Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
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March 15, 2013
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Nepal voted among the top 10 Best Exhibitors at ITB Berlin 2013
Nepal Participated at Guangzhou International Travel Fair - 2013
Nepal Int'l Trade Fair draws massive crowd
Tens of thousands flock to Pashupati on Mahashivaratri
Bathali Village in the Lonely Planet's World's Best multi-day trek
Nepali women team summits Mt. Kilimanjaro in celebration of International Women's Day

Nepal voted among the top 10 Best Exhibitors at ITB Berlin 2013

Nepal Tourism Board along with 21 companies from the Nepalese Travel Trade industry successfully participated at the ITB Berlin from 6-10 March 2013. Blending the traditional theme of Hinduism & Buddhism, Nepal stall had the representational model of a huge architectural woodwork Pagoda showcasing Lord Buddha as a centerpiece. Promoting Lumbini, as the Birth place of Lord Buddha,  the Nepal stall attracted thousands of visitors and of and bagged the title of the Ninth Best Exhibitor in Asia/Australia Oceania category in ITB making it one of the most successful fairs of NTB for 2013.

ITB this year had more than 10000 exhibitors from 188 countries promoting global tourism under one roof. The biggest travel event of Europe received approximately 180,000 visitors from trade, media and consumers. Capitalizing the unique platform provided by ITB to tap the European market, Nepal has been successful in putting across the message to all international trade and media that Nepal is all about the true feeling of hospitality; smiling people; festivals throughout the year;  soft and hard adventure, air sports; meditation and many more.

Coinciding with the fair, NTB had organized a Press Conference on 7 March 2013 wherein the prominent print and electronic media houses were appraised of Nepal’s touristic attractions and services it has to offer to its visitors.  Addressing the gathering, His Excellency the Ambassador of Nepal to Germany, Mr Suresh Pradhan remarked that Nepal’s history and culture are of equal importance along with adventure activities and appreciated the support extended by the government of Germany in conservation of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. During the conference Ms. Nandini Lahe- Thapa, Senior Director of Nepal Tourism Board made Naturally Nepal Presentation highlighting the upcoming tourist destinations of Nepal and shed light on latest travel trends of Nepalese tourism. Other dignitaries were Mr. Balkrishna Ghimire, Joint Secretary- Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviaion, Mr Prakash Poudel, Deputy Chief of Mission, Nepal Embassy in Germany, Mrs. Ujjwala Dali- Senoir Manager, Nepal Tourism Board and Mr. Dil Gurung, Honorary PRR of NTB in Germany. Authentic Nepali cuisine was served to the invitees during the event.

The 21 travel trade companies that participating in the ITB 2013 were Arihant Holidays, Around The Himalays Pvt. Ltd., Buddha Air, Euro-Asia Tours & Travels, Treks & Expedition, Himalayan Dreams, Himalayan Encounter, Hotel Annapurna / Fishtail Lodge, Icefall Adventures, Kathmandu Experience Travel & Tours (P) Ltd, Malla Travel & Trek Services, Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Royal Mountain Travel Nepal, Shiva Treks & Expeditions P Ltd, Soaltee Crowne Plaza, The Dwarika's Group of Hotels & Resorts, The Explore Nepal, The Malla Hotel, Tigerland Safari Resort Pvt. Ltd, Trek Nepal Int'l , Wonderland Travels Nepal Pvt. Ltd, Yeti Travels.

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Nepal Participated at Guangzhou International Travel Fair - 2013

Nepal Tourism Board along with six private sector travel companies successfully participated at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair – 2013 (GITF-2013) held from 7-9 March at China Import and Export Fair Complex, Xingang East Road, Haizhu District in Guangzhou, China. GITF-2013 hosted nearly 700 exhibitors both domestic and overseas exhibitors representing 37 countries. The GITF-2013 showcased a variety of travel products and services in the 22,000 sq. mt exhibition area.

The first two days were reserved for trade people while last day was opened for visitors. There were 3 different halls for domestic exhibitors, international exhibitors and travel service hall. The grand opening  of the fair was made amongst the participants, media and high officials of China on 6th March 2013 at Westin Pazhou Fengpu Zhong Road, Haizhu District Guangzhou. Nepal  participated in GITF-2013 , with an objective to disseminate the message that the Himalayan Nation positions tourism as a means of economic development, peace and prosperity. The Stall, 27 sq.mt, showcased nature, culture, and adventure products where queries on cultural and natural attractions were mainly asked. Information on Great Himalaya Trail was also disseminated to the trade sector and the visitors. A host of media people, both electronic and print, conveyed their keen interests towards Nepal.

Visitor arrivals from China has recorded sustained increase. In 2012,  the arrival figure from China showed robust increase in visitor arrivals up by 38% to 85,739 compared to 2011. China’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness ranked 39th in the world, whilst China’s number of outbound tourists ranked third in the world in 2012. The number of outbound tourists is expected to reach 94.30 million, up 15% from 2012. Outbound travel expenditure is expected to be 117.6 billion US $, up 20%.

