KATHMANDU, Sept 2: Around 17 percent of the hotels in Nepal have completely shut down their businesses while more than 1 million people in the tourism business lost their jobs due to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

BAGMATI, August 31: The Bagmati Province has decided to set up four new offices under the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment in order to provide public service in a convenient manner.

POKHARA, August 29: The Pokhara Metropolitan City has accorded priority to the promotion of local tourism in the changing context in the three-year periodic plan of the city.

TANAHUN, August 14: The construction of the Manimukundeshwari Wall, also known as the ‘mini great wall’, in Bandipur Rural Municipality of Tanahun district is currently underway. The 1,400 meters long mini great wall project is funded by the rural municipality. The attraction has become a new tourist hotspot in the region.

KATHMANDU, August 3: As many as 2,991 international tourists entered Nepal in July through the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), according to the Department of Immigration.

KATHMANDU, August 3: The average length of stay of the tourists visiting Nepal increased by around 19 percent, despite a fall in the number of tourists visiting Nepal due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

KATHMANDU, June 23: Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel has urged the hoteliers and tourism entrepreneurs to take benefit from the facilities provided by the government in the hotel and tourism sector.

BRUSSELS, May 20: The European Union took a step toward relaxing travel rules for tourists from outside the 27-nation bloc Wednesday when EU ambassadors agreed on measures to allow in fully vaccinated visitors.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Tourism entrepreneurs have urged the government to declare the tourism industry as a crisis-ridden one, in the wake of the effects of the second wave of COVID-19 on the industry.

KATHMANDU, May 8: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has made it clear that there are no health safety risks at Mount Everest base camp.

POKHARA, April 21: At a time when the tourism business was about to boom following almost a year, the government has again imposed strict rules and regulations regarding the operation of hotels and restaurants in the country.

Ilam is home to various ethnic groups like Limbu, Rai, Lepcha, Gurung, Magar, Newa, Khas, Arya etc. Cultural variety can be seen in Ilam in festivities with mind blowing music and colorful costumes.

KATHMANDU, March 21: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has geared up preparations to revive domestic tourism hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The NTB will be taking part in the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) to be organised by the International Tourism Promotion Board in India.

SYDNEY, March 11: The Australian government unveiled a A$1.2 billion ($928 million) tourism support package on Thursday, aimed at boosting local travel while international routes remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: It was a moment of pride and happiness for Kanchhi Dolma Hyolmo representing her community in her traditional Hyolmo dress at the top of the world, Mt Everest, at 8848.86 meters.

PHOTOS: Khaptad calling !

February 5, 2021 19:00 pm

Khaptad has been blanketed with heavy snow as the region started witnessing heavy snowfall since Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Nepal welcomed 8,874 foreign tourists in January, the largest number of foreign visitors in a month since the government imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 24.

Greece’s tourism sector is expected to recover next summer following a dramatic fall in revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, a senior industry official said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 ruins Christmas hype in Pokhara

December 25, 2020 12:22 pm

POKHARA, Dec 25: It has been almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic affected the tourism sector. Had there been no pandemic, there would have been a lot of tourists in Pokhara at this time of the year. Although the time is end of the season, the city would still see the flow of tourists. But this year, it has become hard to spot international tourists in Pokhara due to COVID-19.

POKHARA, Dec 12: The newly-launched bungee jump spot in Kushma, which has also been claimed as the world’s second-highest spot of this kind, is flooded with domestic tourists as the country is gradually but cautiously trying to resume all tourism-related businesses in recent days.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The Central Zoo, located at Jawalakhel in Lalitpur district,  opened after a hiatus of nine months on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The Lalitpur-based Central Zoo has opened after a hiatus of nine months.

JANAKPUR, Dec 12: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has said that the government was working to bring high-level infrastructure development to Janakpurdham. Inaugurating the new terminal building and control tower at Janakpur airport today, he described the airport as a mode of friendship between the federal, provincial and local level governments.

POKHARA, Nov 23: A person died and another sustained injuries in a paragliding accident in Pokhara on Monday.

RASUWA, Nov 22:  The hotels in the Langtang region, one of the favorite travel destinations in Nepal, are all set to resume their services from Sunday.

LUMBINI, Nov 21: Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is eagerly waiting for tourists following its reopening after being closed for eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Devotees wish for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as they worship the Sun god to conclude the Chhath festival

POKHARA, Nov 14: Pokhara Ultralight Private Limited has resumed ultralight in Pokhara after a hiatus of  eight months.

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Lonely Planet, the US-based world's top travel guide publisher, has included Annapurna Circuit among the top 10 most incredible travel experiences in the world.

POKHARA, Nov 9: Nepal’s tallest idol of Lord Shiva that is under-construction in Pokhara has reported 45 percent progress. The statue is being erected at Pumdikot, Pokhara Metropolitan City-24.

DAMAULI, Nov 8: Manahukot, located on the western top of Damauli bazar, has been drawing a huge crowd, after breathtaking photos of the area went viral on social media. Situated in ward 5 of Byas Municipality, this beautiful place has been receiving domestic tourists in huge numbers every day.

Baglung drawing domestic tourists

November 7, 2020 21:20 pm

BAGLUNG, Nov 7: With the onset of winter, the district is attracting people loving natural beauty. Mountain ranges and beautiful human settlements are common scenes that attract tourists here.

PHOTOS: Zip line resumes in Bhedetar

November 7, 2020 17:45 pm

DHARAN, Nov 7: Zip line activity in Bhedetar, which had remained shut for more than seven months, resumed Saturday afternoon.

PARBAT, Nov 3: The world's tallest bungee jumping and swing have come into operation in Parbat district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The tourism agencies in the country have joined hands to revive the tourism sector, which has been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, by organizing a ‘Nepal Bicycle Tour’.

ILAM, Nov 1: The pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been dear to the tourism sector more than any other sector as most tourist activities are yet to resume after the country went into the nationwide lockdown on March 24 earlier this year.

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.