Senior Tour Operators of Kashmir paid glowing tributes to Akshay Kumar, CEO of Mercury Himalayan Exploration Ltd.
Kumar who was the former President of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India breathed his last on Wednesday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 51. He is survived by his wife, Dilshad Master-Kumar and daughter Saira.
He was the national skiing champion in 1981 and 82, and his passion for adventure saw him rafting down 30 rivers across India and Canada. With an experience of over 30 years in the adventure travel space, he has served as the President of ATOAI, and was also the Founder and Director of Ice Hockey in India.
He was also the former vice chairman of the umbrella association of FAITH.
President JK Mountaineering and Hiking Club (JKMHC) Mahmood A Shah chaired the condolence meeting at a local hotel here on his demise.
Shah and senior tourism luminaries described Akshay as a gallant personality, an unpretentious human being besides one of India’s refined and experienced adventure consultants.
“He was a fan of Kashmir Tourism and always promoted Adventure Tourism to the Valley,” the members observed.
Those who paid condolence on the sudden demise of Akshay Kumar were Abdul Hameed Narwari, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Nasir Shah, Rauf A Tramboo, Manzoor Pakhtoon, Mir Anwar, Shamim Shah and Ather Yameen.
Akshay will always be remembered as an outstanding adventurist. An inspiration for the youth. His death has created a vacuum in the adventure tourism business.
All the tourism players prayed for the peace to the departed soul and forbearance to his family members, particularly his father, Col Bull Kumar.