Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara) campaign holds interaction in Patna, India

Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara) campaign holds interaction in Patna, India
Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara)

Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara)

A team of Nepal tourism entrepreneurs held an interaction with Indian tourism entrepreneurs and media-persons in Patna, the capital of India’s Bihar state today.

The team is there as part of a campaign to publicise Nepal’s tourist destinations and attract India tourists. The efforts are part of the campaign entitled ‘Chaliye Pokhara’ in Hindi language (Lets go to Pokhara in English) started six years ago by the Western Region Hotel Association, Pokhara in support of the Nepal Tourism Board.

The campaign that is held every year will conclude on July 4 for this year.

Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara)

Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara)

The interaction focused on making Nepal’s tourist destinations known to Indian community and attracting the locals, said one of the participants of the team. The team includes 30 members from among tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara and Lumbini, officials of the NTB and media-persons.

Another interaction will be held in Lucknow later today, said the Association’s President Bikal Tulachan.

Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara)

Chaliye Pokhara (Lets go to Pokhara)

The campaign is aimed at reviving and strengthening tourism that was affected badly by the April 2015 earthquake, the India-imposed economic blockade and Tarai-Madhes protests.

Under the campaign, Indian tourists will be invited to visit Pokhara with an offer of a special package, said the Association’s General Secretary Ganesh Raj Pahari.

Source: TOURISMMAIL

Nepal in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best to Travel in 2017’ list

Mount Everest - Top of the World

Mount Everest – Top of the World

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Nepal in its ‘Best to Travel in 2017’ list.

Nepal has been placed in the fifth position in the list of top ten countries to travel in 2017.

Even natural disasters can’t keep Nepal down for long. The 2015 earthquakes caused devastation, but what is most striking from a traveler’s perspective is not how much was lost but how much remains. Landmark temples crumbled, but others came through with just the odd tile out of place, and whole swathes of the country escaped serious damage, including most of the popular trekking trails, said Lonely Planet.

Yak Long-haired Himalayan Bovine

Yak Long-haired Himalayan Bovine

Nepal has all the skills required to repair monuments and infrastructure, but what it does need is income. By visiting Nepal now and supporting local culture and people, you could help a nation rebuild and bounce back even stronger, it added.

Canada, Colombia, Finland and Dominica are ahead of Nepal in the list. Similarly, Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia trail Nepal in the annual list.

Similarly, Nepal has also topped the list of ‘Best Value Destinations’. According to the list, Nepal is at the top of the list of 10 places which the travel guidebook says offer best value for the ‘travel bargains for the budget-conscious’.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

Noting that Nepal is bouncing back from earthquakes and fuel strike that made getting round the country tough, Lonely Planet writes ‘Nepal remains a fabulous choice for budget-conscious travelers, who can access the best of its world-famous trekking routes and underrated wildlife for well south of US$ 50 a day ‘.

“Visitor numbers are slowly recovering and the time is ripe to get back to Nepal’s mighty mountains; wherever you go, you’ll receive a warm welcome, as your visit brings much-needed income to communities getting back on their feet, added the publication.

Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley

According to Lonely Planet, its staffers come up with hundreds of places that are ‘buzzing right now, offer new things for travelers to see or do, or are criminally overlooked and underrated.’ “Amid fierce debate, the list is whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions and 10 cities that travelers must visit in the year ahead,” said the Lonely Planet about the process of picking up recommendations. “Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. We don’t just report on the trends, we set them – helping you get there before the crowds do,” it added.

Source: Myrepublica

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Aussie delegation terms Nepal a safe tourist destination

Aussie delegation terms Nepal a safe tourist destination

An Australian delegation led by lawmaker Jing Lee returned home today after completing a weeklong visit.

Speaking at a press meet at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) before her departure, lawmaker Lee said her delegation arrived here seeking to support Nepal in its ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction campaign and added that Nepal is safe for travel.

Nepal a safe tourist destination

During her Nepal visit, she found it safer, she shared her experiences, urging the international community to visit Nepal and help it in the reconstruction efforts. Nepal is rich in history, art, culture and adventurous trekking routes, mountains, flora and fauna and natural possessions have made it a wonderful tourist destination, she described.

In her words, one must visit Nepal once. She said during its stay here, the delegation member visited the areas within the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, and Chitwan and was mesmerized by the natural beauty of Pokhara.

Traditional art and culture inherited by the capital, extra-ordinary natural beauty possessed by Pokhara, an elephant riding in Chitwan and hospitality shown by the Nepali citizen to them touched their hearts and made a print in their minds, the Australian guest said.

Lee born in Malaysia is currently the lawmaker from the Australia ruling party Liberal Party of Australia.

Nepal a safe tourist destination

Nepal a safe tourist destination

Our visit was aimed at giving a message to the world that Nepal that resisted a major earthquake last year is safe as a tourist destination, she said, adding that after return home, she would encourage the Australian people to visit Nepal. She said she would take her time at the parliament there to inform lawmakers about Nepal and its beauty. During the visit, the Austrian lawmaker called on the Prime Minister and the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, some of her counterparts and the government senior officials.

At the press meet, Nepal’s Honorary Consul to the South Australia Deepak Dhamala said Lee’s visit has helped further consolidate the bilateral ties existing between Nepal and Australia.

Lawmaker Lee is also learnt to have individually contributed to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Fund in the wake of the powerful earthquake (April 25, 2015) in the country.

