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.

 

 

 

Nepal promoted in Sichuan

Nepal received unprecedented religious and tourism mileage as the Birthplace of Lord Buddha at the 5th Sichuan International Travel Expo (SCITE) 18 held in Leshan, China from September 6 to 9, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in a statement.

Nepal received unprecedented religious and tourism mileage as the Birthplace of Lord Buddha at the 5th Sichuan International Travel Expo (SCITE) 18 held in Leshan, China from September 6 to 9, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in a statement.

Nepal was the Country of Honor at this year’s edition of Sichuan International Travel Expo.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Prasad Adhikari, led the Nepali delegation in the expo. The delegation comprised of Members of Parliament, Mayors of Lumbini, Tansen and Ramgram municipalities, Nepal Tourism Board, Lumbini Development Trust and tourism entrepreneurs.

Minister Adhikari addressed the opening ceremony of the expo and visited the Nepal Pavilion as well as held several high-level meetings with the Governor of Sichuan, the Mayor of Leshan, Heads of the famous Dado Zen temple and Leshan Buddha temple to discuss mutual cooperation and promotion of tourism in the very potential China market, NTB said in the statement.

The highlight of the visit was the signing of MOU between Leshan, the home of the biggest Buddha statue in the world and Lumbini, Tansen and Ramgram for promotion of Buddhist tourism.

Meanwhile, Minister Adhikari also handed over holy soil from Lumbini to the Leshan Buddha Museum.

Nepal Week was also organized on the sidelines of the expo. Nepal’s ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal inaugurated the event last week. The event featured exhibition and sale of Nepali handicrafts and showcased Nepal’s culinary delights. Photo exhibition, live pottery and cultural dances were the other attractions of the event.

Minister Adhikari and the Mayor of Leshan have expressed great commitment in strengthening the ties between Leshan and Lumbini and this will definitely go a long way in promoting Nepal’s tourism in China. Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) coordinated participation of travel agents in the B2B session of the expo.

According to NTB, the Nepali delegation used the event to promote Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

 

 

 

Tourist arrivals up 74 percent in July

Tourist arrivals to Nepal posted a remarkable growth of 73.5 percent year-on-year to 73,285 visitors in July. According to data released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the healthy growth in the seventh month of 2018 took growth in overall tourist arrivals in the seven-month period to 18 percent. Nepal welcomed 593,299 foreign tourists between January […]

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Tourist arrivals to Nepal posted a remarkable growth of 73.5 percent year-on-year to 73,285 visitors in July.

According to data released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the healthy growth in the seventh month of 2018 took growth in overall tourist arrivals in the seven-month period to 18 percent. Nepal welcomed 593,299 foreign tourists between January and July, 2018.

The increased tourist footfalls in July were contributed by a strong growth of 80.4 percent year-on-year from India – the largest tourist generating market for the country. Similarly, overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66.1 percent in July compared to the same month of last year, despite a 9 percent drop in arrivals from Bangladesh.

Likewise, arrivals from China recorded an exponential growth of 125.4 percent compared to figures of the same month last year. Total arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC region) were also up 86.2 percent, contributed by healthy growth in arrivals from Japan (36 percent) and South Korea (21.9 percent).

Arrivals from Europe also increase by a whopping 54.1 percent in July helped by strong growth from the UK (68.9 percent), Germany (53.9 percent) and Spain (41.2 percent). However, arrivals from Austria were down 72.6 percent.

Australia and New Zealand also logged tremendous growths of 113.9 percent and 75.2 percent, respectively. Arrivals from the US and Canada were also up 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent year-on-year in July.

Commenting on the healthy rise in tourist arrivals, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, said in addition to the neighboring markets, the Asia Pacific region has seen rapid economic development and dynamic changes in recent time. “The positive growth in visitor arrivals from all major markets are highly encouraging and undoubtedly present significant opportunities to travel trade sector and to the entire country,” he said, adding: “The government’s priority in infrastructure development and announcement of Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY 2020) is well-received by the national as well as international travel trade.”

The government has decided to celebrate the year 2020 as ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ to bring more foreign tourists to the country.

NTB promotes VNY 2020 in Kolkata

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with 11 private tourism companies from Kathmandu and the eastern region, participated at the Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held in Indian city of Kolkata from 6 to 8 July.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with 11 private tourism companies from Kathmandu and the eastern region, participated at the Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held in Indian city of Kolkata from 6 to 8 July.

During the fair, the Nepali travel delegation apprised the Indian visitors, tour operators and media representatives about the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign and discussed about the possibility of joint partnership to promote Ramayana Circuit comprising of Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Nepal as well as Sri Lanka, a statement issued by the NTB said.

The three-day fair was inaugurated by Bangladeshi Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Shajahan Kamal.

Mani Raj Lamichhane, director of NTB, led the Nepali travel delegation in TTF Kolkata. Speaking at the program, he proposed developing joint promotional collaterals of the Ramayana Circuit and taking them to the prospective pilgrims, researchers and potential travellers.

Commenting on high airfare on Kolkata-Kathmandu sector, Air India’s Assistant General Manager Jayanta Bhattacharya said that the carrier may consider slashing the fares on the route and also explore opportunities to operate the daily flights in the sector if the demands grow.

Air India currently flies four times a week on the sector.

TTF Kolkata is the oldest and one of the busiest travel trade shows in India. With the increasing importance of outbound and inbound potential in the East and Southwest Asia, it serves as a strategically important gateway for the industry, NTB added in the statement.

More than 430 exhibitors from 28 Indian states and 13 countries, including Nepal, participated in the event held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.

Nepal Sales Mission in Australia

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) organized Nepal Sales Mission in three major Australian cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane between July 2 and 5, 2018.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) organized Nepal Sales Mission in three major Australian cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane between July 2 and 5, 2018.

The sales mission was organized in coordination with Hotel Association Nepal (HAN).

Issuing a statement, NTB said that it promoted nature, culture, wildlife and adventure activities of Nepal in the Australian cities. “In addition to Mt. Everest, Lumbini, Himalayas and adventure, we also portrayed Nepal as the center of peace and harmony, spirituality, yoga and meditation,” NTB said in the statement, adding that cultural heritage of Nepal was also featured prominently in the show.

The sales mission also promoted Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign and highlighted the most conducive environment in Nepal for travel.

Laxman Gautam, senior manager of NTB, made detailed presentations on various facets of tourism in Nepal to wholesaler travel agents in all the three cities.
Honorary Consulate of Victoria Chandra Yonzan welcomed participants in Melbourne, while Honorary Consulate of New South Wales Deepak Khadka and Honorary Public Relations Representative of NTB for Queensland Swotantra Pratap Shah made welcome remarks in Sydney and Brisbane, respectively.

The NTB delegation also made a presentation to Australian business personalities, US Consulate based in Victoria, some Members of Parliament of the State of Victoria in Melbourne in a dinner session of investment forum organized jointly by Nepal Embassy in Australia and Nepal’s Consulate Office in Victoria. In addition, it also organized a media conference in Sydney.

According to NTB, the sales mission attracted more than 130 tour operators and 20 media representatives in the three cities. NTB also awarded free Nepal trip to winners of lucky draw conducted in each city.

“NTB has identified Australia as a country with huge potential for market expansion. 33,371 Australian visitors visited Nepal in the year 2017 and the market is expanding in a good pace,” the NTB added in the statement.