The Ministry has a scheme of approving Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Adventure
Tour Operators and Tourist Transport Operators, the idea being to encourage quality,
standard and service in these categories so as to promote Tourism in India.This
is a voluntary scheme open to all bonafide agencies.
A Travel Agent is one who makes arrangements of tickets for travel by air, rail,
ship, passport, visa, etc. It may also arrange accommodation, tours, entertainment
and other tourism related services.
Inbound Tour Operators:
An Inbound tour operator is one who makes arrangements for transport, accommodation,
sight seeing, entertainment and other tourism related services for foreign tourists
Tourist Transport Operators:
A Tourist Transport Operator Organization is one, who provides tourist transport
like cars, coaches, boats etc. to tourists for transfers, sightseeing and journeys
to tourist places etc.
Adventure Tour Operators:
An Adventure Tour Operator is one who is engaged in activities related to Adventure
Tourism in India namely, water sports, aero sports, mountaineering, trekking and
safaries of various kinds, etc. In addition to that he may also make arrangements
for transport, accommodation, etc.
Domestic Tour Operators:
A domestic tour operator is one who makes arrangements for transport, accommodation,
sight seeing, entertainment and other tourism related services for domestic tourists.