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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit brings excitement in Tourism sector of Nepal

    2019-10-17

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's two day state visit to Nepal has added energy and excitement to the tourism sector of Nepal.

    Kathmandu: China stands ready to work with Nepal in advancing friendly cooperation and opening a new chapter for bilateral ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday.

    Xi made the remarks in talks with Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.

    Noting that China and Nepal have always been good neighbors, good friends and good partners, Xi said China and Nepal are both entering a new phase of national development, and bilateral relations are facing new development opportunities.

    The establishment of the China-Nepal strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity follows the principle of equality, harmonious coexistence, ever-lasting friendship and comprehensive cooperation, he said.

    Xi stressed that his country appreciates Nepal for its firm adherence to the one-China policy and its staunch support for China on issues concerning China’s core interests.

    “Anyone attempting separatist activities in any part of China will be crushed and any external force backing such attempts will be deemed by the Chinese people as pipe-dreaming,” said the Chinese president.

    Xi stressed the synergy of development strategies, saying that China supports Nepal for developing economy, improving livelihood and striving to realize its vision of “Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali.”

    Xi urged the two countries to speed up the enhancement of connectivity by considering upgrading cross-border highway, launching feasibility study of cross-border railway, and accelerating the building of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.

    The president stressed the promotion of trade and investment, urging to advance the construction of China-Nepal cross-border economic cooperation zones.

    Xi said that China and Nepal should forge a stronger people-to-people bond to promote exchanges in education, tourism and local affairs among others, adding that China will continue to do what it can to support Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction.

    Cooperation in law enforcement should be strengthened, Xi said, urging the two countries to jointly fight terrorism and transnational crimes, and safeguard common security.

    The Chinese president also called on the two countries to enhance multilateral coordination, saying that the two countries should jointly support multilateralism and free trade system, and safeguard the development rights of the two countries.

    Extending the warmest congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Oli said China has made remarkable achievements in the past seven decades.

    China’s development and prosperity are an important opportunity to Nepal, he said.

    President Xi is not only an outstanding leader of China, a great country, but also a remarkable leader who has won the respect of the people of Nepal and the world at large, Oli said.

    Referring to Xi’s visit as a historic moment for Nepal-China relations, he said the visit has drawn a new blueprint for Nepal-China relations and will herald a new era for bilateral relations.

    Calling Nepal and China true friends and partners, Oli said the two countries have always respected each other, supported each other and never interfered in the internal affairs of the other, adding that their traditional friendship is unbreakable.

    No matter how external circumstances change, Nepal’s friendly policy toward China as well as the development of their friendly relations will remain unchanged, Oli said.

    Oli said his country firmly supports China in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity and stands firm in upholding the one-China policy.

    Nepal, added Oli, will never allow any force to use its territory for separatist activities against China.

    Furthermore, Oli said Nepal thanks China for its long-term and precious support and assistance, looks forward to jointly constructing with China a Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network, and welcomes more Chinese tourists and investment to his country.

    The Nepali side speaks highly of the important constructive role China has played in safeguarding world peace and international order, and is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China, so as to better protect the interests of small- and medium-sized developing countries, Oli said.

    After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the exchange of several bilateral cooperation documents in such areas as connectivity, economy and trade, investment and border management.

    The two sides also issued the Joint Statement Between the People’s Republic of China and Nepal.

  • Nepal, Cambodia to boost tourism cooperation, trade

    2019-10-17

    Kathmandu: Cambodia and Nepal vowed to work together to boost bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and tourism, said a joint statement released on Wednesday.

    The statement was issued at the end of the three-day official visit of Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli to Cambodia.

    It said Oli had a bilateral meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding.

    It said the prime ministers stressed the important role of private sector in economic development and encouraged close collaboration between the chambers of commerce of Cambodia and Nepal in fully exploiting economic potentials and business opportunities of both countries.

    Two prime ministers witnessed the signing of two bilateral documents on trade and investment cooperation.

    Oli’s trip to Cambodia came after Hun Sen visited Nepal in November 2018.

  • International Mountain Museum an important tourist destination of Pokhara

    2019-10-17

    POKHARA, Oct 16 : The International Mountain Museum in popular tourist spot Pokhara has been an important tourist attraction to elongate the stay of tourists-foreign and domestic alike- visiting Pokhara lately.

    The one and only mountain museum in the world showcases all value and mysteries of mountains. It illustrates various aspects of mountaineering tourism, mountain activities and mountains which occupy around 25 per cent of the land mass of our country.

    Situated at Pokhara Municipality-17 at Ghari Patan, Pokhara across 100 ropani of land, the Museum has been mostly attracting students, researchers and adventurous tourists since it was officially opened on February 5, 2004.

