Adventure Tourism

Capt. Swadesh Kumar re-elected as ATOAI President

Captain Swadesh Kumar, Managing Director, Shikhar Travels India, has been re-elected as President of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) for 2019-2021.

Sanjay Basu, Managing Director, Far Horizon Tours, has been elected as the Senior Vice President; Tejbir Singh Anand, Managing Director, Holiday Moods Adventures as the Vice President; Vaibhav Kala, Founder, Aquaterra Adventures, as the Treasurer and Vinayak Koul, Director, Snow Lion Expeditions as the new Secretary.

The elected Executive Committee members are Akshay Kumar, CEO, Mercury Himalayan Exploration; Ajeet Bajaj, Managing Director, Snow Leopard Adventures; Rajesh Ojha, Co-founder, Banjara Camps and Retreats; Ravi S Kalra, Managing Director, Travel Inn; Vishwas Makhija, Founder & CEO, India Insight Tours; CDR Sam Samuel, Managing Director, Kalypso Adventures and Pradeep Murthy, Founder and Director, Muddy Boots Vacations.

“The focus this term as President is to bring as many adventure tour operators as possible into the fold of the Association, since there are many tour operators in the unorganised sector. There are over 15,000 adventure tour operators in India. I want them to be a part of the Association and ensure that they all function within limits of safety. The second focus is to bring adventure tourism into the limelight and mainstream, instead of being limited to as just niche experiences and keep in focus the sustainable aspects of the eco-adventure destinations,” said Captain Swadesh Kumar.