Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
(Printable version)
April 27, 2012
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NTB receives PATA Gold Award for CD Rom
Tourism promotion program held in Kolkata
Help promote Nepal's tourism: State Minister Sah
Tourism Business Promoted in China
Nepal's Super Sherpa crosses the Himalayas

NTB receives PATA Gold Award for CD Rom

Mr. Aditya Baral, , Director - PR & Publicity and Mr. Samir Bajracharya, Sr. Officer – IT of Nepal Tourism Board received the 2012 PATA Gold Awards for CD Rom category at 2012 PATA Gold Awards Lunch and Awards Presentation hosted by Macau Government Touris Office at The Taman Mahsuri Courtyard, Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The award was given by Mr. Martin J. Craigs, CEO PATA on April 21, 2012.

Nepal Tourism Board's Interactive DVD ROM is part of this initiative in promoting and showcasing what Nepal has to offer. The interactive DVD-ROM features information on various outdoor activities in Nepal such as trekking and mountaineering, rafting and Kayaking, as well as useful information on tourism related services, facts for visitors and suggested itineraries for travellers.

About the CD Rom judge comments, "A great way of showcasing information in a creative and highly interactive way"

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Tourism promotion program held in Kolkata

Nepalese Consulate General, Kolkata and Nepal Tourism Board jointly organized a program at Kolkata on April 21, 2012 entitled ‘Rediscovery of Nepal: a Hidden Treasure of Nepal. Inaugurating the program Hon’ble State Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ms. Jwala Kumari Sah said that the government has recently launched “Tourism Vision 2020” with viewsd of maximizing the tourism benefits by developing Nepal as a premier holiday destination with ‘Inclusiveness’ and ‘sustainable’ fashion so as to distribute equally the benefit of tourism. She also highlighted ‘Visit Lumbini year 2012’. She also urged the tourism entrepreneurs of West Bengal to invest in the tourism sector in Nepal.

Addressing the program, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Government of West Bengal Mr. Rachhpal Singh said that Nepal is the best destination for people of India as they don’t need visa, and people of Nepal speak Hindi and English. He further said that he would pursue Indian government to lower the airfare between Kolkata and Kathmandu to promote tourism in the both side. He also suggested to develop joint package of Buddhist pilgrimage between Kolkata and Nepal to take benefit of increasing Buddhist pilgrimage tourism. Hon’ble Minister of Disaster Management , Fire and Emergency Services and Civil Defence Mr. Janab Javed Ahmed Khan said that Nepal is paradise for tourists, and Nepal and West Bengal should work together in fostering tourism in their respective areas. Tourism Secretary of West Bengal Mr. Raghbendra Singha emphasized on bringing foreign tourists from Nepal to India and vice versa.

Consul General of Nepal Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire welcoming the guests spoke about the various tourism products existed in Nepal. He further said, “ The year 2011 had been celebrated as ‘Nepal Tourism Year’ and the year 2012 we are celebrating it as ‘Visit Lumbini Year’ and ‘ Nepal Investement year’. These all manifest that our take-off is ready for our prosperity. At a time when we are reconstructing our country from new point I would like to request you all to show us your constant encouragement and support.”

Mr. D. K. Jaiswal, President, West Bengal- Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Deputy Mayor of Kolkata Smt Farzana Alam also addressed the function. During the program, Nepal Tourism Board made 10 minute documentary presentation of Nepal’s tourism products. A cultural dance was staged by local Nepali community of Nepal. The program was supported by West Bengal- Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Help promote Nepal's tourism: State Minister Sah

Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jwala Kumari Sah, has urged the West Bengal Government of India to help promote tourism in Nepal.

Minister of State Saha, who is on a visit to India, met with Tourism Minister of West Bengal, Rachpal Singh on April 20, and urged him to help Nepal's endeavours to tourism promotion.

Under Secretary Matrika Marasini, a member in the entourage said Minister of State Sah told West Bengal Minister Rachpal that the peace process had reached a logical conclusion in Nepal and constitution writing was also nearing the final stage. It has created favourable environment for tourism in Nepal, he said quoting the minister of state.

