KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The government has put forth a plan to promote Nepal as 'Coronavirus Free Zone' to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the tourism industry.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Nepal has hosted its first ever figure skating and ice hockey friendly match with well-renowned players from Canada, India, Russia, and the United States.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Preparations are on to celebrate Mahashivaratri in a special manner on the occasion of Visit Nepal Year 2020. Different organisations have started cleaning different places in Pashupati area at the request of the Pashupati Area Development Trust for the same

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Tourist arrivals into the country fell by 2% in the first month of 2020 which is being celebrated as Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

MS Group has spread its wings since its inception as a trading house catering to commodity trading in the private sector. It has now ventured into manufacturing and the service sector. The group has been successful in operating an international hotel brand, Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott and plans to further expand in the country to serve a wide range of customers.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Nepal is hosting figure skating and ice hockey events in Gokyo Lake of Everest region on February 14.

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: The coronavirus outbreak in China and the country's restriction on group travel for its citizens is likely to affect the target set by the government in bringing 500,000 Chinese tourists to Nepal. The government is now looking into to attract tourists from other countries to fulfill the gap caused by the slump in Chinese tourists' arrival to Nepal.

Tail wagging the dog

February 1, 2020 12:12 pm

This is about some instances and incidents which may be known or unknown but might be of some interest to those following aviation. The biggest news of all happens to be the worldwide fear created by the emergence of Coronavirus. Thanks to the ease brought in by air travel it has since been traced to far off corners of the world. It is obvious that time spent in an enclosed space with unsuspecting infected fellow passengers only help its spread. And it does not bode well for Visit Nepal Year 2020 as there are quite a few airlines that link Chinese cities with Kathmandu. To that end, launching of Himalaya Airline’s Chongqing (CKG) connection, even if synchronised with Chinese New Year, appears ill timed in retrospect.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: In what appears to be a major setback for the country which is celebrating the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’, the arrival of Chinese tourists in groups is likely to come to a halt from Monday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The government is set to carry out a sanitation audit at 10 main airports of the country as part of the Visit Nepal Year, 2020.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and visiting Princess Astrid of Belgium jointly inaugurated a new tuberculosis center in Kailali district today.

KATHMANDU, Princess Astrid of Belgium arrived in Kathmandu on a week-long visit to Nepal on Sunday.

We all are tourists

January 19, 2020 09:17 am

The tradition of treating guests as deities (atithi devo bhawa) may be theoretically sound but it is practically an impossible and flawed concept as no human beings can shoulder the burden of fulfilling all the unrealistic expectations and wishes of the people. Hence, the concept of hospitality and relevance of tourism has to be redefined at regular intervals to adjust to the ethos of the epochs and ever-changing socio-political dynamics.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Vistara, an Indian airline, is adding Kathmandu to its network with flights starting from February 11.

KATHMANDU, Princess Astrid of Belgium will be visiting Nepal from January 19 to 25, the Nepali and Belgian governments confirmed on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Princess Astrid of Belgium will be arriving in Kathmandu on a week-long visit on January 19, officials said on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The final contestants of singing reality show 'Voice of Nepal Season 2' are all set to visit various countries in a bid to promote the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign from March to June this year, the organizer said on Tuesday.

Scenic Shailung awaits visitors

January 13, 2020 09:59 am

DOLAKHA, Jan 13: Shailung in Dolakha district is one of the attractive destinations in the country to visit during Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020.

MELBOURNE, Jan 9: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai urged Nepali authorities to send at least 100,000 Australian tourists to Nepal during the Visit Year 2020.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: The government has intensified promotion of Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign in various countries following official launch of the yearlong tourism campaign on January 1. The campaign was inaugurated in all seven provinces simultaneously.

VNY 2020 in Malaysia

January 7, 2020 21:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: The Nepali Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia organised a special programme in the Malaysian capital in order to encourage Malaysians to visit Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has faced harsh criticism on social media for his ongoing visit to Australia to promote the Visit Nepal Year 2020 at a time when the country is reeling under the worst bushfire emergency in history.

YANGON, Jan 2: Visit Nepal Year 2020 was promoted in the popular, Shwedagon Pagoda, in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Thakurdwara of Bardiya on Wednesday morning witnessed a huge crowd as they gathered to celebrate the commencement of the Visit Nepal Year 2020. People from all walks of life had taken interest in the initiative while the presence of key persons from government offices and social sector had graced the event.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020, the year-long campaign for tourism promotion, was officially launched amidst fanfare at Dasharath Stadium, Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31 : Tourism ministers from four countries will grace the inaugural ceremony of Visit Nepal year (VNY) 2020 to be held at Dasharath Stadium on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) on Tuesday said that the government agencies are all prepared to host a grand inaugural ceremony of Visit Nepal Year 2020 on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: A promotional event targeting the Visit Nepal Year-2020 is to be organised in the United Kingdom.

