DOTI, Feb 28: A total of 883 travelers visited the Khaptad region in Sudurpaschim Province in the past seven months of the current fiscal year (FY).

Nepal sees a boom in hotel construction

February 26, 2024 08:36 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Investors are rapidly investing in hotels in the hope of substantial rise in the arrival of tourists.

BANKE, Feb 2: A cycle tour from Nepalgunj to Thakurdwara of Bardiya is being organized to promote tourism in Banke and Bardiya districts.

KALIKOT, Dec 29: Rara lake has seen a surge in visitors as 6,200 tourists explored this destination in the last five months.

POKHARA, Dec 27: The government's target of bringing in one million foreign tourists in 2023 has been achieved.

CHITWAN, Dec 15: The 17th Chitwan Elephant and Tourism Festival 2080 is all set to be organized in the tourist town of Sauraha in Chitwan district from December 26 to 30. The festival was halted for four years due to various reasons including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism bounces back in Mustang

November 24, 2023 12:30 pm

MUSTANG, Nov 24: Mustang district welcomed an impressive number of tourists last month. Almost 80,000 tourists visited the mountainous district in the Nepali month of Kartik.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, has stressed the need for immediately amending old acts related to tourism.

KATHMANDU, OCT 29: The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is gearing up for its 50th-anniversary celebrations with a series of exciting programs and events, promising to be a milestone in the world of mountain adventure and tourism.

Nepal stands at the threshold of a significant milestone in its tourism history. An exciting influx of tourists from Vietnam is on the horizon, set to grace our nation and embrace its vibrant culture, mesmerizing landscapes, and spiritual sanctuaries.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Nepal Mountain Academy and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) have signed an agreement for mutual understanding and cooperation in sustainable development and promotion of mountain tourism.

DOLAKHA, Oct 15:Speaker Devraj Ghimire has underlined the need of connecting tourism with the economy.

POKHARA, Oct 5: The tourism sector, which has been affected by the corona virus infection, has not yet recovered. Recently, the businessmen have not stopped complaining about the lack of visitors even during the tourist season, but they are increasing their investment in the tourism sector every year. Businessmen say that the amount of investment in Gandaki Province is increasing every year.

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Around eight hundred thousand foreign tourists have entered Nepal in the first nine months of the year 2023.

Tourism Minister welcomes foreign tourists

September 27, 2023 12:15 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Foreign tourists were welcomed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on the occasion of World Tourism Day today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: A lawmaker of Texas State, US, Salman Bhojani, has shown keen interest in promoting tourism in Nepal. Stating that he developed deep love towards Nepal and Nepali people, he said he would assist actively for the promotion of tourism and Nepali community.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has said there is immense potential for hydropower and tourism in Nepal.

Kathmandu, Sept 1: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal, Tae-Young Park, has said they were ready to help in the development of Nepal’s tourism sector.

KATHMANDU, Aug 8: The Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) held discussions with Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, regarding several issues related with the country’s tourism industry.

KATHMANDU, July 15: With the Covid-19 pandemic now off the radar, the country's star hotels are slowly reopening. In the past two years, three new five-star hotels have been built in response to the arrival of an increasing number of foreign tourists and their activities in the country.

KATHMANDU, June 24: The tourism sector in Pokhara is experiencing a sense of renewed optimism as it gradually recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a temporary slump due to the suspension of international programs, the tourism business in Pokhara has started regaining momentum.

LUMBINI, June 13: The national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), has launched commercial flights targeting Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), Bhairahawa, 13 months after the airport came into operation.

KATHMANDU, June 3: The 'PATA Annual Summit & Adventure Mart 2023' of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), an umbrella organization of travel associations in the Asia Pacific region, held in the tourist city of Pokhara, concluded with an emphasis on sustainable tourism and digitization.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Social media influencers from different countries have visited Nepal in accordance with the collaboration of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) with USAID for the promotion of Nepal's tourism and business and competitive partnership program. After visiting the major tourist destinations of Nepal, they responded that Nepal is truly a mine of natural beauty.

Nepal Needs Sustainable Tourism

May 26, 2023 09:00 am

According to the travel guide, LonelyPlanet, Nepal is ranked at the fifth position among the top ten destinations in the world to visit for.

Whether a person is seeking an adrenaline-rushing adventure or finding peace through tranquil nature, Nepal is the perfect destination. Home to breathtaking mountain ranges, including Mt. Everest, the country offers diverse cultures among various ethnic groups and religions coexisting harmoniously. Nepali people are also renowned for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. The country leaves a lasting impression on any visitor since opening its borders to foreigners in the 1950s.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Nepal has witnessed an encouraging arrival of 326 thousand 527 foreign tourists in the first four months of 2023. The figure is 132.67 percent increment as compared to the same period in the previous year, 2022. A total of 140,336 foreign tourists visited the country during the same period in 2022.

