Adventure Tourism is one of the emerging segments of travel in India. To promote Adventure Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has issued guidelines for approval of Adventure Tour Operators and formulated guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms on Adventure Tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism has been promoting Eco-Tourism, inter-alia by supporting seminars and events focusing on development of Eco-Tourism, from time to time. Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) have been formulated and adopted for three major segments of the tourism industry, namely accommodation sector, tour operators' sector, Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes and Rivers. Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism projects with Eco-Tourism components are also sanctioned for various States/UTs.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question today in Lok Sabha.