POKHARA, Oct 20: Tourist destinations of the Annapurna area including Ghandruk have decided to not operate hotels for an indefinite period. Tourism entrepreneurs are worried of COVID-19 transmission if they allow tourists to enter the village. Uncertainty remains  regarding the operation of hotels in Ghandruk and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).

POKHARA, Oct 18: Lakeside, the hub for businesses related to tourism in Pokhara, is yet to open, even while the main markets in the Mahendrapul, Chipledhunga, New Road, Sabhagriha Chowk and Prithvi Chowk areas are already open.

"I am originally from Calcutta. I got married to a Nepali when I was 21 and then Nepal became my second home. Kathmandu as a city, where my husband lived and later I lived along with him captivated me," she said.

Republica Morning Brief: Oct 17

October 17, 2020 06:03 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: In case you missed them, here are the major news stories that Republica covered over the past 24 hours.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Nepal and Austria have agreed to expand and deepen engagements in bilateral trade, investment, technology transfer, renewable energy, and tourism.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: The global pandemic of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has adversely affected all business- and service-related sectors. Since Nepal went into a nationwide lockdown in March earlier this year, the tourism sector is yet to see a revival although restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector are yet to be lifted.

Republica Morning Brief: Oct 1

October 1, 2020 06:00 am

The Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana has begun testing the constitutional ground of the appointment ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Vice Chairman Bamdev Gautam as a member of National Assembly (NA) and his possible appointment as a minister.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai has said that there is no alternative to the Nijgadh International Airport in Bara as the capacity of the only international airport in the country – the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) – is sure to get saturated in the near future.

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Ang Rita Sherpa -- popularly known as 'Himchituwa' (snow leopard) for his 10 Everest ascents without supplemental oxygen -- passed away at 10 am on Monday in Kathmandu. He was 72.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has directed the government agencies concerned to complete the tree counting process in the proposed site of Nijgadh International Airport by mid-December this year.

POKHARA, July 30: Homestay service for tourists was an economic game changer for a lot of people in Pokhara as in many other parts of the country. But the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that hit across the world badly affected this business that started booming only a few years ago.

Hi everyone, my name is Nepal. COVID-19 has forced me to take sick days. I am on my 35th sick leave, and it has been extended to May 7th.

POKHARA, April 15:  The three-week-long restriction order enforced by the government has been extended for 12 more days, until April 27.

Fear amid corona threat

March 23, 2020 10:34 am

An email from an editor of one of the leading French dailies who cancelled her trip to Nepal due to the threat of coronavirus made me unhappy. She was going to visit Nepal for a few weeks and cover some travel related news. She said she had to cancel in response to Nepal government’s decision to ban ‘on arrival visa’ to French nationals.

Diary of a commitment-phobe

March 21, 2020 10:45 am

I don’t clearly know where I am headed (I feel out of this world, but I am not drugged), but I am sure I will find my way, my destiny, my destination. One thing is clear, though: I am leaving this city at least temporarily because it reminds me of so many things. You see, loads of memories are not a good thing when you are in an unenviable situation. On a pilgrimage?

Loving what he does

March 20, 2020 11:40 am

As a travel guide, Eric Awale, from Patan, Lalitpur, is living his dream life. His job is something many of us would like to have ourselves—he gets to travel all over Nepal, meet new people, research about the history and culture of Nepal and, what’s more, he makes a decent living doing it all. However, Awale argues that the life of a professional travel guide and a traveler isn’t only the stuff of dreams. It is hard work.

KATHMANDU, March 17: The government is considering offering tax rebate and subsidy for some businesses and industries hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Blame it on the corona

March 13, 2020 10:53 am

Our incompetent government is going to have an easy year as our netas, civil servants and contractors can blame the coronavirus for the country not moving forward. Every year, our contractors get busy during the monsoon. This year will be the same but if our contractors fail to finish their work on time, they can blame China and the coronavirus. They can just tell us that their equipment is stuck in China and just share the contract money with our civil servants as usual.

ITAHARI, March 8: Commercial operation of a zip flyer adventure began in province 1 from Saturday. Chief Minister of province 1 SherdhanRai officially inaugurated the 650-meter-long pioneer zip flyer project.

Tourists arrival in Koshi Tappu nil

March 5, 2020 19:45 pm

ITAHARI, March 5: February and March is the peak season for international travelers interested in migratory birds and wild water buffaloes at the only wildlife reserve of the nation, KoshiTappu Wildlife Reserve. Tragically, the foreign tourists' arrival in this bird sanctuary has been reduced to zero largely due to the fear over the spread of the coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has said that the world should be informed about the fact that Nepal is free from the dark shadow of coronavirus.

