Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), held a review meeting with nodal institutions of mountaineering and adventure tourism in New Delhi. All participating Institutions gave a presentation on their ongoing and future-oriented courses and activities. Patel reviewed the data and assured full support from the Ministry of Tourism to upgrade the skills and technology.
Representatives of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, National Institute of Water Sports, Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India participated in the meeting.
National Institute of Water Sports briefed Patel that during 2019-20, they held 192 water sports training courses for 3972 trainees. He reviewed various Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering activities as well and said that we have great potential in mountaineering. Indian Mountaineering Foundation informed Patel that recently the government has opened around 137 new peaks for mountaineering, which is a welcome step. Now the IMF has sent proposals for the opening of 405 new peaks in the Himalayan area. Patel directed all these organizations with ways to train more people and promote the activities nationwide. The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India also gave a presentation on their activities in adventure tourism.
Patel appreciated all organizations’ efforts toward the promotion of adventure tourism and hoped that with mutual efforts, India would be a preferred destination for mountaineering and other adventure activities soon.