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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
TANAHUN, Nov 13: Kaushila Gurung of Tutepani in Tanahun district remains busy these days. After toiling in the field during daytime to harvest paddy, she needs to be ready to welcome guests in the homestay in evening.
POKHARA, Nov 6: Locals have called for construction of airport at Tsarang in Upper Mustang, stating that an airport there would promote religious and adventurous tourism in the country’s northern district. The proposed area lies 3,700 meters above sea level.
KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) has asked the newly appointed ambassadors of Nepal to Australia and Spain to focus on expansion of economic cooperation and promotion of tourism.
KATHMANDU, Oct 16: The Nepali delegation participating in the 141st Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Belgrade of Serbia have invited fellow parliamentarians from 170 countries to visit Nepal in 2020.
KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Different organizations and companies were felicitated for their contribution to the tourism sector, at an event organized in the capital on Friday on the occasion of the 40th World Tourism Day.