On the occasion, Minister Singh reminded that tourists from both Nepal and India had to face hassles at the Raxaul border and urged both sides to work to make the border hassle free.

Minister of State Sah is in West Bengal to participate in a programme, 'Rediscovery of Nepal' organised jointly by Nepal Tourism Board and West Bengal-Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industries today.

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Tourism Business Promoted in China

Nepal Tourism Board coordinated Nepal’s participation at China Overseas Travel and Tourism Market (COTTM) at Beijing from April 18 -20, 2012. The Fair was opened to only international tourism buyers and sellers and was attended by 13 Nepalese companies who found the fair to be a very promising tourism business platform. The participation comes at a time when the arrivals of Chinese tourists have risen above 60 % and the numbers have gone to 75,000 during the year 2011.

Nepal’s delegation was led by Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Ganesh Raj Joshi who made presentations on tourism issues and opportunities of Nepal during the inauguration of Exhibition and also during the Nepal China Sales Mission 2012 with 22 Nepalese tourism agencies in different cities like Kunming, Shanghai, Beijing and Xian coordinated by Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agents (NATTA ) and supported by NTB.

The media, Chinese tour operators and Chinese provincial officials were apprised about tourism products and services of Nepal and the willingness to support and cooperate with them for the mutual benefit of tourism between the two countries.

Kathmandu is well connected to different cities of China like Kunming, Guongzhou, Lhasa and Hongkong which offer good onward connections to different parts of China. With aggressive promotion, ever since the Approved Destination Status was accorded to Nepal by China in 2001, the tourists from China are growing in numbers with further prospects.

Chinese government officials, businessmen and leisure segment are prospective segments for the Nepalese tourism market and they prefer to visit Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini and Nagarkot for a week and like to enjoy shopping Nepali handicrafts, go on a jungle safari, observe the heritage sites of Kathmandu valley and are very much impressed by the hospitality of the people. They also prefer to speak in Chinese Language and eat Chinese food while traveling.

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Nepal's Super Sherpa crosses the Himalayas

Nepal's "Super Sherpa" on Wednesday voiced amazement at the pace of change in the country's remote Himalayan communities, as he celebrated his return from one of the world's most difficult treks.

Apa Sherpa, 52, arrived in Kathmandu earlier this week after leading the first expedition to complete the Great Himalayan Trail, a 1,700-kilometre (1,050-mile) trek spanning the entire length of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Sherpa, who earned his nickname for scaling Mount Everest a record 21 times, said the world's highest mountain range had undergone a "transformation", with improved transport links, communications and education.

"I was happy to see kids going to schools and people better connected through mobile phones," Sherpa told reporters.

"But I was saddened to see children working as porters when they should have been going to school," he said, adding that he found many schools shut so that pupils could work as labourers.

Sherpa and three companions set off in January on the Climate Smart Celebrity Trek, an expedition promoting tourism and highlighting the effects of climate change.

The adventurers set out from the shadow of the world's third-highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga, in the east and finished at Nepal's border with Tibet in the west, 20 days ahead of schedule.

Along the way they traversed some of the world's most rugged landscapes, ascending beyond 6,000 metres (19,600 feet).

They said they received letters of support from former US vice-president Al Gore, British actress Joanna Lumley and Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner.

Dawa Steven Sherpa, a member of the expedition who has climbed Everest twice, said the group found mountain communities that rely on subsistence farming were suffering the effects of climate change.

"The soil fertility has gone down, the rains arrive late and this is affecting the farmers," he said. ( News Courtesy: AFP)

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Buddha Jayanti
Date :- May 6, 2012

India Nepal Crafts Festival
Date :- April 27- May2, 2012
Time :- 11am - 6pm
Organizer:- South Asia Foundation
  in association with :
  Embassy of India in Kathmandu,
  Government of GOA,
  B.P. Koirala India Nepal Foundation
  Promoted by NTB.
Venue :- Nepal Academy, Kamaladi

Sarad Pradhan     Asst. Editor: Sudhan Subedi

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