on “Hunar se Rozgar through Adventure & Rural Tourism”.

Mr. Subhash Goyal also said, “we expect over 300 delegates for the seminar (including invitees, media and spouses) and most likely Chief Minister of Uttarakhand will be the Chief Guest who will inaugurate the seminar.

He said "We have also requested the senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and also Uttarakhand Government to address the delegates in various sessions planned during the seminar. The sessions have been well planned based on the theme and have various experts to chair these sessions. Famous luminaries like Deepti Nawal, Nafisa Ali, Tom Alter and Ruskin Bond to name a few have been invited to this unique seminar.”

Various post seminar FAM tours have also been programmed like river rafting by Wandelust Travels; Skiing at Auli by UTDC; rural experience to Purda Sankir & water sports to Assan Barrage; Rural & Panoramic experience of Bhimtal, Pithoragarh, Chawkori and Jogeshwar and this will give our members and excellent opportunity to market Uttarakhand in a big way amongst international as well as domestic tourists, added Mr Subhash Goyal.