GAMCE 2017 is an international forum for exchange of products, services, information and for building consensus on international issues relating to mountaineering and adventure. It is inspired by the remarkable growth in world adventure sports and tourism. GAMCE 2017 is also inspired by the Himalayas, one of the world's most endowed adventure destination and the cradle of adventure legends and celebrities.
Nepal was chosen as the host country primarily considering the fact that Nepal is the epicenter of future adventure growth, located between near East Asia and South East Asia. Nepal also strategically sits between China and India, the fastest growing economies of the world.
As per WTO statistics, adventure tourism increased 195 percent to $ 263 billion from 2010 to 2013 compared to general tourism growth of 5 percent in the same period. Likewise, share of adventure tourism is expected to grow exponentially given the tourism projection of 1.8 billion arrivals in 2030.
Asia Pacific share of travel market is expected to grow from 22 percent to 30 percent in 2030 at the expense of North America and Europe and intra-regional inbound tourism for Asia-pacific is about 73% which translates into 400 million arrivals.
International departures from emerging economies are expected to jump from 204 million in 2010 to 541 million in 2030, taking 57 percent share of the adventure travel market. Even as we speak, emerging economies have surpassed the developed economies in terms of arrivals. Last but not least, South Asia, though very small compared to Near East or South East Asia market, has the highest growth rate of 6 percent leading up to 2030.
The conference will focus on three parallel tracks: adventure as sports, adventure as tourism and adventure in the context of the environment. Conference participants are expected to include outdoor and adventure sports lovers, athletes, professionals and businesses, adventure travel operators, expedition organizers, environment related INGOs and government agencies, adventure sports and travel media.
The expo will consist of adventure travel services, expedition travel services, adventure sports gear and accessories (canoes, rafts, kayaks, mountain-bikes, dirt bikes, parachutes, para-gliders, skis, skateboards, surfboards, fishing gear and more), mountaineering harnesses, adventure sportswear and accessories, outdoors products (tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks, camp kitchen products).
GAMCE 2017 will also be complemented by stand-alone independent events such as Himalayan Rush, Trail des 3 Vallees, Himal Race, Himalayan Kayak Race, Himalayan MBT Challenge, Fewa Para-gliding Show.Adventure Photo Expose all taking place around GAMCE dates.
About 200 participants and buyers are expected to attend the Conference and Expo. GAMCE 2017 is a rare opportunity at the adventure hub of the world to meet the entire gamut of adventure industry ….from mountain sports celebrities to outdoor gear manufacturers to adventure travel operators!
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