Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
(Printable version)
May 17, 2013
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The 5th National Tourism Fair concluded
Nepal Promoted in Dubai
Nepali travel agents visting China
International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012

The 5th National Tourism Fair concluded

The 5th National Tourism Fair concluded at Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall on May 12.Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has been organizing the fair every year to promote domestic tourism and disseminate information regarding Nepali tourism industry to general public. The fair under the slogan ´Let´s travel our country first then only abroad´  was organised with an objective of identifying tourism destinations and promoting internal tourism in Nepal.

Different tourism related organizations as well as educational and training providing institutions participated  the three-day fair.

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) organised the fair with the purpose of creating public awareness to raise the living standards of rural areas through tourism and to exchange knowledge and information about tourism sector.

Information was  provided about 13 homestay schemes operated in different parts of the country, tourism packages and new destinations in the fair.

There were  stalls of different 19 organisations, 12 travel agencies, four tourism educational institutions, as well as food items of Muslim and Newar communities in the fair.

Cultural items were performed and documentary of tourism destinations were also be screened in the fair.

Inaugurating the fair, Minister for Tourism, Ram Kumar Shrestha, said that tourism of the country could not be developed in international level due to lack of publicity and infrastructures even after Nepal is full of natural heritages, different languages, cultures and communities.

Minister Shrestha said that lack of marketization, air services and executive chief at the Tourism Board have created problems in tourism promotion.

He added process would  be forwarded to bring aircrafts soon. On the occasion, Secretary at the Ministry, Sushil Ghimire, said that new tourism sites should be developed by using science and technology.

Similarly, Officiating Chief Executive Officer of the Board said that said that Nepal Tourism Board faced many obstacles and challenges in organizing such event.s. “Strike and banda deters tourists coming to Nepal which contributes to the decline of tourists in Nepal,” he said. Tourism Fair in Kathmandu and outside is an effort to link the tourism industry across the country, he said. Member of the Board Dhruba Narayan Shrestha expressed the view that the government and private sector should move ahead together for identifying new tourism sites and for their promotion.

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Nepal Promoted in Dubai

Nepal Tourism Board along with eight private sector travel trade companies, Arya Village Travel, Divine International Explore and Treks, Karnali Excursions, Visit Nepal-Tibet, Yeti Travels Pvt Ltd, Trek Nepal International, Hotel Annapurna/Fishtail Lodge and The Last Resort participated in the Arabian Travel Market held at Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai from 6-9 May 2013. The four day fair was inaugurated by HRH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid All Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. His Excellency Dhananjaya Jha,  Ambassador to the UAE in Abu Dhabi also graced the event .
The dramatic and rapid transformation of the first Arabian Travel Market in 1994 with 7000 industry professionals has set its own record of hosting almost 350 stands with 2500 exhibitors from 87 countries this year. It was a huge amalgamation of world tourism minds in the major tourism, hospitality and aviation hub .

The Dubai Government revealed  its ambitious plan of doubling its visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020 and triple the tourism sector’s contribution in the emirate’s economy. This 2020 strategy is focused to become the leading global destination for events,  family holidays, business meetings and increase repeat visitors.

Nepal stall placed within the Asia, Africa, Europe and Americas in the Sheikh Shayeed Hall in the Travel Centre attracted many positive buyer companies, individuals and the media. It was an ideal platform or the B2B session . The interaction between the business participants was optimistic in seeing the visitor numbers surge in the coming days.

The show was participated by Mrs Ranu Shah, Sr. Officer and Mr. Pradip Basnet, Asst. Officer from Nepal Tourism Board.

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Nepali travel agents visting China

In a bid to attract Chinese tourists to Nepal, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is organizing ´NATTA China Sales Mission 2013´ from May 15 to 24.

A group of 35 tourism entrepreneurs from 25 different companies will participate in the event that will take place in Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing and Xi´an.

At a press meet organized in Kathmandu on Monday, officials of NATTA said a representative from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) will make presentation about different attractions of Nepal to around 50 to 60 wholesale tour operators in the four cities in China. Likewise, members of the delegation will also provide information about tourism attractions of Nepal to local media persons.