Source: Myrepublica

World Travel Market 2016 – The world meets in London

World Travel Market 2016 – The world meets in London

World Travel Market

Thousands of professionals from the travel and tourism industry are gathering in London this weekend as World Travel Market prepares to open its doors for the 37th time with a new look, new programme.

This year, for the first time, WTM London 2016 will be a three day event, taking place on Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November, with extended hours from 10:00 to 19:00.

This means that even more business than last year (when £2.5 billion of deals were signed) will be conducted.

WTM London 2016 includes an array of new features, including the new 300-seater amphitheatre – the Inspire Theatre – added to the exhibitor floor in the North Hall of ExCeL, while the International Press Centre will now be located on the exhibition floor in the South Hall, facilitating improved contact between the media and exhibitors.

More than 80 conference seminars will take place throughout the three days, covering all the key sectors including aviation, hotels, sports, tourism, responsible tourism, blogging, social media, and travel technology.

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World Travel Market 2016, ExCeL, London.

World Travel Market 2016, ExCeL, London.

More than 18,000 attendees are expected at conference sessions, including 9,000 unique delegates, and more than 38 travel industry sectors represented at WTM London.

Delegates can discover the latest worldwide travel and tourism industry data, statistics, and trends from the leading research organisations Euromonitor International, Mintel, and Nielsen.

Mintel session will cover the impact and opportunities of Brexit on the UK travel market.

On Monday, the event kicks off with the WTM Speed Networking on the Global Stage, bringing 1,400 exhibitors and more than 200 business senior buyers over one session.

It will help to broker connections and business opportunities between buyers and exhibitors before the exhibition floor opens.

The two pillars of the WTM London 2016, World Responsible Tourism Day and the prestigious UNWTO & WTM Ministers Summit will both celebrate their tenth editions this year.

The Travel Tech Show at WTM is the UK  largest travel technology event, and the fastest growing region at WTM London.

The show brings together the latest products and services in technology to the global travel industry.

This year, the event has already confirmed high-profile names from the technology and travel industry, including Pegasus Solutions, DerbySoft, and Open Destinations.

In 2015, more than 55,000 meetings took place in the Travel Tech Show at WTM London.

WTM London parent company, Reed Exhibitions, has signed a global agreement with hotel booking website HotelMap to give delegates attending any of its travel events access to state-of-the-art hotel booking.

The deal starts with bookings for WTM London.

WTM London will conclude with the popular WTM Festivals.

A number of exhibitors will host parties showcasing their culture, music, and cuisine.

The festivals give everyone the opportunity to socialise after the traditional working hours in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

Source:WTM

2018 to be observed as Visit Nepal Year

2018 to be observed as Visit Nepal Year

The government has announced that it will observe 2018 as ‘Visit Nepal Year’ with a target of welcoming on million tourists to the country.

The announcement has come in the wake of slump in tourist arrivals due to devastating earthquakes of 2015 and border disruptions.

Swayambhunath Stupa

The Policy and Programs for 2016/17 states that the government will launch different promotional programs prior to the Visit Nepal Year 2018.

The government had observed similar campaign in 2011 with a target of bringing one million tourists in 2011 as well. But the campaign failed to deliver. Nevertheless, the announcement is expected to rejuvenate the tourism sector hit by the earthquake and the blockade.

Nepal Annapurna Circuit

Upgradation of existing tourist destinations, identification of new destinations and infrastructure development in new areas as well as marketing of new destinations are the other plans that the government has announced for the development of tourism sector.

The government has also said that it will implement a 10-year National Strategic Tourism Plan while introducing promotional programs for attracting tourists from neighboring countries.

Mount Everest

In line with the federal structure of the country, the government also said that it will identify and develop at least one prime location as the center point in every province to develop as tourist destination.

The government also plans to bring trekking and mountaineering permit system into one-window system. “Arrangements of granting permit to tourists for trekking and mountaineering will be integrated,” reads policy and programs document.

Amid rising incident of casualties in mountain areas, the government has also said that it would set up integrated rescue centers in Everest and Annapurna regions.

Lumbini Birth Place of Lord Buddha

“Birthplace of Lord Buddha — Lumbini, Kechana – country’s lowest point, and Damak, where the world’s tallest Buddha statue will be built, will be linked with the International Buddhist Circuit,” the document reads.

At a time when Nepal’s aviation safety standard has come under scrutiny, the government has pledged to strictly implement air safety standards as per the international standard to make civil aviation in Nepal safer. Radar system will be upgraded for the improvement of internal aviation safety, according to the government policy and program.

Source: MyRepublica

US cancel travel warnings for Nepal

The US Department of State on Monday cancelled its travel warning for Nepal. Travel warning was issued on October 8 last year, citing geological instability following the earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Tarai region and fuel crisis.

Trekking-in-Nepal

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, US Embassy in Kathmandu said that the travel warning was lifted “because conditions have changed”. With the end of blockade and the effects of the earthquake no more in the country, Nepal’s tourism sector is set to be restored. According to a report of World Travel and Tourism Council, Nepal’s travel and tourism sector directly generated 487,500 jobs in 2014, representing 3.5 percent of the total employment in the country.

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The US Embassy in Kathmandu in a statement said that the travel warning was lifted because conditions have changed.

The US Department of State publishes country specific information sheets for every country in the world describing local conditions and risks for American travelers.

Source: Myrepublica