    Open throughout the year, over 2.1 million visitors have observed the Museum so far, according to the Chief Administration Officer Rishiram Poudel.

    The number of visitors from SAARC-member countries stands at over 176,000 while those from other foreign countries were recorded at over 250,000. The number of Nepali students remains the highest, over 932,000, while over 700,000 Nepali visitors visited the Museum established at the foot step of Machhapuchchhre Mountain and gateway to the mountain region.

    The Museum has collected over Rs 200 million in revenue from the sales of tickets over the course. Visitors could obtain information about 14 peaks over 8,000 metres, 8 of them being in Nepal, in chronological order to when they were climbed for the first time.

    The Museum also features wall climbing facilities.

    The museum entry fee for students is Rs 50 per head and Rs 100 per person for the general public. A visitor from SAARC country has to pay Rs 250 and the visitor from other countries Rs 500.

    Of 14 mountain peaks over 8,000 meters in the world, Nepal is home to eight including Mount Everest, the world's highest peak measuring 8,848 meters.

    Other seven highest peaks, namely, Kanchenjunga (8,506 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8,485 m), Cho-Oyu (8,202 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,163 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m) are in Nepal.  

    Visitors to the museum can observe and get information about mountaineering, trekking and skiing at once.

    Rocks brought from the summit of Everest and from Israel's Dead Sea are other attractions in the museum.  

    Arrangements are in place so that people with disabilities can visit the museum without any hurdles.

    The Museum, remaining as a model one in the entire Asia, reflects objects mountaineering activities related to several countries including India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Slovenia, Taiwan, Australia, the United Kingdom, America, Israel and Korea.

    Arrangements have been made by which the visitors can acquire information on every topic through an advanced digital guide installed at the museum.

    The visitors can observe the culture and custom of various ethnic communities. Dummies of the people belonging to different ethnic groups with their unique costumes have been put on display.

    The visitors will first get to the audio-visual room as soon as they enter the museum where they can get information on mountain tourism. Thereafter, they will observe the various other aspects. Museum guide Sarita Kandel said there is also a library at the museum which has collection of 3,500 books on mountain tourism.

    According to Kandel, the museum has become an attraction especially for people conducting study and research in mountain tourism. She said most of the visitors take out time to read in the library.

    There is a 31 metres tall replica of Mt. Manaslu, mountain climbing, pond and rock garden, and a model scene of the Nepali village life within the museum premises. The visitors are attracted by these and other things in the museum.

    Former president of Pokhara Tourism Council, Som Thapa said the state should prioritize the development of this kind of tourism infrastructures to make the stay of tourists longer. He sees the need of all sides concerned to work towards increasing the number of visitors as well as their stay in the country in the context of increasing investment in tourism.

  • Kathmandu, Nepal is one of Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit in 2019

    2019-08-23

    Pack your bags because Lonely Planet has released its Best in Travel series, featuring the top cities to visit in 2019.

    Whether you plan to take a road trip to a U.S. destination or you’re looking to fly abroad to discover a new city, Lonely Plant recommends top ten spots for your next adventure. In Top Ten Destinations, it envelops cities of Miami in 4th position, Copenhagen takes the first position, and Kathmandu – Nepal has grabbed the 5th position.

    Quoting the Lonely Planet’s word, “Since the destructive earthquake in 2015, Kathmandu has gotten a new wave of optimism. Lonely Planet recommends exploring the back streets to experience the deep culture that perseveres throughout, visiting Durbar Square to see where kings were once crowned and relaxing in the courtyard of Itum Bathal, a Buddhist monastery. Indra Chowk is also the worthwhile bustling street where you can buy newspapers, blankets, cloth and more, and is conveniently located right next to the Shiva and Mahadev temples. Despite the sometimes-frustrating traffic, Lonely Planet says this city is the most livable it has been in decades.”

  • Registrations of the hotels reaches up to 665 during first 5 months of 2019

    2019-08-23

    KATHMANDU, Aug 22: With the arrival of Visit Nepal year, the number of hotel has been increasing rapidly. According to the company registrar office . office, In the first 5 month of 2076, around 665 hotels, lodge and restaurants has been registered. But during the time period, the hotel registrations have been negligible.

    As per the statistics provided, In the first five month of 2076, there are all together 320 hotels registered with the investment of 10 thousand rupees  to 5 million rupees and there are 174 hotels registered with the investment of 5 million rupees to 10 million rupees is 174.

    Similarly, the number of hotels with the investment of 10 million rupees- 20 million rupees is 146 and 20-30 million rupees is 23. On the other hand, there are only 2 hotels registered with the investment of more then 30 million rupees.