COLOMBO, May 9: Sri Lanka has earned nearly 700 million U.S. dollars from tourism in the first four months of 2023, an increase of 17.8 percent from the same period last year, an official said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, May 7: Even though the number of tourists coming to the country has increased, tourism entrepreneurs are in trouble because commercial tourism activities have not increased. Tourists entering the country after the Covid-19 pandemic do not spend as expected, which has upset the entrepreneurs.

CHITWAN, May 1: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said paragliding contributes in a big way to tourism promotion.

PATANA, April 18: Pokhara's tourism potentials have been discussed in Patna of India.

KATHMANDU, April 13: The country witnessed the arrival of around 100,000 foreign tourists throughout the month of March, the largest number since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country toward the end of 2019.

KATHMANDU, April 10: Experts and entrepreneurs in the tourism sector have emphasized that a unified effort is needed from the government, private sector and the public for the overall tourism development of the country.

Hopes for a Revival

April 4, 2023 07:45 am

Despite the recent growth seen in the number of arrivals of tourists, it is important to acknowledge the challenges that remain for Nepal's tourism industry. The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, and there is always the risk of new outbreaks and restrictions. Additionally, Nepal's poor record of aviation safety has been a concern for potential tourists.

Based on the experiences of the landlocked countries, for rapid transformations of the economy and national development of Nepal, hydropower and tourism are undoubtedly the two strong development pillars.

China’s positive gesture

March 13, 2023 08:20 am

China’s decision to include Nepal in its list of outbound destinations for its citizens in the second batch of countries for outbound travel is a welcome relief for Nepal’s ailing tourism industry. Nepal is among the 40 countries in the list of outbound destinations released by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, making it the third South Asian country to be included in the list of outbound destinations for Chinese tourists.

POKHARA, March 2:February is considered to be the season when foreign tourists start visiting Nepal after the off-season in winter.

KATHMANDU, March 1: During the first two months of 2023, as many as 128,329 tourists visited Nepal.

PHUNGLING, Feb 15: The tourism business in the Kanchenjunga area is gradually coming to its previous state with an increased number of tourists arriving in recent months. A total of 439 tourists from different countries visited the region in the past four months, it is said.

POKHARA, Feb 1: Air accidents in Nepal have recently slowed down the tourism business during the off-season entering Nepal in this off-season as well.

POKHARA, Dec 30: Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) is coming into operation from January 1, 2023. There are concerns everywhere about the future of paragliding in the sky of Pokhara once the newly-built airport comes into operation.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The government has prepared the 'Nepal tourism decade (2023-2032) strategic action plan' as part of the revival of the tourism sector.

Visit Nepal Decade 2023-33

December 24, 2022 08:04 am

The government has decided to mark the period from 2023 to 2033 as the Visit Nepal Decade (VND). While the short-term goal of the VND is to revive the country’s tourism sector which was battered by the Covid-19 pandemic for two consecutive years, the long-term goal is to take the Nepali tourism to newer heights, including establishing Nepal as a leading destination in the global tourism market.

Saving Nepal’s Tourism Industry

December 23, 2022 09:15 am

Tourism accounts for 6.7 percent of Nepal’s GDP, as per the latest World Bank report. The tourism industry in Nepal also accounts for direct and indirect employment of over a million people. There is no denying that tourism is crucial for the country’s economy. Unfortunately, the travel industry in Nepal is under threat.

POKHARA, Dec 22: Pokhara Regional International Airport is coming into operation from January 1.

There are no exact statistics, but over 60 percent of the tourists who land at the Kathmandu airport visit Pokhara. There would certainly be a further increase in the number of tourists in Pokhara after the Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) comes into operation.

CHAUTARA, Nov 27: The number of tourists, both domestic and foreign, has started increasing in Bhotekoshi of Sindhupalchok district of late. Bhotekoshi features in the list of the world's 15 best bungee jumping sites. As in other tourist sites, the number of visitors had nose-dived here during the Covid-19.

RASUWA, Oct 17: Inflow of domestic and foreign tourists to Rasuwa for mountain trekking has gradually increased with the onset of the autumn season.

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has asked the Indonesian Ambassador to Nepal to facilitate bringing in Indonesian investment to Nepal's hydropower and tourism sectors.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jeevan Ram Shrestha has said that diplomats could play a significant role to promote tourism in Nepal.