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Case Study: Adventure Tourism Market Development in NE India

May 9, 2008 Situation


The Tourism Department, Government of Assam in NE India, recognizing the value of tourism as an economic development tool, wanted support in developing adventure tourism responsibly and sustainably. With tourism to India growing at 13.5% per year, state policymakers saw the opportunity to draw more visitors to Assam, but were concerned about preserving important cultural and natural resources. They chose an adventure tourism development route, defined according to a consumer-based understanding of adventure, which called for the development of products and itineraries that would include: Nature and wildlife exploration Cultural interactions and learning which may include regionally unique spiritual and religious experiences, and exposure to defining cultural aspects such as the production of tea in Assam Rural experiences Active, physical sports whether strenuous or easy including but not limited to cycling, trekking and hiking, kayaking and other river exploration, hang-gliding, and horseback riding

Challenge
This beautiful NE Indian state, bounded by Himalayan foothills and cut through by the powerful currents of the Brahmaputra River, has little existing tourism infrastructure and low market awareness. The states tourism department leaders requested not only recommendations for product development, but also wanted to ensure that new products would reach an audience of tour operators and travelers to begin operating trips in the region. In addition, the states leaders were very concerned that any new market development initiatives encourage sustainable, responsible tourism.

Solution
Assams tourism officials selected Xola as its partner in this important initiative because of its specialization in adventure tourism, the linkages to industry its approach brings, and its overriding emphasis on sustainable tourism development for the benefit of communities and the environment. Xola completed a Feature Adventure Destination analysis for Assam using the Adventure Tourism Development Index approach developed by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), The George Washington University (GW), and Xola Consulting, Inc. Specifically, the goal of the project was two-fold:

To support Assam in developing its adventure tourism market by providing specific market development guidance; and To provide access to markets and media through the consulting partners (ATTA, GW).

Results
As a result of this study: A responsible tourism development philosophy for the state was recommended Seven adventure tourism zones or Hotspots were defined A structure for organizing specific activities relative to product development, human resources development, infrastructure improvement, marketing, and impact monitoring was created Highlights of the research showcasing Assams unique assets will be revealed to more than 450 international adventure tour operators & adventure and mainstream travel media in a special report released through the Adventure Travel Trade Association (www.adventuretravel.biz), the largest trade organization for adventure tourism

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RSS Email To Friend BACKGROUND The client is a leading Mission Hospital providing advanced medical treatment for needy patients.
The hospital offers state-of-the-art treatment for various diseases & is at the forefront of providing outpatient as well as surgical interventions. The hospital wished to have a web based HMS that was easy to navigate. Authorities knew how important their website was for distressed patients and hundreds of visitors who regularly sought the latest medical information. CHALLENGE: Mission Hospital wanted to manage scientific information as well as the treatment modalities offered by more than 10 departments. The need was to create an aesthetically pleasing yet practical system. In spite of the large volume of information, the structure and navigation needed to be simple and targeted to the audience perspective. With multiple departments and information running into hundreds of pages, the hospital felt it was critical for the information to be organized systematically in an uncomplicated way. The system needed to support audio as well as video files and integrate the Picture Archiving System seamlessly.

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