‘Experience of a lifetime’

Popular actress Manisha Koirala, who trekked to the Everest Base Camp earlier this month, has termed her trip ‘an experience of a lifetime’. 

Popular actress Manisha Koirala, who trekked to the Everest Base Camp earlier this month, has termed her trip ‘an experience of a lifetime’.

The cancer survivor, who has spent most of her life out of the country, said: “Viewing Mount Everest that closer was like a childhood dream coming true.”

Saying that the Khumbu region takes you to a different world filled with joy, she added: “If there is a heaven on earth, it is there.”

The popular Bollywood actress’ feeling echoes the similar sentiments of many Nepalese and the foreigners who have visited Nepal and declared, ‘Heaven is myth, Nepal is real.’

For her, the journey itself was exciting due to the walk across pinewood forests, glorious views of colorful rhododendrons in full bloom, blue sky, flowing rivers with some melody, and villages with warm and innocent people along with the company of strong Sherpa guides. “Some journeys are worth stepping out of one’s comfort zone”, she shared at a press meet organized by Nepal Tourism Board.

Trek to Everest Base Camp has made it to BBC’s “50 Things To Do Before You Die” list. The epic journey begins from Lukla airstrip which is now popular as the  gateway to the Everest. It usually takes seven days to reach the base camp located at an altitude of 5,380 meters.

“The excitement of waking up in the morning and looking at the magnificent mountains surrounding you is just priceless. I felt goose bumps,” Manisha shared after waking up at the base camp.

Sharing her experience, Manisha said: “There were definitely hardships to trek for long days, but every step was worth taking, every view worth viewing and every day like a wonder. You only need strong will power and hard work.”

 

Manisha, who has done dozens of super hit Bollywood and Nepali films in her career, feels the Khumbu region needs more exposure to promote it as a destination for shooting of movies. “Every location is perfect for film shooting,” she remarked saying that she will share the possibilities with the movie directors, which could also contribute to the country’s tourism industry.

Manisha also said that she wants do at least one trek every year now onwards. The ace actress has put Annapurna and Manaslu regions in her bucket list.

 

#photoNepal features wildlife photographs

Wildlife photographs taken by Chitwan-based photographer Sagar Giri are on display at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) as part of its monthly #photoNepal event.

Wildlife photographs taken by Chitwan-based photographer Sagar Giri are on display at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) as part of its monthly #photoNepal event.

“The new series of #photoNepal is began on April 5 with works of renowned wildlife photographer Sagar Giri.  He is known for his daring shots and has captured many iconic images of wildlife,” NTB said in a statement.

Altogether 35 pictures have been kept on display in the event that will continue till April 11.

#photoNepal is a project initiated by NTB for promoting Nepal through pictures.  Along with displaying photographs, the event also features an experience sharing session with the photographer.

“Wildlife of Nepal is rich and is home to many endangered and rare species. Nepal is known for many through this diversity and richness,” Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB said. “It is because of this that we are showcasing wildlife in this edition of #photoNepal.”

Sagar Giri, 28, is passionate about nature and wildlife. Giri, who studied hotel management in Australia, chose to turn his hobby into a career. He is also a licensed nature guide. The young photographer is also a strong advocate of nature and wildlife conservation.

(All pictures by Sagar Giri)

Tourist arrivals cross one-million mark

International tourist arrivals to Nepal have crossed the record one million mark.

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International tourist arrivals to Nepal have crossed the record one million mark.

According to Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal welcomed 1,001,930 visitors in the first 11 months of 2018 – a growth of 17 percent over the same period in 2017.

“Further, the figures do not include the number of overland international visitors to Nepal in October and November. Even if the overland arrival figures of last year are assumed constant, the overall growth in January-November period would be 23 percent,” NTB said in a statement issued on Thursday.

Tourist arrivals from India in October and November were 11,566 and 16,167, respectively.  Total arrivals from the southern neighbor in January-November period were 260,124.

