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.

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).

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.