WORLD TOURISM DAY SPECIALProspects Galore

Despite growing political instability, difficulty in getting air tickets even at a high price and saturated infrastructure, foreign visitors are showing their passion for relishing the cultural and natural beauty of Nepal. The reason behind the incre

Sept. 24, 2010, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.4, No.-08 September 24-October 7, 2010
Nepal is full of diversity. From geography to nature and weather, several things make Nepal a unique draw for the visitors. From the time when the British Military team led by Kirk Patrick one hundred fifty years ago visited Nepal till now, the passion of tourists to test the natural and cultural diversity of Nepal is alive.

It is good news for Nepal that the World Tourism Day is being celebrated this year with the slogan of Tourism and Biodiversity in support of United National Year of Bio-diversity. As one of the most biologically diverse countries and tourism destinations, Nepal, albeit small, has a reason to rejoice.

One cannot deny the fact that there is a greater value of biodiversity for tourism and Nepal needs to grasp this. Nepal’s tourism market expansion from Himalayas or top of the world to lowlands such as the Terai’s national parks is an indication of how biodiversity adds value to visitors.

As Nepal is aspiring to increase the number of tourist arrivals to 1 million during the Visit Nepal Year 2011, Nepal’s bio-diversity can be sold to lure the tourists.

“Tourism industry can benefit a lot by selling Nepal’s bio-diversity along with cultural and geographical diversity,” said Dr. Ram Prasad Chaudhary, professor of botany at the Tribhuvan University. “Nepal is a home to an abundant number of plants and animals.”
Nepal’s tourism will have a lot to learn and gain from other countries regarding how to sell bio-diversity.

According to UNWTO, World Tourism Day is a thematic event held every year on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching these goals.
Unlike in the past when they welcomed guests at Tribhuvan International Airport, giving them garlands and some cultural shows, tourism entrepreneurs need to show different ways this time around.

Nepal Tourism Board
To promote Nepal’s market abroad, Nepal Tourism Board has been launching various programs in different parts of the world. Thanks to its efforts, the number of tourists coming to Nepal has increased despite political instability.

Nepal Tourism Board is marketing Nepal abroad, from neighboring countries, India and China, to those far and away like Australia and Europe. NTB took part in the international tourism festivals, and also organized Nepal festivals in different parts of the world.

This year Nepal’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo is a major attraction for visitors there. More than 2 million visitors have already visited the Nepal Pavilion. Nepal also organized tourism promotion in Lhasa.

One of  the disappointing things about Nepal is the growing number of strikes and bandhs. Though these types of activities drastically declined this year compared to the last year, political parties are still choosing bandhs and strikes as an easy way to press their political demands.
Nepal Tourism Board
To promote Nepal’s market abroad, Nepal Tourism Board has been launching various programs in different parts of the world. Thanks to its efforts, the number of tourists coming to Nepal has increased despite political instability.

Nepal Tourism Board is marketing Nepal abroad, from neighboring countries, India and China, to those far and away like Australia and Europe. NTB took part in the international tourism festivals, and also organized Nepal festivals in different parts of the world.

This year Nepal’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo is a major attraction for visitors there. More than 2 million visitors have already visited the Nepal Pavilion. Nepal also organized tourism promotion in Lhasa.

One of  the disappointing things about Nepal is the growing number of strikes and bandhs. Though these types of activities drastically declined this year compared to the last year, political parties are still choosing bandhs and strikes as an easy way to press their political demands.

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