Mr. Sunil Sharma - Manager and Ms.Janaki Upadhyay - Asst.Officer  represented NTB at the fair. The six private companies co-exhibited with NTB at the show were ITour International Travel Services Pvt. Ltd.,Shuangi Qi Tours  Pvt. Ltd., S&T Holidays Pvt. Ltd., Nepal Social Tours & Travels, Kudan Travel and Tours Pvt.Ltd and Asia Explore Adventure and Travel.

In recent time, Guangzhou International Travel Fair has emerged to become one of the most important tourist events in promoting tourist products and resources and increasing business cooperation in Asia-Pacific regions. Next year, GITF-2014 will be held between 27 February - 1 March 2014 at China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou.

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Nepal Int'l Trade Fair draws massive crowd

The Second edition of Nepal International Trade Fair concluded Wednesday, attracting around 225,000 visitors during the six-day event held at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu.

The fair was a success as it is proved to be the milestone to boost the trade relations and cooperation between the participating South Asian countries, Nepali entrepreneurs among others, the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), which organised the event, said.

The B2B meetings focusing especially on products identified by the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) during the event also remained fruitful, said the participating entrepreneurs. The event saw a transaction of Rs 150 million -- more than the target.

India, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan among others have already booked around 100 stalls for the next year's Nepal International Trade Fair scheduled for March 6 to 10, 2014, FNCCI informed.

Following increase in the volume of the visitors as well as the demand of the exhibitors, the trade fair was extended by one more day. The fair was supposed to end on Tuesday.

The fair showcased around 350 stalls including the participation of international entrepreneurs from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and America beside Nepal. Nepal had 250 stalls while India 40, Bangladesh 50, Pakistan 8 and America 10 stalls, according to the federation.

FNCCI organised the event in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry along with the Federation of Handicraft Association Nepal (FHAN). The fair is a major annual event of FNCCI.

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Tens of thousands flock to Pashupati on Mahashivaratri

Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees are thronging Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on Mahashivaratri, a colorful festival organised to worship Lord Shiva, on Sunday.
Pashupati area remains crowded from early morning with thousands of devotees from across the country and India already settled in there for days now. As many as 3000 Sadhus from India including Nagas are a usual sight in the temple premises.

Officials at Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) said massive number of security personnel have been deployed to manage the flow of the devotees and prevent untoward activities.

Three routes to enter the Pashupatinath temple have been opened while those paying Rs 1,000 can use a separate special route, Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) said.

Considering the sale of marijuana by the ascetics during the festival, strict measures have been applied to keep an eye on them although they will be allowed them to use them, officials said.

Over 500,000 visitors are expected to visit the shrine by the evening.( Courtesy:nepalnews.com)

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Bathali Village in the Lonely Planet's World's Best multi-day trek

Bathali village treks, Nepal has been selected in the list of Lonely Planet's The world’s best multi-day trek without high altitudes. This is a new trekking route recently explored in the ridge of the Kathmandu Valley. Bathali is around 40km away from Kathmandu city. It’s close to Bhaktapur, Panauti, Namobudha and Dhulikhel.


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Nepali women team summits Mt. Kilimanjaro in celebration of International Women's Day

An all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania, Nepal Tourism Board, Mountaineering Association Nepal, Trekking Agents Association Nepal, Northface and Childreach reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.
The 10 women made the ascent to highlight the importance of girls’ education and of school meals. The team, who timed their climb to mark the week of International Women’s Day on 8 March, documented their journey on Twitter using the hashtag #WFPkili2013.
The expedition includes seven Nepalese women who scaled Mt. Everest in 2008 and three African women. Nimdoma Sherpa is a former recipient of WFP school meals in Nepal, and Anna Philipo Indaya – a member of Tanzania’s endangered Hadzabe people - is a teacher in a WFP-supported primary school in Arusha, Tanzania.
“We are on the top! Nothing is impossible if we struggle to pursue our dreams,” said Nimdoma Sherpa from Africa’s highest point.
“Nimdoma is an example of what girls education can do,” said Shailee Basnet, the leader of the
Nepali group. “We know there are many more Nimdomas around the world and we hope we can motivate them to achieve their dreams.”
“This has been such an exciting experience,” said Anna Indaya. “I had to fight to receive an
education when I was growing up and I certainly had to fight to get up this mountain. Now,
as a teacher, I see every day the struggle that young Tanzanian girls go through to attend
school. I never thought I’d have this amazing opportunity to show girls and young women
everywhere what you can achieve through sheer determination.”
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The team includes Hlubi Mboya, a South African actress and WFP National Ambassador
Against Hunger, and Ashura Kayupayupa, a youth activist from Dar es Salaam.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” said Hlubi Mboya. Her message to girls
across the African continent: “Never give up, be your own hero, never quit, never fear failure.”
The expedition was undertaken in partnership with the Childreach International, a nongovernmental
organisation working with local communities in Tanzania to help improve children’s access to education and healthcare, Tanzania’s Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, and Tanzania National Parks.
The climbers began their ascent via the Machame route on 28 February and are due to arrive
back in the northern Tanzanian town of Moshi tomorrow. In coming days, they will visit schools around Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Moshi to share their inspiring stories and talk about the importance of education.

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Date: 16 March 2013


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