    As compared to the statistics of last year, there was registration of 275 hotels with the investment of 10 thousand rupees-5 million rupees, 148 hotels with the investment of 5 million rupees - 10 million rupees, 138 hotels with the investment of 10 million rupees- 20 million rupees, 8 hotels with the investment of 20 million rupees- 30 million rupees and 7 hotels witht he investment of more than 30 million rupees in the first five month.

  • Balloon Nepal to start its commercial flights from September

    2019-08-23

    KATHMANDU: Balloon Nepal is going to operate its commercial flights from upcoming September. Chairman of Balloon Nepal, Bikram Bade said that Balloon Nepal is gong to organize its commercial flights with the arrival of tourism season.

    Balloon Nepal was established with the aim of targeting Visit Nepal 2020 year. Bade said that the hot air balloon service is introduces as a form of adventurous game in Nepal and the main objective for operating this hot air balloon service is to develop Nepal as a hub for adventurous games.

    After the announcement of Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai to celebrate Visit Nepal in a grand way, Director of Balloon Nepal have announced to celebrate International Balloon festival.

  • Nepal Tourism Plans Big for ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’

    2018-10-25

    Keeping in view the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign, the Government of Nepal is planning a wide range of tourism promotion and related developmental activities across the country.

    The Nepali Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari informed this in a Parliamentary session on June 26, 2018.

    Addressing the Parliament, the Minister said that the government is planning to promote 100 places as new tourism centers from the next fiscal year, with at least 10 new destinations in every province.

    Besides, the government is also looking at ways to expedite the reconstruction of quake-hit heritage sites, promotion of religious sites and home stays, among others.

    With regard to improving air connectivity for tourists, the government is looking forward for the development of new airports across the country with at least one major airport in each province. Some of the new airports include: Pokhara regional & international airport with in duration of three years, Nijgadh international airport in Bara and Gautam Buddha Airport in a year, among others.

    Besides, the government is keen on enhancement of the existing airports. To ease the traffic at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the government has already increased the airport’s operational time to 21 hours in a day from May 21, 2018.

    Apart from these, five national-pride projects are also on priority for the government.

    On the external front, tourism publicity programs are also being planned in the neighboring countries India and China. According to the Minister, the implementation of direct flight services from Nepalgunj to New Delhi after three months is also on cards.

    According to Adhikari, all the relevant plans and implementations are being formulated in line with the 2020 campaign.

  • Nepal, The Perfect Tourism Destination

    2018-10-25

    Millions of tourists from across the world travel to Nepal every year on account of the extensive range of travel, adventure, culture and spiritual options that the Himalayan Kingdom presents.

    With an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches, Nepal provides a unique and rewarding holiday experience to all travelers, and is a most-sought global tourism destination for rich culture and heritage.

    Here is a compilation of some of the most popular tourist attractions which you can plan to visit on your next trip to Nepal.

  • Thai Festival 2018

    2018-10-25

    In recognizing the need of exchange of cross-cultural activities, trade and development experiences, tourism and various opportunities between countries, Thai Festival 2018 was organized in the capital on 29th September 2018 by Royal Thai Embassy in Nepal.

    Having several stalls with daily essential goods, handicraft items imported from Thailand, the Thai festival featured Cultural performances, Thai food stalls, Thai Muay boxing along with fun-filled activities. The day-long Thai Festival was joined with a number of crowd including Nepali government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, expatriates and distinguished personalities from various walks-of-life.

    Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) also represented its organization having its booth in the festival.

    Nepal is one of the popular destinations for the Thai tourists, there has been a significant increase in the number of Thai’s visiting Nepal aiming to explore the country’s unparalleled beauty. Nepal and Thailand enjoy an admirable bilateral relationship at government and peoples’ level too built on mutual trust, goodwill and understanding which has crossed over half a century.

  • 60 women receive permission to climb Mt Everest

    2018-07-18

    A total of 60 women received permit from the Nepali government to climb the Mt Everest this spring as of Thursday and the number surpassed that in 2017, Nepal’s Department of Tourism (DoT) said.

    As many as 59 women received such permits last year. Of them, 33 women had succeeded conquering the famous Himalayan peak.

    “As we have not stopped providing permits for this season, the number of women seeking permits may rise further,” Ram Prasad Sapkota, under secretary at DoT said on Thursday.

    A total of 346 climbers have received permits from the Nepali government to climb the Mt. Qomolangma as of Thursday, according to DoT.

    With 15 climbers, Nepal tops the list of women taking permit to climb the Mt. Everest followed by the United States (9), India (8), China (7) and Britain(4).

    According to Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), a body representing mountaineering communities of Nepal, the number of women willing to summit the peak has been rising in the recent years.

    Santa Bir Lama, president of NMA said that women willing to make the climbing as their profession is also growing gradually.

    Since Japanese climber Junko Tabei became first women to climb the Mt. Everest in May 1975, a total of 356 women have already reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain, according to DoT.