Likewise, total arrivals from Chinese over the first 11 months of 2018 reached 134,362. Arrivals from Thailand, Japan and South Korea have also increased significantly, statistics released by the NRB shows.

Flow of tourists from European countries has also grown significantly. Nepal received 9,022 and 7,394 visitors from the United Kingdom in October and November, while number of tourists from Germany in those two months was 7,150 and 4,393, respectively.

The total European arrivals in January-November period reached 224,206.

The number of visitors from Europe has also increased. Total arrivals from the US increased to 11,757 and 9,193 in October and November, respectively. Total arrivals from the US in January-November period were 82,870. Similarly, Nepal welcomed 33,528 visitors from Australia in the review period.

The steady growth in tourist arrivals bodes well for the country ahead of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign. The government has set a target of receiving 2 million visitors during the year-long campaign.

Commenting on the growth, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of the NTB said that the image of Nepal as one of the most preferred tourist destinations has been reinforced and that this is well reflected in the extraordinary growth in the visitor arrivals to Nepal. “This also can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the government, Nepal Tourism Board, private sector travel trade and media towards promotion of overall tourism sector in the international tourism arena,” he noted.

Joshi further added that this is the moment to commemorate the milestone in the tourism history of Nepal as it also heralds the potential of tourism sector of Nepal which can be further realized through upcoming national tourism campaign of Visit Nepal Tourism Year 2020.

Download Jan-November total arrivals figure.

NTB CEO Joshi receives global honor

Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has been honored with IIPT Champions in Challenge Award 2018.

Nepal Tourism Board CEO Deepak Raj Joshi (second from left) with the award.

Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has been honored with IIPT Champions in Challenge Award 2018.

The award was given away by International Institute for Peace through Travel and Tourism at the International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) in London. CEO Joshi is the first Nepali to receive the award.

According to organizer, CEO Joshi has been honored in recognition of his continuous hard work and success in bringing and bouncing back the tourism in Nepal. As Joshi was appointed CEO of NTB during a very crisis period, the award is given to his leadership during the crisis phase.

ITCMS was first organized in 2016. “After the first event, it was clear that not only was an international event needed annually, but also regional events to cover the indigenous requirements in a practical manner through workshops as well as sessions, panels and debates,” the organizers said on its website.

The summit brought together leading figures from across the globe, along with officials, politicians, ministers, PR and insurance professionals, journalists, assistance and crisis management experts, who shared best practices, discuss emergent threats and post-event communications.

 

 

PATA Travel Mart underway in Malaysia (Photo Feature)

The 41st edition of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart-2018 kicked off in Langkawi, Malaysia from Thursday. Organized by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia and the PATA Head Office, over 1,000 representatives from 70 countries are participating in the mega event of the tourism industry of Asia-Pacific. Altogether 252 buyers and 200 sellers […]

The 41st edition of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart-2018 kicked off in Langkawi, Malaysia from Thursday.
Organized by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia and the PATA Head Office, over 1,000 representatives from 70 countries are participating in the mega event of the tourism industry of Asia-Pacific.

Altogether 252 buyers and 200 sellers are participating in the event, according to Sudhan Suebdi, senior officer of Nepal TOurism Board, who is a part of Nepali travel delegation.

Altogether 10 travel companies from Nepal are participating in the event. Nepal’s participation in the event is jointly coordinated by NTB, Nepal Airlines Corporation, and PATA Nepal Chapter.

NTB is also the sponsor of Buyers’ Lounge at the PATA Travel Mart.

The event will conclude on September 14.

All photos: Sudhan Subedi/NTB

A Nepali exhibitor deals with buyers.

Representatives of a Nepali exhibitor in talks with a buyer.

Journalists at a media briefing organized by the Nepali travel delegation.

Delegates take a coffee break at the Buyers’ Lounge of PATA Travel Mart. The lounge is sponsored by Nepal Tourism Board.

Sunil Sharma, senior manager of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), informing a buyer about Nepal’s tourism products and services.