Sambhu Pathak, second vice president of NATTA, said the mission will focus on activities like short trekking, hiking, ultra light flight, mountain flight, paragliding, hiking and trekking in the Everest and Annapurna regions, rafting, jungle safari and others.

The Nepali tour operators will also be providing information on regular and tailor made packages.

“As Chinese are among high spending tourists in Nepal, the participating companies have designed high-end packages that include chartered flights to Pokhara and even mountainous regions,” said Pavitra Kumar Karki, president of NATTA.

According to tourism entrepreneurs, Chinese tourists spend an average of $80-100 per day in Nepal. Average tourist spending at present is around $40-60 per day.

The Nepali travel delegation will begin their journey with a visit to Chengdu where they are scheduled to meet local tour operators and media persons. They will then travel to Sanghai and Beijing.

President Karki and Nepali Ambassador to China Mahesh Kumar Maskey are scheduled to address tour operators in Beijing.

The delegation will then travel to Xi´an before returning to Nepal.

NATTA, Nepali Embassy in China and the NTB´s representative agency in China have been organizing China Sales Mission since 2003.

Chinese tourists started visiting Nepal after the government of the People´s Republic of China included Nepal in the list of Approved Destination Status countries for outbound Chinese tourists in November, 2001.

The number of Chinese tourists has increased from 8,738 in 2001 to 107,500 in 2012, data provided by NATTA shows.

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International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012

Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion.

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism receipts hit a new record in 2012, reaching an estimated US$ 1075 billion (euro 837 billion) worldwide, up 4% in real terms, from US$ 1042 billion (euro 749 billion) in 2011.

“It is encouraging to see that the growth in international tourist arrivals was equalled by a comparable increase in spending in spite of continued economic challenges” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “Considering that tourism is a key export for many economies around the world, this result is good news as it provides foreign reserves to destinations, and contributes to job creation in tourism as well as in related economic sectors” he added.

By regions, the Americas (+7%) recorded the largest increase in receipts, followed by Asia and the Pacific (+6%),Africa (+5%) and Europe (2%). Receipts in the Middle East were still down (-2%); yet report a steady improvement compared to the decline recorded in 2011.

In absolute values, Europe saw US$ 457 billion in tourism earnings (euro 356 bn) equivalent to 43% of the world’s total tourism receipts, the largest share by region. Destinations in Asia and the Pacific (US$ 323 billion or euro 251 bn) account for 30% of international tourism receipts and the Americas (US$ 215 billion or euro 167 bn) for 20%. In the Middle East (4% share) total tourism receipts reached US$ 47 billion (euro 36 bn) and in Africa (3% share) US$ 34 billion (euro 26 bn).

Except for international tourism receipts (the travel item in the Balance of Payments), tourism also generates export earnings through international passenger transport. The latter amounted to an estimated US$ 219 billion in 2012, bringing total receipts generated by international tourism to US$ 1.3 trillion, or US$ 3.5 billion a day on average.

International tourism (travel and passenger transport) accounts for 30% of the world’s exports of services and 6% of overall exports of goods and services. As a worldwide export category, tourism ranks fifth after fuels, chemicals, food and automotive products, while ranking first in many developing countries.

Healthy growth in both advanced and emerging economy destinations

The top 10 ranking of destinations by receipts remained virtually unchanged in 2012, with the United States, Spain, France, China and Italy leading, followed by Macau (China), Germany, United Kingdom, Hong Kong (China) and Australia.

A number of the more mature destinations among the world’s top 10 earners showed remarkable results: the United States (+11%), France (+7%), Germany (+6%), the United Kingdom (+5%) and Hong Kong (China) (+14%). Other advanced economy destinations with growth rates of 10% or above include Sweden (+17%), Japan (+33%), the Republic of Korea (+14%) and Finland (+16%).

Among the emerging economy destinations highest receipts growth was reported by Thailand (+25%), India (+22%), Poland (+13%), South Africa (+18%), Egypt (+14%), Vietnam (+18%) and Ukraine (+13%).

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Sarad Pradhan     Asst. Editor: Sudhan Subedi

Media Center | Nepal Tourism Board

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