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.

KATHMANDU, JULY 5: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that tourism should be promoted by promoting Nepal's culture and heritage at the international level.

KATHMANDU, June 21: The homework to move the seven-decade-old Everest Base Camp a couple of hundred meters below its current point has begun.

KATHMANDU, May 29: The government has announced plans to launch a program to welcome one million tourists in the coming fiscal year 2022/23.

Lumbini is one of the lucky provinces that has both mountainous and plain terrains and is well connected to the southern neighbour India. It has natural resources in abundance and is also ahead in terms of industrialization. The province now needs to passionately work with a plan to achieve the goal of prosperity.

Gandaki Province counts on the recently-built international airport in Pokhara, under-construction roads connecting it to the country's both southern and northern neighbors, hydroelectricity projects in different parts of the province, and its immense tourism potential to embark on the journey to prosperity.

With a population of about 5 million, Province 1 is quite rich in resources. There is ample basis for the province to achieve development and prosperity through agriculture, clean energy, tourism and industrialization.

KATHMANDU, May 2: The arrival rate of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 159.9 percent in April 2022 as compared to the corresponding period last year.

Exploiting the full potential of adventure tourism in Nepal is a sure-shot way to prosperity for the country, provided that we just do not talk the talk but also walk the walk. That said, it’s good to see the local and provincial governments taking the initiatives of their own to promote tourism in their areas, especially after the country adopted federalism some five years ago.

RASUWA, April 22:The number of domestic and foreign tourists coming to visit the upper region of Rasuwa has increased with the arrival of spring and the situation of COVID-19 pandemic returning to normalcy.

KATHMANDU, April 14: A total of 84 mountaineering teams have obtained permits till April 13 to climb various mountains and peaks in Nepal in this spring season. These expedition teams have a total of 689 members. The government was able to collect royalty of over Rs 373 million from the climbers seeking permits.

KATHMANDU, April 11: Farwest Travel Mart, organized by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan City and NATTA with the objective of promoting tourism activities in the Far Western Province has concluded successfully. The travel mart was held from April 8 to 10 in Dhangadhi.

KATHMANDU, April 9: One of the mainstays of Nepal's economy-tourism- is gradually limping back to normalcy after being battered by COVID-19 pandemic for nearly two years.

KATHMANDU, April 7: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale has underscored the need for support from all sectors for reviving the tourism industry which has been hit hard by COVID-19 for two years.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The number of tourists in Nepal has increased significantly in the month of March. The tourism sector, which has been slowing down for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been slowly recovering with the recent increase in tourist arrivals.

NEPALGUNJ, April 1: Rafting, an adventurous water sport, has been started in the Rapti River from Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality Ward 1 of Banke Kusum Bariya to Agaiya since Friday.

KALIKOT, March 29: Rakam Karnali Rafting Firm has brought rafting service into operation at Aathbish Municipality in Karnali district with a goal to promote tourism in the region.

KATHMANDU, March 27: A three-day ‘East Tourism Mart’ that was held in Dharan under the management of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Dharan Sub-metropolis for the promotion of tourism in the border areas of the country has concluded today.

KATHMANDU, March 15: Carlo Mamberto, an Italian hiker, immediately fell in love with Nepal and its hospitality and natural beauty made an indelible mark on his heart when he first came to the country and set out on a trek to the Himalayas.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine has left the whole world on high alert. With the world just recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict has again affected businesses and industries not only in both the countries but also in entire Europe.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The Tourism Revitalization Steering Committee has inked an agreement with Buddha Airlines Pvt Ltd and Yeti Airlines to provide a discount in the airfare to foreign tourists as Nepal is attracting more and more external tourists.

TAPLEJUNG, Feb 23: Tourist arrivals in the Kanchenjunga region of Taplejung have decreased significantly in the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this period, only a few tourists reached the region.

DOTI, Jan 22: The major tourist destination in Sudurpaschim Province, Khaptad, has drawn an increasing number of domestic tourists since the second snowfall this winter last Wednesday.