Kathmandu featured in Lonely Planet’s best cities list

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Kathmandu in its ‘Best in Travel 2019: Top Cities’ list.

File photo of Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Kathmandu in its ‘Best in Travel 2019: Top Cities’ list.

Kathmandu features at 5th position on the list of 10 cities across the world “primed to capture travelers’ imaginations”, according to Lonely Planet.

“In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, news reports from Kathmandu showed

a city broken and in mourning, but today the narrative is all about reconstruction and rejuvenation,” the guide book writes, adding: “Sure, there’s work to do restoring the magnificent monuments that crumbled during the disaster, but historic sites are being returned to their former glory, and moves to calm the city’s infamous traffic, smog and noise have made Kathmandu more liveable than it has been in decades.

There’s even reliable electricity as wi-fi as bonus creature comforts in the atmospheric and maze-like alleyways of the old city.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, tops the list followed by Shenzhen (China), Novi Sad (serbia), Miami (US), Kathmandu (Nepal), Mexico City (Mexico), Dakar (Senegal), Seattle (US), Zadar (Croatia) and Meknes (Morocco).

 

 

World Tourism Day celebration in pictures

Nepal celebrated World Tourism Day 2018 by organizing various programs in different parts of the country. The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’. Different travel trade associations joined hands with the government to celebrate the day. Some glimpses of the celebrations:

Nepal celebrated World Tourism Day 2018 by organizing various programs in different parts of the country.

The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’. Different travel trade associations joined hands with the government to celebrate the day.

Some glimpses of the celebrations:

Girls draped in traditional attire ready to welcome guests attending a program organized jointly by Tourism Ministry and Nepal Tourism Board.

Nepal Tourism Board CEO Deepak Raj Joshi and others welcoming the first group of tourists landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Representatives of tourism enterprises awarded on the day.

Three Best Village Tourism Destinations were also awarded during World Tourism Day celeberations.

Himalaya Expeditions gave away different awards to personalities supporting Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and Lumbini PEACE Marathon.

Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari leading a hiking program organized from Kakani to Suryachaur by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal.

Nepal Mountaineering Association awarded representative of top agents during its AGM that coincided with World Tourism Day.

Senior entrepreneur Tek Chandra Pokharel passes away

Senior tourism entrepreneur Tek Chandra Pokharel passed away in Kathmandu this morning.

Late Tek Chandra Pokharel

Senior tourism entrepreneur Tek Chandra Pokharel passed away in Kathmandu this morning.

He breathed his last at Om Hospital, Kathmandu.

The veteran entrepreneur was associated with Nepali tourism industry for nearly five decades. He was the owner of Shangri La Tours, Himalayan Journeys and Kathmandu’s iconic Rum Doodle restaurant – the popular hangout point for mountaineers.

Pokharel was one of the founders of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) which has been working to make Nepali mountains safe by raising awareness among trekkers and mountaineers about high altitude sickness and also providing medical service to trekkers and mountain in high Himalayas. He also served as the president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and Nepal Association of Travel Agents (now Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents).

The senior entrepreneur also served as the Honorary Consul General of Mexico in Nepal.

Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said it was saddened to know about the sad demise of Tek Chandra Pokharel, doyen of Nepalese tourism. “He was a founding chairman of many tourism related associations of Nepal. Well-versed in tourism, he was involved in preparation of Nepal Tourism Master Plan,” the statement added.

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) also said it was saddened to know

that its former president is no more.

Lumbini on Lonely Planet’s top Asian destinations list

Popular travel guide book has featured Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a UNESCO World Heritage site – in its ‘2018 Best in Asia’ list.
Lumbini is ranked 7th position of 10 Asian destinations featured by Lonely Planet.

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Mayadevi Temple of Lumbini.

Popular travel guide book Lonely Planet has featured Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a UNESCO World Heritage site – on its ‘2018 Best in Asia’ list. Lumbini is ranked 7th out of 10 Asian destinations featured on the list.

“For decades, Lumbini was somewhere travelers flashed through en route from India to Nepal, often unaware that they had passed within yards of the birthplace of the historical Buddha. Today, thanks to the efforts of the international Buddhist community, Lumbini is on the ascendancy, but despite its heritage, this sacred site remains a sleepy detour off the backpacker trail,” Lonely Planet writes about Lumbini.

“However, change is apace; a new international airport is under construction, offering a new, safer route into Nepal, and ever-more awing temples are springing up. While these developments may finally be the catalyst that brings Lumbini the attention it deserves, the town’s cardinal draw will remain its tranquility – embodied by the rare sarus cranes that stalk the wetlands around the World Peace Pagoda,” it adds.

Busan of South Korea is ranked No.1 Asian destination by Lonely Planet. Other destinations on the list are: Uzbekistan, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Western Ghats (India), Nagasaki (Japan), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Arugam Bay (Sri Lanka), Sichuan (China) and Komodo National Park (Indonesia).

Himalaya Travel Mart concludes on a high note

The second edition of Himalayan Travel Mart 2018 has concluded on a high note.

According to the organizers, the event succeeded in laying grounds to welcome five million tourists by 2030 by holding deliberations among tourism stakeholders and branding the country as the ‘Gateway to the Himalayas’.

The second edition of Himalayan Travel Mart 2018 has concluded on a high note.

According to the organizers, the event succeeded in laying grounds to welcome five million tourists by 2030 by holding deliberations among tourism stakeholders and branding the country as the ‘Gateway to the Himalayas’.

The mart was organized by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with Nepal Chapter of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation along with number of travel trade associations.

HTM conference, International Travel Bloggers and Media Conference, and a Buyers and Sellers Meet were the major components of HTM 2018.

Altogether 59 buyers from 26 countries and 52 sellers from countries like Nepal, India, Bhutan, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, and UAE participated in the mart. Similarly, 43 bloggers from 18 different countries participated in the event.

Inaugurating the HTM conference entitled ‘The Sustainable Road to Five Million Visitors’, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that the government had laid high priority to tourism sector for achieving the goal of economic prosperity. He added that the government would focus on infrastructure development, and marketing and promotion to meet the target of bringing 2 million tourists by 2020 and 5 million tourists by 2030.

Speaking at the program, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, underlined the need to continue the unity and togetherness of tourism stakeholders, which has been proven as an instrumental means to overcome any kind of problem in the tourism sector.

In his presentation, Marcus Lee, Chairman of International China Investment Forum (ICIF), said that Nepal could meet the target of bringing 2 million international tourists by 2020 and 5 million by 2030 by effectively tapping Chinese and Indian markets. He suggested intensifying promotional activities in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities through by making optimum use of digital platforms. “Only 10 percent of Chinese have passport so far. The outbound is generating from this market,” he said, adding: “Imagine the prospect of the Chinese outbound market from the additional 90 percent population in the future.”

Buyers and Sellers Meet, and International Travel Bloggers and Media Conference were held on June 2.

The organizers had also arranged pre-mart tours for international travel bloggers and hosted buyers to acquaint them with Nepal.