PATA adventure travel conference heads to India’s yoga capital

Rafting at the River Ganges, Rishikesh

The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2019 (ATRTCM 2019) will be held in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India from February 13-15.

The three-day event, hosted by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, comprises a one-day travel trade mart and one-day conference that brings together public and private sector tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism.

Rafting in the River Ganges, Rishikesh

“The PATA ATRTCM has enjoyed outstanding success in recent years in Thimphu, Bhutan; Chiang Rai, Thailand; Luoyang, China, and Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE and we (now have) the opportunity for the first time to focus upon the opportunities for adventure travel and responsible tourism in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy.

Guarded by the hills of northern Uttarakhand, the city of Rishikesh has been dubbed `Yoga Capital of the World’. It shot to fame in the 1960s when The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

But besides its temples, pilgrimage sites and the Ganges River, Rishikesh is today becoming known for adventure sports such as white-water raft­ing, cliff-jumping, kayaking and camping. It also serves as a gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas, being a designated starting point for treks to numerous Himalayan pilgrimage centres and shrines.

PATA is offering early bird discounts for all registration fees until October 31, 2018, while special rates are available for Uttarakhand delegates.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit or email

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