World Tourism Day celebrated with gusto

440867326_640Nepal celebrated 34th World Tourism Day by organizing various programs throughout the country on September 27.
First three tourists who landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on the day were welcomed and felicitated by the government, officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and different travel trade associations amid a colorful ceremony. Miriam Mahaer and Mohar Mahaer of Israel and Henrick Nilshon of Sweden were the first tourists that landed at the on the day.
Different tourism organizations also took out a morning procession on the day. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with number of travel trade organizations participated in the rally that started from Sanchakosh Building in Thamel and passed through Durbar Marg, Ghantaghar, Ratna Park, Bhadrakali, Sundhara and New Road Gate before culminating into a gathering at Basantapur.
Participants carried placards and banners carrying different messages in line with this year’s World Tourism Day’s theme – Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.
Speaking at the gathering, representatives of different travel trade associations stressed the need to conserve water resources to promote our tourism industry.
At a function organized later on the day, the tourism ministry felicitated Min Bahadur Sherchan – the eldest Nepali to climb Mt Everest. Special TIMS counter and help desk set up at NTB premises were also inaugurated on the day.
Street Festival was organized in Thamel in the evening. Various colorful programs and live concert by different artistes and musical groups were organized at the street festival. Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) Pokhara Chapter also organized street festival in Pokhara on the day.
Similarly, Nepal Association of Raftng Agents (NARA) organized special rafting trips on Trishuli and Bhotekoshi rivers in line with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.’

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