Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
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March9, 2012
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Nepal Participates in GITF
College lecture looks at Nepal and Tourism
FAM Tours organized
Tourist Coaches Hike Fare
Nepal tourism event in London

Nepal Participates in GITF

The Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2012 concluded successfully on 3rd March, 2012 attracting more than 50,000 visitors from across the country. The fair was organized by Guangdong Provincial Tourism Administration, Tourism Administration of Guang zhou Municipality and Milano Fairs Shanghai Limited wherein more than 700 national and international exhibitors participated representing 36 different countries around the globe.
Nepal Tourism Board along with 3 private companies namely: Entire Tours and Travels, Red Lion Tours and Travels and My Nepal Adventure Tours and Travels made a successful participation on the fair.
The fair provided a platform to the exhibitors for expanding their business opportunities and updating tourism information and services amidst various consumers. Nepal stall received overwhelming response from various visitors and exhibitors during all three days of the fair . The major focus of NTB stall this year in China was Lumbini campaign- The Visit Lumbini Year( VLY) . The product was well liked by the visitors and it is hoped that the arrivals from China market this year continues to shoot up the previous achievement focusing Lumbini as a preferred destination. Other equally inquired products were Adventure, Nature and leisure based activities. Amidst the youngsters the interest was found diverse.
The tourist arrivals from China have been increasing every year. In 2011, Nepal received 75,631 tourists from China by air which is 63.1% increase in comparison to the last years arrival. Most of Chinese tourists come Nepal for soft adventure and cultural tour activities. Record also shows that they love to go to jungle safari, rafting and other soft adventures.
There was univocal positive response amidst the visitors that showed Nepal as a highly demanded destination. The only need was to present Nepalese touristic products amid the customers of various interest groups. For this, focused market penetration using appropriate marketing and publicity tool is a must.

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College lecture looks at Nepal and Tourism

North Central Michigan College’s international lecture series looks at Nepal and tourism on Wednesday, March 14. This free program will take place at noon in the Library conference room on the Petoskey campus.

Tourism is the mainstay of Nepal’s economy and has shaped its development over the years. The country has been a destination for travelers throughout its history, from individuals seeking spiritual teaching to mountain climbers, trekkers and adventure tourists. Since 1981, author, professor and photographer, Carole Elchert has worked and traveled in Nepal and Tibet. She will share her insights into Nepal’s culture and show stunning photographs from her travels there.

No reservations are required. This free program is sponsored by the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium, a group of community colleges dedicated to bringing global issues, international opportunities, and information to their campuses. For more information, call 231-348-6705.

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FAM Tours organized

To add to the tally of potential new products, Tourism Product Development Department at NTB organized FAM trips of journalists. In the first week of February, a group of journalists comprising of media persons from the national and local agencies were taken to the field visit of Siddhipur, a small village lying at the outskirts of Kathmandu ring road. Known for the excellent hand-made artifacts of straw, this beautiful Newar dominant village offers quite a glimpse of century old temple of lord Shiva. It can be included as a pass by spot in the hiking itinerary starting from Godamchaur passing via Bistachhap, Bisankhunarayan and ending at Godavari.

Agra VDC, a small village resting on the north west hills of Palung valley has shown glimpse of tourism potentials. With the spectacular view of Ganesh, Langtang and Manaslu mountain range in the backdrop, Agra has slowly but steadily realized the prospect of tourism development. Largely known for the rivers with high quality stones for construction, Agra village has recently seen the establishment of a tourism development committee chaired by the Secretary of the VDC. Laden heavily with indigenous flora and fauna, beautiful terrace and tunnels and caves, the village has long been known for its highest point, Dandabaas. It lies at an elevation of around 2400 m. Dandabaas offers an almost 180 degree view of the mountains. Some works regarding home stay and basic amenities for promoting tourism in the village have commenced.

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Tourist Coaches Hike Fare

Tourist coaches operating on Pokhara-Kathmandu-Pokhara route have raised the fares citing recent hikes in petroleum prices, making traveling expensive for both domestic as well as foreign tourists.

Under the new rates, Nepali tourists will now need to pay Rs 50 more for traveling on a tourist coach on the route.

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Nepal tourism event in London

To mark the completion of the Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011 and launching of the Visit Lumbini Year 2012, Nepali embassy in London organised an event by inviting top British travel writers, photographers and journalists.

Addressing the event at the embassy premises at Kensington Garden on March 6, Nepal’s ambassador to the UK, Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise, said successful completion of the NTY 2011 had encouraged the government of Nepal to declare 2012 as the Visit Lumbini Year. “Lumbini—the birth place of Lord Buddha is not only a holy place for all the Buddhists but for all peace loving people around the world,” he said.

Ambassador Dr Chalise said Nepal offers adventure/pleasure and cultural tourism for people of all ages. He said Nepal’s topography is particularly suitable for North American and European tourists interested in mountaineering and trekking.

Making an audio-visual presentation entitled “Nepal: Paradise of Tourists,” Ms Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons of the Expedition World—a British travel company—said natural and cultural beauty of Nepal made her a unparalleled tourist destination in the world. Recalling his first trip to Nepal in 1974, Bob Gibbons said even after nearly four decades, many parts of Nepal maintained idyllic rural setting.

Stephanie Grosser, Marketing Advisor of The Great Himalayan Trail(TGHT) said TGHT is one of the longest and highest trekking trails in the world. She said the 1,700- km route connects popular treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions with exciting new trekking destinations in the West and East of Nepal.

On January 15, this year, legendary mountaineer Appa Sherpa, along with Dawa Steven Sherpa and other mountaineers, started the journey from Kathmandu with a view to make people aware of the affects of climate change in the Himalayas. The trek is expected to complete in 120 days.

“The Great Himalaya Trail is divided into ten connecting treks of 2-3 weeks length,” said Stephanie adding, “With numerous trekking options and new tourism attractions, each GHT section forms a distinct trekking and adventure destination within itself.” The details about the trail are available at www.thegreathimalayatrail.org.

Artistes from Tamu Dhee London performed Sherpa dance and Tamang Selo which the audience enjoyed very much. A raffle draw was organised on the occasion followed by Nepali dinner.

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1st Eastern Regional Tourism Fair 2068
Date :- 09-11 Chaitra 2068( March 22 to 24, 2012)
Venue :- Birendra Sabha Griha, Birtanagar
6th International Folk Festival Festival 2012
Date :- Falgun 26-Chaitra 5, 2068( March 9 to 18, 2012)
Venue :- Kathmandu, Butwal, Dang & Pokhara

Sarad Pradhan     Asst. Editor: Sudhan Subedi

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