Indigenous nationalities to support VNY

December 30, 2019 09:10 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and associations affiliated have decided to participate in the inauguration of Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 at Dasharath Stadium on Wednesday showcasing their respective ethnic identity.

Sindhupalchowk warms up for VNY

December 30, 2019 09:03 am

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Dec 30: Tourism entrepreneurs of the district have announced 30% discount on their services for a week starting January 1 on the occasion of Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 campaign.

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: The rehabilitation of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)'s runway has been completed 128 days ahead of the stipulated deadline.

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Only five days are left to formally inaugurate the Visit Nepal Year 2020. The government is going to celebrate the Visit Nepal-2020 as the national festival.

Rasuwa gears up for VNY 2020

December 26, 2019 09:47 am

RASUWA, Dec 26: Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign's district secretariat has prepared working procedure to implement various events and activities as part of the yearlong tourism promotional campaign.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTA) has proposed waiving the royalty for mountaineers climbing 11 mountains in view of attracting more tourists in Nepal to make Visit Nepal Year 2020 successful.

PANCHTHAR, Dec 16: Poor infrastructure in eastern Nepal will be a major hurdle as it prepares to celebrate Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Himalaya Airlines has restarted direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Bharatpur airport resumes operation

December 11, 2019 12:45 pm

CHITWAN, Dec 11: Bharatpur airport has resumed operation from today. The airport was closed down since December 1 for repairing the runway.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Nepal Army (NA) has unveiled eight different promotional activities to help make the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign a success.

Govt seeks support of foreign missions

December 5, 2019 12:11 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, has urged foreign diplomats in Nepal to help the country in making 'Visit Nepal Year 2020' a success.

Govt urges NGOs to organize MICE in Nepal

November 27, 2019 11:15 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: The government has urged non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to use their networks to organize meetings, incentives, conferencing, and exhibitions (MICE) in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The government has asked local units to prepare master plan for infrastructure development in 100 potential tourist destinations across the country.

In pics: Captivating Rara

November 7, 2019 17:29 pm

MUGU, Nov 7: Rara Lake, located in Mugu has been witnessing the surge in domestic tourists in recent days. On average, 500 to 1000 tourists make it to Rara daily, according to hoteliers in the area.

CHITWAN, Nov 7: In view of the upcoming Visit Nepal Year 2020, the government is all set to complete the construction of an “umbrella street” alongside Rapti River in Patihani of Chitwan within this December. The under-construction street offers a spectacular sunset view. According the local authorities, 70 percent of the project has been completed and the rest will be done before the Visit Nepal Year 2020 begins.

OKHALDHUNGA, Nov 6: Pokali cultural festival has been organized in the district with an aim to attract 20,000 domestic as well as international tourists during Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020. Pokali is regarded as the country's second highest waterfall.

LONDON, Nov 4: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has said that the works of national pride projects have been executed faster than expected.

Global gathering on nutrition

November 4, 2019 01:00 am

A global event on nutrition—Sun Global Gathering—is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 4 to 7. SUN, or Scaling Up Nutrition, is a global movement launched in 2010 with an aim of ending all forms of malnutrition. SUN brings together governments, civil society, private sector, academia, activists, and others in a common platform and provide framework for working together to improve the nutritional outcomes worldwide.  SUN Global Gathering (SUNGG) is the flagship event of the SUN movement which aims to develop a common understanding on the issue of malnutrition and reinforce commitment from governments and other sectors to improve nutrition.   The Government of Nepal is co-hosting the event with SUN movement Secretariat. It is an important opportunity for Nepal to showcase and reflect on its progress and learn from the experiences of other SUN countries in bringing down malnutrition.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: The Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has announced 30% discounts on room tariff at its member hotels, resorts and guesthouses to foreigners visiting Nepal next year.

Gear up for VNY 2020

October 31, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal will officially welcome the Visit Nepal Year 2020 in less than 60 days. The government has announced a goal to welcome at least two million tourists in the year 2020.

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: Tihar, also known as Deepawali or the festival of lights started today.

The true worth of a picture

October 26, 2019 00:30 am

Who will speak for this country and boost its image internationally? Who will stand for accountability, transparency and democracy?