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Mountain Tourism- Worldwide - June 2015

“Mountains offer some of the most important destinations for the tourism industry. They make a major contribution to leisure tourism and provide a significant opportunity to develop poor mountain regions. With global tourism on an upward trend, mountainous regions look set to benefit from increased numbers of adventure tourists keen to experience a range of outdoor activities in spectacular natural surroundings.”

This report looks at the following areas:

•    What are the main mountain destinations that offer mountain tourism?
•    What is the size of the market and profile of mountain tourists within the broader adventure tourism segment?
•    Which activities are undertaken by the mountain tourist?
•    Which tour operators have a significant presence in the market?
•    What are the key issues that will shape the sector in the future?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Mountain Tourism – The Ultimate Adventure

          • Overview and definition
            • Travel and achievements in the mountains
            • Mountain Destinations

                • Africa
                  • Atlas Mountains
                    • Mountains in East Africa
                      • Mount Kenya
                        • Mount Kilimanjaro
                          • Virunga Mountains
                            • Ruwenzori Range
                              • Drakensberg Mountain Range
                                • Asia
                                  • Himalayas
                                    • Figure 1: Eight-thousanders in the Himalayas, 2015
                                  • Altai Mountains
                                    • Australasia and Oceania
                                      • Australian Alps
                                        • Southern Alps
                                          • Volcanoes of the South Pacific
                                            • Europe
                                              • The Alps
                                                • Apennines
                                                  • Carpathian Mountains
                                                    • Caucasus Mountains
                                                      • Highland regions in the UK
                                                        • Grampian Mountains
                                                          • Pennine Way
                                                            • Mountain ranges of Wales
                                                              • Iceland
                                                                • Picos de Europa
                                                                  • Pyrenees
                                                                    • Scandinavian Mountains
                                                                      • Ural Mountains
                                                                        • North America
                                                                          • Appalachian Mountains
                                                                            • Cascade Range
                                                                              • Sierra Nevada
                                                                                • Rocky Mountains
                                                                                  • Canadian Rockies and Northern Rockies
                                                                                    • Middle Rockies
                                                                                      • Southern Rockies
                                                                                        • Colorado Plateau
                                                                                          • Alaska Range
                                                                                            • South America
                                                                                              • Andes
                                                                                                • Northern Andes
                                                                                                  • Central Andes
                                                                                                    • Southern Andes
                                                                                                      • Volcanoes in the Andes
                                                                                                        • Figure 2: Highest active volcanoes in South American Andes, 2015
                                                                                                    • Mountain Tourists

                                                                                                        • Hard or soft adventurers?
                                                                                                          • Mountain tourists are high spenders
                                                                                                            • Figure 3: Average cost of a 6-day skiing holiday in selected destinations, 2014
                                                                                                        • Profiles of Mountain Tourism Activities

                                                                                                            • Figure 4: National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List in the Mountains, 2015
                                                                                                          • Snow sports
                                                                                                            • Figure 5: Top 10 ‘major resorts’ worldwide by skier visits, 2014
                                                                                                            • Figure 6: Leading snow sports destinations by annual skier visits, 2014
                                                                                                            • Figure 7: Distribution of skier visits & skiers by region of origin, 2014
                                                                                                          • Mountaineering
                                                                                                            • Figure 8: 10 most difficult mountains to climb in the world, 2015
                                                                                                          • Paragliding and hang gliding
                                                                                                            • Trekking and hiking
                                                                                                              • Figure 9: Lonely Planet’s 10 best treks in the world for serious walkers, 2015
                                                                                                            • Mountain biking
                                                                                                              • Mountain railways
                                                                                                                • Mountain passes
                                                                                                                  • Lakes and mountains
                                                                                                                  • Tour Operators

                                                                                                                      • Adventure Consultants
                                                                                                                        • Canadian Mountain Holidays
                                                                                                                          • CASA Tours
                                                                                                                            • Crystal Ski Holidays
                                                                                                                              • Exodus
                                                                                                                                • Grand American Adventures
                                                                                                                                  • Great Rail Journeys
                                                                                                                                    • Inghams Ski and Lakes & Mountains
                                                                                                                                      • KE Adventure Travel
                                                                                                                                        • Mountain Madness
                                                                                                                                          • Ski Japan
                                                                                                                                            • The Mountain Company
                                                                                                                                              • The World Expeditions Travel Group
                                                                                                                                                • Volcano Adventures
                                                                                                                                                  • Volcano Live
                                                                                                                                                  • What Next?

                                                                                                                                                    • Summer tourism offers potential for growth
                                                                                                                                                      • A bright future for mountain tourism, natural disasters notwithstanding

                                                                                                                                                      Mountain Tourism- Worldwide - June 2015

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