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Nepal’s stall major attraction at WTM

The World Travel Market (WTM) – a global event for travel industry – proved fruitful for Nepal at a time when tourist arrivals have declined.

According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the four day long travel and tourism exchange platform that took place in London proved beneficial for Nepal´s tourism entrepreneurs as they were able to strike new business deals and strengthen their network.

The Nepal Stand at WTM 2013, spread in an area of 131 square meters was unique compared to the modern design of other participating countries. According to NTB, thematic intricate wood carving of Nepali Pagoda style temple adorned with Buddhist prayer flags attracted global tourism professionals. The artifact was a unique in that it helped highlight tourist destinations in Nepal.

NTB along with 17 tourism related companies from Nepal: Yeti Travels, Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks & Expeditions, Amadablam Adventures, Hotel Annapurna/Fish Tail Lodge, Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure, Dharma Adventures, Icefall Adventures, Malla Travels and Trek Services, Intertours Nepal, Himalaya Kailash Travels & Tours, Shangri-La Hotel & Resort, Everest Summit Lodges, The Malla Hotel, Outdoor Expeditions, Jungle Safari Lodge, Trek Nepal Int´l and The Explore Nepal participated in the four day long fair that concluded on Thursday.

Manohar SJB Rana, CEO of Yeti Travels said that the networking sessions, demonstrations, meeting with fresh buyers and renewal of business contacts were the major activities carried out during the fair. “Though our representatives have not returned home, these are the major achievements,” said Rana.
Besides, Nepalis companies, WTM witnessed participation of 189 countries with more than 5,000 exhibitors and 50,000 participants facilitating 2 billion GBP industry deals this year.

According to NTB, WTM this year also remained an ideal platform for tourism-related discussions, sharing of views and experiences on the current global travel trend, travel technology.

Travel trade companies from Nepal renewed their business contacts and struck new business deals. The Nepalis delegation at WTM was led by the Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Chairman of NTB- Sushil Ghimire.

Secretary Ghimire said Nepal is a safe, beautiful and tourist friendly destination for the visitors. Citing the urgency of mitigating the impact of climate change and the garbage problem in the Himalayas, Ghimire also focused on investment opportunities in the tourism sector in Nepal.

Similarly, Nepali Ambassador to UK Suresh Chalise thanked British summiteers — Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Alan Hinkes, Kenton Cool and David Helplemans Adams — for promoting Nepal through mountaineering and highlighted the age old relationships between the two countries.
Likewise, Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Subhash Niroula shed light on the steady growth of visitors to Nepal, its greatest tourism attributes — nature, culture, adventure and many more — making it a complete holiday getaway, according to NTB.

“Niroula also stressed on the need of close coordination between Nepal Embassy, Nepal Tourism Board and travel trade fraternity both from UK and Nepal for tourism promotion in UK,” NTB said.

source: republica, 08 NOV 2013

‘Tourism needs urgent image makeover’

Tourism needs an urgent image makeover, according to the Economic Survey 2012-13. The survey recommended recognizing the sector as national priority area in order to harvest its potential for inclusive and sustainable growth of the economy.

The survey unveiled on Friday highlighted the need for immediately addressing issues relating to infrastructure bottleneck, visitors’ safety and cleanliness, among others. It also suggested providing incentives to attract investment in the sector.

The survey has sought equal participation of government agencies, the private sector and the public to create a more tourism-friendly environment. The country welcomed 803,092 tourists in 2012, which directly contributed Rs 30 billion on the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

In the first eight months of the fiscal year, Nepal earned Rs 21.45 billion in tourism revenue — 4.8 percent of the total forex earnings, according to the survey.

The survey, however, said the country was not able to capitalise on its tourism potential to the fullest. Poor industrial security, labour problem, political instability and extended load shedding hours, among others, hampered tourism, it said.

“Despite being a potential destination in the global tourism map, political instability has hampered the sector’s growth,” said Hari Sarmah, chief executive officer of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents. “It has indeed made Nepal the last choice among high-end tourists.”

Besides, air connectivity has become a major bottleneck in attracting visitors, he said, adding until the issue is resolved with firm policies to promote destinations, Nepal will continue to receive budget travellers.

The survey has stressed on the need for an integrated tourism infrastructure and development of tourism products, particularly trekking, mountaineering and home stay, to decentralise tourism benefits.

A tourist spent 12.87 days on an average in Nepal in 2012, down from 13.12 days in 2011, the survey showed. Also, the average tourist spending has declined to a 16-year low of $34.93 per day per person in 2012.

Among the total visitors, 43.30 percent were here for the holidaying purpose, 13.59 percent for trekking and mountaineering, 12.76 percent for pilgrimage, 4.09 percent were fun seekers, 3.15 percent business travellers, 1.71 percent for seminars and 0.22 percent for rafting.

The tourism sector created 160,000 jobs in 2012. The sector had generated 110,000 employments in 2011. The number of star hotels reached 107 in 2012 from last year’s 106, while the number of tourist standards hotels and resorts rose to 743 in 2012 from 721 in 2011.

Star hotels added 48 room nights in 2012, taking the total room nights available to 9,371. Tourist standards hotels and resorts added 829 room nights to 22,286.

source: ekantipur, 13 July 2013

Global tourist traffic grew by 5 pct

Global tourist traffic grew by 5 per cent, reaching almost 500 million, with Asia-Pacific region registering the highest growth during the first half of 2013 from the same period last year, the World Tourism Organisation has said.

Destinations around the world witnessed an estimated 494 million visitors in the first six months of 2013, representing an increase of 5 per cent or an additional 25 million international tourists compared to the same period of 2012, the UN agency said.

Asia-Pacific region witnessed the highest growth of 6.0 per cent, boosted by the increase in arrivals to South-East Asia, up by 12 per cent, followed by Europe at 5.0 per cent despite the lingering economic difficulties.

Africa saw 4.0 per cent growth while the results were weaker than anticipated in the Americas where the arrivals grew by 2 per cent, as South America and the Caribbean lagged behind.

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said the growth in arrivals reflects growing importance of tourism sector.

“This underlines the need to rightly place tourism as one of the key pillars of socio-economic development, being a leading contributor to economic growth, exports and jobs,” Rifai said.

Emerging economy destinations saw stronger growth of 6 per cent, 2 per cent more than that by advanced economies, a trend which has marked the sector for many years now, it said.

The agency said that in a still uneven global economic environment, results were positive in all regions and sub regions, though the overall picture was mixed.

The Middle East rebounded after two years of negative growth with an estimated increase in international arrivals of 13 per cent.

Emerging economy outbound markets continue to drive growth, it said, adding that China and Russia, which saw an increase of 31 per cent and 23 per cent respectively, led the growth in expenditure on travel abroad among the top ten most important source markets in the world.

source: Indian Express, 28 Aug 2013