Investing in infrastructure

February 12, 2020 12:11 pm

An international expert on transport and highway engineering, after making a visit to major road infrastructures in Nepal, commented that there is no single stretch of road in Nepal that is worth of calling a highway. According to this expert, there are certain parameters for any road to be called highway which is determined on the basis of width of the road, engineering design, geometry, quality of pavement, and provision on safety of pedestrians, passengers and vehicles.

Investment climate: Good or bad?

February 11, 2020 08:40 am

Nepal needs to take advantage of emerging favorable investment climate to boost private investment from both domestic and foreign investors for accomplishing its target

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is preparing to release second tranche of subsidy for 100 new tourism destinations across the country.

ITAHARI, Feb 8: An unknown corner of a known city, 1-Bigha-area, is now becoming a new travelling hotspot of Dharan.

POKHARA, Jan 30: Pokhara is set to have easy connectivity with eastern part of the country with the beginning of direct flight service to Biratnagar.

Province 5 organizing investment summit

January 28, 2020 10:24 am

RUPANDEHI, Jan 28: The Province 5 government is all set to organize an investment summit in April to attract investment in the province.

Setback for tourism

January 26, 2020 11:06 am

Two incidents of the past week in Nepal are deeply worrying for the prospects of tourism at a time when the country is celebrating Visit Nepal 2020 during which Nepal aims to bring in as many as two million tourists. Both incidents are related to death of tourists. On Friday, massive avalanche hit the Deurali area of Annapurna Rural Municipality-11 in Kaski leaving four South Korean nationals and three Nepalis missing.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The chief executive officer (CEO) selection process at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is getting complicated with each passing day.

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 8: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has faced a barrage of criticism on social media for his “ill-timed” visit to Australia to promote the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, when as the country is reeling under one of the worst crisis in its history due to the massive wildfires.

Nepalgunj, Jan 4: The Banke National Park (BNP) is all set to bring in more number of tourists. It had witnessed the visit of 150 tourists from the country and abroad combined in the last fiscal year. Among these, only eight were the foreign tourists.

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, Jan 1: The much-awaited and ambitious campaign in Nepal's tourism sector Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 has been formally inaugurated by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari amidst a grand function organized at the Dasharath Stadium, Tripureshwor in the capital on Wednesday.

Making VNY 2020 successful

January 1, 2020 08:59 am

Nepal is formally embarking on Visit Nepal 2020 from January 1. The campaign launched by the government aims to bring two million tourists.

KANCHANPUR, Dec 31: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has said that Nepal has emerged as the second powerful force in South Asia's sports sector. Inaugurating a marathon tournament at Bhimduttanagar in Kanchanpur district today, Minister Baskota viewed the need for encouraging the players after their search.

Tourists Mean Hope for Palestine

December 30, 2019 08:50 am

Even though Palestine passed the three-million tourist mark in 2019, and that record is expected to be broken again this coming year, unprecedented obstructions threaten to derail this progress

Make tourists feel at home

December 26, 2019 08:55 am

Much awaited Visit Nepal 2020, the national event that aims to bring as many as two million tourists to Nepal in 2020, is beginning right next week.

RASUWA, Dec 24: More than 30,000 foreign tourists entered Nepal over the first 11 months of 2019 through the Rasuwagadhi border point.

BHAIRAHAWA, Dec 19: The number of tourists visiting Lumbini is not seeing expected growth, say entrepreneurs.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Nepal and Oman have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on labor, tourism cooperation and visa waiver for the holders of diplomatic and official passports. The two countries signed the MoUs during the visit of Foreign Secretary Shanker Bairagi to Oman

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

To visit or not to

December 6, 2019 08:10 am

One of the major agendas of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign is to promote local tourism. More Nepalis need to explore Nepal, so believe the authorities behind the campaign. But most of the Nepalis The Week spoke to don’t think much effort has been made in that regard.

ILAM, Dec 2: Suryodaya Tourism Festival is being organized in Ilam from November 30 to December 3 to promote tourism in the district.

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 24: Chinese Actress Xu Qing, who has been appointed as goodwill ambassador for the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, is visiting Nepal again in the first week of December to help further promote Nepal’s tourism in China.

BHADRAPUR, Nov 23: Lions Club of Kakadvitta has launched a campaign to paste posters with the logo of 'Visit Nepal Year 2020' on Indian number plate vehicles entering Nepal.

CHITWAN, Nov 16: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has announced that new mountains would be opened for climbing targeting the Visit Nepal Year 2020.

View tower constructed in Tanahu

November 13, 2019 15:59 pm

A view tower has been constructed at Galekhamkot of Byas Municipality-6 of Tanahu district to boost local tourism.