KATHMANDU, March 11: Tourism entrepreneurs have alleged that the government's tendency to announce tourism campaigns for gaining popularity without making necessary plans to implement the campaign has failed to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal.

POKHARA, Feb 6: Less than a month after the dispute over whether or not to implement the one-door system imposed on paragliding flights, another dispute has surfaced between tourism entrepreneurs. The controversy is about the 'takeoff and landing' point of paragliding.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara and Bhairahawa have urged the government to immediately operate international flights from Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) and Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA).

BUTWAL, Dec 3: The tourism entrepreneurs of Lumbini have demanded that the government-owned Nepal Airline Corporation (NAC) operate regular domestic and international flights from the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) located in Bhairahawa.

POKHARA, June 15: Tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara have lodged a formal complaint against the officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)'s Pokhara office, accusing them of failing to fulfill their responsibilities in promoting tourism.

POKHARA, May 21: The government has announced that 2080 BS will mark the beginning of 'Nepal Tourism Decade' and 2025 as 'Special Tourism Year'. Presenting the policies and programs for the upcoming financial year, President Ram Chandra Paudel announced the Nepal Tourism Decade and Special Tourism Year.

POKHARA, May 19: The announcement to begin the chartered flights from Pokhara to different cities of China from June 23 has made tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara cautiously optimistic.

POKHARA, May 10: Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) has been operational for four months now. The tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara were hopeful of the operation of international flights from Pokhara from the very first day (January 1, 2023) when the international airport came into operation.

POKHARA, March 27: This time of the year is the main season for tourists from third countries. The occupancy ratio of hotels in Pokhara should be at least 80 percent. But as the hotel occupancy rate is only 20 percent, leaving tourism entrepreneurs here highly worried about the fate of their business.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Much to the relief of the country’s ailing tourism industry, China has included Nepal in the list of outbound destinations for its citizens in the second batch of countries for outbound travel released on Friday.

POKHARA, March 2nd: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara are excited about better business prospects as the private sector's Buddha Air is set to operate a direct flight service between Pokhara and Bhadrapur starting March 9.

POKHARA, Feb 19: The tourist season in Nepal is now underway, with February through April considered the second peak season in the tourism sector. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of foreign visitors to Pokhara typically increased during this time. Tourism entrepreneurs regarded the period after February 15th as the main season, and were pleased when guests made advance bookings. However, this year, entrepreneurs are feeling disheartened due to low advance bookings for hotels.

POKHARA, Feb 17: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara have quizzed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati on various issues related to tourism, including the operation of international flights from the Pokhara Regional International Airport.

POKHARA, Feb 10: The Nepali tourism industry had been making good profits from the tourists arriving in the country from its two immediate neighbors India and China. Until a few years ago, the tourism entrepreneurs were quite happy as enough tourists would come from India and China and the addition of domestic tourists and visitors from other countries would ensure enough income for them. The entrepreneurs would be even happier as the tourists from India and China would die to visit Pokhara.

NEPALGUNJ, Nov 3: Tourism entrepreneurs of three provinces have decided to work together and introduce tour packages for promotion of tourism.

POKHARA, Oct 20: In the second week of December 2020, Raju Gaire, 38, died in a paragliding accident in Pokhara. Even before Raju, there were occasional paragliding accidents in the skies of Pokhara, but all of them were solo or trainee accidents. However, Raju had an accident during a tandem (passenger) flight, which was the first incident in which a pilot had died in a tandem flight accident.

POKHARA, July 3: Tourism entrepreneurs have urged the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to bring a special relief package to save the tourism business which has been affected by the coronavirus infection.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Tourism entrepreneurs have jointly demanded the government to create an environment for easy travel for vaccinated tourists.

KATHMANDU, August 18: Leading tourism sector organizations have asked the government to arrange vaccines to all citizens against COVID-19 at the earliest possible date and help protect their lives.

KATHMANDU, August 11: Different umbrella organizations related with tourism have demanded vaccines for tourism entrepreneurs, employees and staffers deputed in the frontline at tourism destinations against COVID-19 within 30 days.

KATHMANDU, July 7: Tourism entrepreneurs have suggested the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to focus on digital marketing for the revival of tourism in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and tourism-related organizations have suggested to the government to resume the visa-on-arrival service for tourists.

MYAGDI, Jan 1: Hotels in Mustang that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have reopened after nine months. The fear of COVID-19 had led to the closure of hotels in the district since March.

MYAGDI, Dec 29: Hoteliers of Myagdi have demanded opening of tourist areas in Mustang district. COVID-19 pandemic and its risk of spreading led to the closure of all religious and tourist areas in Mustang since March. They have maintained that the areas have been closed despite the fact that they are resuming their business activities by following all safety measures.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Tourism entrepreneurs have said that it will take at least another five years to revive Nepal’s tourism industry.

KATHMANDU, July 16: Tourism entrepreneurs have demanded that the government allow the resumption of domestic flights from August 1 and international flights from August 15.

KATHMANDU, March 8: Tourism entrepreneurs have asked the government to provide them with 50% waiver in taxes due to the slowdown in the tourism business as the widespread outbreak of coronavirus continues to affect tourist arrivals in the country.

(Don’t) Visit Nepal 2020

March 6, 2020 10:00 am

We were expecting two million tourists to visit Nepal this year but it looks like we might not reach the target due to the outbreak of coronavirus in China and various other countries. Even before the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign was officially launched, tourism entrepreneurs had serious doubts about attracting two million tourists due to inadequate tourism infrastructure in our country.

POKHARA, Feb 26: The Bengal Travel Mart (BTM), one of the biggest tourist fair in India organized a meeting with tourism entrepreneurs of various countries regarding the problem faced in the tourism sector worldwide. According to tourism entrepreneurs, the meeting discussed the outbreak of coronavirus in China which has affected the tourism industry.

DHANGADHI, Feb 10: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has prepared a 20-year master plan to upgrade Dhangadhi Airport into an international airport.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Tourism entrepreneurs are scrambling to explore new markets after arrivals from China – second largest source market for Nepal – fell drastically due to coronavirus outbreak.

BHAIRAHAWA, Feb 5: The widespread outbreak of coronavirus in China has affected the tourism industry in Nepal. Advance booking and hotel packages are being canceled by Chinese tourists due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

SURKHET, Dec 21: Hotel entrepreneurs and other businesspersons in Karnali have shown their eagerness to invest in the tourism sector in the region, given conducive environment. They have demanded security of their investment and basic facilities and infrastructures in place.

POKHARA, Sept 18: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara are worried about the spread of dengue in the city during the peak tourist season. The entrepreneurs' nightmare has turned into reality after some foreign tourists cancelled their Pokhara visit in view of the rising cases of dengue. Businesspersons have urged the government to take adequate measures against dengue to make the people feel safe. They have also asked the media not to leave the people panicked by 'misinforming about the disease'.

CHIPLEDHUNGA, March 3: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara have demanded that the under-construction Pokhara International Airport be named after late Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari.

MANANG, Oct 28: Like other tourist destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna foot trail is busy  welcoming a large number of visitors this year.

Domestic tourists increase in Jumla

October 27, 2018 07:50 am

JUMLA, Oct 27: With a large number of domestic tourists visiting Jumla of late, the image of Karnali as an under developed and remote region of the country is about to change.

‘Tourism Udyami Seedcamp’ launched

October 9, 2018 08:57 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has announced ‘Tourism Udyami Seedcamp’ in order to welcome ideas of tourism entrepreneurs all over the country.

POKHARA, Sept 23: Tourism entrepreneurs and locals of Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) have reached an agreement not to build additional motorways on the upper trekking trail for the next 30 years.