NEPAL EYES 1.5 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2020

NEPAL EYES 1.5 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2020

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Nepal aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2020 with one third of them coming from China and India, Nepal’s Tourism Ministry has said. The country is set to organize the year 2020 as Visit Nepal Year. It will be the third national level initiative to promote Nepal’s tourism sector since the country first celebrated Visit Nepal Year in 1998 followed by the Nepal Tourism Year in 2011.In 2017, Nepal welcomed 940,218 foreign tourists. It expects a growth of foreign tourists by 30 percent every year since 2018 to meet the target of 1.5 million tourists by 2020. “China and India are two largest source markets for Nepal. But, there is still huge scope of more tourist arrivals from these two neighbours. So, our main focus of promotional activities will be China and India for Visit Nepal Year,” Krishna Prasad Devkota, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said on Tuesday. “We have not set any target of tourist arrivals from China and India for the Visit Nepal Year 2020 so far. But, our tentative estimate is that there will be arrivals of 250,000 each from the two neighboring giants. In 2017, Nepal welcomed 104,664 Chinese and 160,832 Indian tourists.”

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Other traditional source markets of Nepal’s tourism are North America and the Europe. However, the country is also planning to explore new source markets including South East Asia and Eastern Europe.“We see great scope of attracting large number of tourists from these new source markets,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, chief executive officer of Nepal Tourism Board, the main tourism promotion body. As the tourism sector is recovering from the twin disasters – deadly earthquake in 2015 and subsequent Indian economic blockade for nearly five months in 2015 and 2016, Nepali government has expected the Visit Nepal Year would be helpful to heavily boost the country’s tourism sector.

As a part of preparation for the Visit Nepal Year, the Nepali government has planned to organize road shows, promoting Nepal in three major cities of China and India in collaboration with tour operators of the two countries. On the other hand, Nepali government has planned to keep Nepal’s only international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, open for more than 20 hours a day from current 17 hours a day in the next three months. The target is expected to be aided by the possible completion of another international airport, known as Gautam Buddha International Airport which is expected to be completed by 2019, in Bhairahawa, a southwestern town.

Source: Nepal Travel News

Chinese tourists see Nepal as a preferred destination

Chinese tourists see Nepal as a preferred destination

The Nepal Tourism Board participated in the 11th China Outbound Travel and Tourism Mart 2015 in Beijing from 14-16 April held in China National Agriculture Exhibition Center. The mart was one of the major travel exhibitions where buyers from all over the world come to lure outbound Chinese market. UK based Tarsus Inc organizes the fair.

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NTB participated alongside four companies from Nepal. The three day fair saw a host of buyers thronging to Nepal stall to inquire about the attractions in Nepal. Companies from Nepal reported an encouraging sign for Nepal tourism in China.

COTTM showcased over 380 exhibitors from 65 countries. The show remains the best platform for China’s outbound tour operators and travel professionals to meet, discuss and contact upcoming season for their clients. The exhibition also featured seminars and workshops for the participating exhibitors to better understand China’s outbound tourism trends, future challenges, market intelligence and commercial opportunities.

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China now is the number one outbound market in the world. Nepal of late has seen a surge in Chinese tourist arrival. Soft trekking, city tour and shopping top the list of activities for Chinese tourist in Nepal. Younger Chinese generations see Nepal as a preferred destination for adventure.

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Nepal and China sign agreement to Develop Mountain Tourism

Nepal and China have signed an agreement to promote bilateral cooperation in the areas of mountaineering and tourism.

President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Ang Tshering Sherpa and Leader of Delegation and General Secretary of China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA), Zhang Min Sien, yesterday signed the protocol agreement in presence of Tourism Secretary Suresh Man Shrestha.

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The agreement aims to exchange projects by sharing information on mountain climbing and other techniques. Information related to mountain environment and its effects on climate would also be shared. The agreement would also promote exploration of ideas and approaches to boost tourism in both the countries.

