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29
June
2012
Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board

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Plans and Programs interactions with local stakeholders in Pokhara
Asar 15' being observed
Bhoto Jatra observed
Tourists in Asia-Pacific increasing

Plans and Programs interactions with local stakeholders in Pokhara

Nepal Tourism Board organized a special Budget meet with its regional stakeholders' in Pokhara on June 27, 2012. The aim of the meet was to solicit the programs for the forthcoming Fiscal Year 2069/70 in order to embrace plans and programs covering those regions in most balanced way.

Mr. Aditya Baral, Public Relations and Publicity Director of NTB, interacted with the key local stakeholders of Pokhara, Lekhnath, Baglung, Gorkha, Lamjung, Sirubari, Panchase and answered their flurry of queries on tourism development and promotion issues concerning that region. Over 3 dozens of tourism entrepreneurs, tourism association heads, village tourism coordinators, and the representatives of district level Chamber of Commerce and Industries raised issues concerning their areas and anticipated of funding partnership for the proper development and promotions of their endowments. Most of the issues were in the ambit of institutional enhancement of NTB Office - Pokhara, HRD programs for frontline tourism personnel and city tour guide training, special encouragement programs and international exposure visits for the local tourism entrepreneurs and peripheral sites popularly located around there.

In this connection, NTB Director Mr. Baral assured the participating tourism stakeholders of Pokhara and surrounding region that he will endeavor his best to incorporate all the local demands raised at the forum in the upcoming Board's budgetary plan despite its limited financial and human resources.

Mr. Deepak R. Joshi, and Ms. Sraddha Shrestha, Sr. officers of NTB had presented the overall precise framework of NTB programs and opened the floor for discussion. Similar programs are being organized in other regions too.

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Asar 15' being observed

Farmers in Nepal are celebrating Asar 15 (June 29) as the National Paddy Day by planting paddy in their fields. Asar 15 celebration includes singing, dancing and a feast of beaten rice and curd (Dahi-Chiura).

The day holds special significance culturally as well as economically as paddy contributes significantly to the total agricultural produce in the country.

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Bhoto Jatra observed


Machhindranath Bhoto Jatra was observed on June 24, 2012 by displaying black bejeweled vest of Machhindranath to the public from the Rato Machhindranath chariot in Patan.

Machchhindranath's Bhoto (vest) was displayed in the presence of President Ram Baran Yadav, senior ministers, top security and government officials and dignitaries. Machchhindranath is known as the deity of rain and good harvest.

The display of Bhoto officially concluded the month-long procession of Rato Machhindranath chariot that was taken through various streets of ancient town of Patan by groups of devotees. Both Hindu and Buddhist people of Newar community celebrate the Machhindranath Chariot pulling fair, which is known as the longest fair in Kathmandu valley.

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Tourists in Asia-Pacific increasing


International arrivals into Asia/Pacific destinations grew by 10 per cent year-on-year in March 2012, according to preliminary data released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on June 28, 2012.

South Asia was the second fastest growing market reporting 14 per cent year-on-year growth during March this year although in terms of visitor volume, it was still far behind other Asia/Pacific sub-regions (860,000 arrivals for the month), the report said.

Nepal and Sri Lanka in particular were very strong performers in March this year, with gains of 37 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively. Southeast Asia was the fastest growing sub-region in Asia/Pacific during March with a 15 per cent increase in international arrivals.

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Mr. Aditya Baral, Director(Left) at the interaction
 

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