Gujarat to host ATOAI convention

ATOAI, in collaboration with the Gujarat government, has set the stage for its 15th Annual Convention, which is scheduled to take place at the iconic Statue of Unity from 16-19 December 2023.

Janice Alyosius

The 15th Annual Convention of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), in partnership with the Government of Gujarat, is set to unfold at the magnificent Statue of Unity in Gujarat from 16-19 December 2023. The four-day convention will bring together stakeholders from all over India to discuss and celebrate the growth and potential of responsible adventure tourism.

Ajeet Bajaj, President, ATOAI, highlighted the pre-pandemic global surge in adventure tourism, emphasizing its $683 billion valuation and a remarkable 21 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) since 2012. Bajaj sees India’s diverse natural heritage positioning it as a global leader in the sector, potentially doubling inbound tourist figures in the next five years through adventure tourism alone. The convention’s theme, “Indian Adventure Travel: Exploring New Frontiers”, reflects the commitment to sustainable growth and responsible tourism practices.

Hareet Shukla (IAS), Secretary Tourism, Government of Gujarat said, “We are thrilled to extend a warm and heartfelt invitation to the esteemed members of the ATOAI to grace the iconic Statue of Unity in Gujarat for their annual convention. This monumental statue, standing as a tribute to the great Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is not just a testament to our rich history and cultural heritage, but also a symbol of unity and resilience. Gujarat, with its diverse natural heritage and vibrant traditions, offers a plethora of adventure and exploration opportunities. We believe that hosting the convention at this prestigious location will provide a unique and enriching experience for all attendees, fostering a spirit of camaraderie and collaboration within the adventure tourism community.”

Vaibhav Kala, Vice President & Convention Chair, envisioned the convention as a melting pot for travel conglomerates, government dignitaries, media, and visionary leaders, all converging to shape the future of adventure tourism in India. “Our ambition is to bridge the gap between grassroots operators from India’s hinterlands and global adventure tourism stalwarts, fortifying our collective strength,” he said.



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