In a bid to make mountaineering a safe profession, training and rescue techniques would also be exchanged between the nations, a joint statement released by NMA and CTMA said. Common issues and agendas affecting mountain tourism would also be explored, the statement said. In order to develop creative mountain climbing activities, it is very important that CTMA and NMA deepen their friendship by forging mutual understanding, it said.

“The friendly relationship between the two organizations will help in providing livelihood to the people residing in the mountain region of both the countries,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of NMA.

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Chinese envoy says poor air links hindering Tourism

Chinese envoy says poor air links hindering Tourism

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KATHMANDU, AUG 28 – Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai on Wednesday said that the limited capacity of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and lack of other international airports in Nepal had stood as a major hindrance to increased air connectivity between Nepal and China.

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Currently, the government has been upgrading Gautam Buddha airport in Bhairahawa to a regional international airport with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) while there has been little progress in developing another planned regional international airport in Pokhara with Chinese assistance.

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“Once two international airports are built in Pokhara and Lumbini, there will be more space for air connectivity and more Chinese tourists will come to Nepal,” he said. He added that there were other Chinese airlines that wanted to conduct direct flights to Nepal from Beijing and Shenzhen if TIA was upgraded.

The flow of Chinese tourists has been increasing in recent years. According to the Tourism Ministry, arrivals from the northern neighbour reached an all-time high of 113,173 last year largely due to improved air connectivity.

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With the growing number of Chinese arrivals to Nepal, the two countries agreed a few months ago to let Chinese carriers operate 56 flights weekly from 14 flights earlier.

At present, three Chinese airlines—Air China, China Eastern and China Southern—operate daily scheduled flights to Nepal from Guangzhou, Kunming and Lhasa. Similarly, China’s Sichuan Airlines has been showing interest in linking Nepal. The Chinese envoy also stressed the need to promote Nepal as a tourist destination in China. According to him, Nepal can tap some portion of the large number of Chinese tourists through promotional activities. Every year, around 97 million Chinese travel abroad.

“Nepal can also benefit by attracting the tourists visiting Tibet with which Nepal shares close land connectivity,” he said. According to him, Tibet receives 15 million visitors annually. “If Nepal could lure even a small percentage of Tibet-bound visitors, it would greatly enhance the country’s tourism sector.”

Earlier, Rajesh Kaji Shrestha, president of the Nepal Chamber of Commerce, had urged the Chinese envoy to help increase air connectivity to increase the flow of Chinese tourists. He also urged simplifying visas for Chinese visitors to Nepal.

Apart from the issue of boosting arrivals from China, Shrestha urged greater Chinese investment in agriculture, hydropower and mining-related industries. He also called for facilitating the establishment of branches of Chinese bank in Nepal which would simplify business transactions between the two countries. China has been providing duty-free facility to 7,831 products from Nepal. “However, problems like complex quarantine procedures and certificate of origin process and lack of provision for providing multiple entry visas for businessmen have been preventing traders from benefiting from the duty-free facility,” said Shrestha.

Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador said Nepali traders should focus on increasing value addition in their products and developing B2B relationship with their Chinese counterparts to enhance the country’s trade with China. According to him, there is growing demand for Nepali products like handicrafts, cheese and tea in China.

China willing to help landslide victims

Chinese Ambassador Wu Chuntai on Wednesday said that China was willing to provide logistic support worth 2 million yuan to the victims of the landslide and flooding of the Sunkoshi River at Jure of Sindhupalchok district on August 2. “We are holding talks with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purpose,” said the envoy, adding that they were also willing to provide technical support to reconstruct the areas devastated by the landslide. Nepal-China trade through the Tatopani customs point has been at a standstill for the last three weeks as the Araniko Highway to Tibet was destroyed by the landslide and flood. The Chinese envoy said they had facilitated transportation of trade goods through the Kyirong-Rasuwagadhi route. “Some cargo carrying containers from China have already arrived in Kathmandu through the alternative route,” he said.

Source : Ekantipur