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.

‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ logo unveiled

The Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY 2020) Main Organizing Committee has unveiled the logo for the Government of Nepal’s campaign Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY2020). 

The Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY 2020) Main Organizing Committee has unveiled the logo for the Government of Nepal’s campaign Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY2020).

The 1st meeting of the VNY2020 main organizing committee chaired by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr Rabindra Adhikari unveiled the logo.

Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said that the logo truly depicts Nepal’s ethos and vibes and stands true to the message — ‘Visit Nepal for Lifetime Experiences’. The logo will be used as the main promotional branding of the VNY2020 Campaign, it added.

The logo, which was designed by Uddhab Rimal from Boudha, Kathmandu, was selected from 145 entries of the VNY2020 logo competition announced through Facebook by Nepal Tourism Board on April 10, 2018. The winner will receive a cash prize of Rs. 100,000.

NTB launches website in Chinese language

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has launched its website in Chinese language in a bid to attract more visitors from the northern neighbor.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Chinese envoy to Nepal Yu Hong jointly launched the new site – cn.welcomenepal.com – amid a function attended by high-ranking government officials, tourism professionals and Chinese diaspora in Kathmandu.

According to a statement issued by NTB, the website includes information about various tourism destinations of Nepal, photos and videos, different activities and things-to-do as well as necessary information for the Chinese nationals.

Speaking at the program, Minister Adhikari said that launching of website and promotional collaterals in Chinese language is expected to help increase more Chinese visitors to Nepal. “Since we are aim to welcome 1.5 million foreign tourists during Visit Nepal Year 2020, this website will play a crucial role in meeting the target,” Adhikari said.

According to a data of Department of Immigration, Nepal received a total of 36,384 Chinese tourists via air in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 34,133 visitors from India.

Adhikari also said that needful preparation was being made to add flights to some new Chinese cities from Kathmandu within few months.

Also speaking at the program, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong said that China attaches great importance to bilateral tourism cooperation and encourages more Chinese nationals to visit Nepal. “Bilateral tourism cooperation will promote people-to-people exchanges and create a harmonious atmosphere for the development of bilateral relations,” she added.

On the occasion, NTB also launched promotional videos of all seven provinces of the country.