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“Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) marked the World Tourism Day (WTD) with a series of events in Punakha yesterday.

As a part of the celebrations, message of the Secretary General of United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai was delivered by the Director of TCB, Chhimmy Pem.

The message in line with this year’s theme highlights preciousness of water resources being tourism’s main asset. The Secretary General in his message also mentioned tourism sectors as one of the largest economic sectors in the world to take leadership role and ensure companies and destinations invest in adequate water management throughout the value chain.

The message further stated that if managed sustainably, tourism can bring benefits to the national and local communities and support water preservation and insisted all those involved in the tourism sector to join global World Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovate solutions to ensuring sustainable access to water resources worldwide. “Water underpins our life-lets protect our common future,” he wrote.

On the day, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also stated, “I urge tourism establishments to cut consumption and improve waste management and I call on individuals to play their part by making environmentally conscious choices when they travel.”

TCB official, Damcho Rinzin said the celebration can be carried out in numerous ways as organizing competitions, holding such events, taking a vacation or a trip to different places and making commitment to contribute in their own ways by keeping mind the WTD event. He hopes that the participants will make an effort to protect and preserve water and promote tourism by being part of tourism family.

To further commemorate the event, TCB also organized a debate completion between Ugyen Academy (UA) and Punakha Higher Secondary School (PHSS) on “Tourism a threat to water sustainability” and a rafting adventure below Aman Resort till Khuruthang PHSS.

PHSS won the debate competition. The participants were awarded certificates by the Punakha Dzongda.

World Tourism Day was first observed in 1980 with the theme “Tourism’s contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage, and to peace and mutual understanding”. The day is celebrated to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The event also seeks to address global challenges outlined in United Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

The event was presided by Punakha Dzongda in the presence of the Resident Coordinator, ACO, Drangpon, Director of TCB, Chairman of Dzongkhag Yargay Tshogchung, President of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan, President of Handicraft Association of Bhutan, Executive Director of Guide Associations of Bhutan, Board Director, Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators, Sector Heads of Punakha Dzongkhag and students from Punakha HSS and Ugyen Academy.

World Tourism Day is celebrated annually and stakeholders across the world take part in the celebration.

This year’s theme for the day is “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future” which highlights tourism’s role in water access and emphasizes on the actions currently being taken by the sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead.

source: The Bhutanese, 27 Sept 2013

Rally taken out on World Tourism Day

Different tourism organizations took out a rally in the morning of September 27 as part of celebrating 24th World Tourism Day.

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with number of travel trade organizations participated in the rally that started from Sanchakosh Building in Thamel and passes through Durbar Marg, Ghantaghar, Ratna Park, Bhadrakali, Sundhara and New Road Gate before culminating into a gathering at Basantapur. Participants carried placards and banners carrying different messages in line with this year’s World Tourism Day’s theme – Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.

TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, Senior Vice-President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice-President Kami Rinji Sherpa, 2nd Vice-President Kul Bahaudur Gurung, General Secretary Sagar Pandey, Secretary Pasang Sherpa, Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha, Joint-Treasurer Tilak Bahadur Thapa Magar and Executive Members Dhan Prasad Gurung, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Pasang Tendi Sherpa, Palsang Tamang, Rajendra Sapkota, Nilhari Bastola, Namaraj Gauli, Meghanad Timalsina and Gokul Sapkota participated in the rally. Office-bearers and members of past executive committees, member agencies of TAAN and staffers of TAAN secretariat also took part in the rally.

Speaking at the gathering, representatives of different travel trade associations stressed the need to conserve water resources to promote our tourism industry.

Nepal has been organizing series of programs across the country to celebrate 34th World Tourism Day since September 26.

source: TAAN, 27 Sept 2013

World Tourism Day today

The government, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and travel trade organisations will be welcoming tourists arriving in Nepal on Friday to mark the 34th World Tourism Day (WTD).

The theme for this year’s WTD—Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future—highlights the role of tourism in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken to contribute to a more sustainable water future and the challenges ahead.

The day is being marked across the globe in support of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

Tourism stakeholders have planned to welcome tourists arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport and Pokhara Airport. Overland tourists will be welcomed at different border points. Food and street festivals have also been planned in major cities for a week.

Clean-up programmes will be conducted at various religious and tourism sites and rivers. The Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal Pokhara Chapter will be organizing a mini street festival to mark the occasion. The Tara Gaon Development Board will be providing a 25 percent discount on breakfast, lunch and dinner at Fewa Restaurant, Pokhara Resort, Kakani Resort and Nagarkot Resort.

Similarly, all member hotels of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) will be providing free accommodation for four nights to five tourists chosen by a draw of lots. All the tourists will be offered a 25 percent discount on food on Sept 27.

The Narayanhiti Durbar Museum has announced free entrance for the first two tourists , and the Tourist Guide Association of Nepal will be providing free half-day sightseeing at Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee will be issuing 20 percent discount coupons from all the tourist counters in Bhaktapur.

Meanwhile, the Royal Enfielders and the Chitwan Enfielders will be organizing Enfield motorcycle rides on the Dharan-Kakkarbhitta, Narayanghat-Lumbini-Sunauli and Kathmandu-Kodari routes.

source: ekantipur, 27 Sept 2013

Splendid welcome awaits tourists arriving on World Tourism Day

Tourists arriving in Nepal on World Tourism Day on Sept 27 will be honoured with a splendid reception. The government, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and travel trade organizations have decided to celebrate the 34th World Tourism Day (WTD) by laying on a grand welcome to foreign visitors at tourism sites and entry points across the country.

The theme of this year’s WTD is Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future, in support of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. This year’s theme highlights the role of tourism in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken to contribute to a more sustainable water future and the challenges ahead.

“As Nepal’s major tourism products are linked to water resources, the event will highlight the importance of tourism and water on the country’s economy and its sustainable development,” said Mohan Krishna Sapkota, spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry.

Tourism stakeholders have planned to welcome tourists arriving at Tribhuvan Internat-ional Airport (TIA) and Pokhara Airport. Overland tourists will be welcomed at different border points. Food and street festivals have also been planned in major cities for a week.

Clean-up programmes will be conducted at various religious and tourism sites and rivers. The Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal Pokhara Chapter will be organizing a mini street festival to mark the occasion. The Tara Gaon Development Board will be providing a 25 percent discount on breakfast, lunch and dinner at Fewa Restaurant, Pokhara Resort, Kakani Resort and Nagarkot Resort.

Similarly, all member hotels of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) will be providing free accommodation for four nights to five tourists chosen by a draw of lots. All the tourists will be offered a 25 percent discount on food on Sept 27. The Narayanhiti Durbar Museum has announced free entrance for the first two tourists , and the Tourist Guide Association of Nepal will be providing free half-day sightseeing at Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee will be issuing 20 percent discount coupons from all the tourist counters in Bhaktapur.

Meanwhile, the Royal Enfielders and the Chitwan Enfielders will be organizing Enfield motorcycle rides on the Dharan-Kakkarbhitta, Narayanghat-Lumbini-Sunauli and Kathmandu-Kodari routes. The Nepal Association of Rafting Agents has announced a 20 percent discount on rafting packages on the Trishuli and Bhote Koshi rivers on Sept 27.

Secretary of the Tourism Ministry Sushil Ghimire said the government was committed to launching new activities in the coming years apart from holding the traditional celebration of WTD. He added the government had started work to amend various tourism regulations and policies as they had become outdated.

source: ekantipur, 24 Sept 2013

Nepal gears up to celebrate World Tourism Day

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Monday unveiled series of program to celebrate 34th World Tourism Day with the aim to promote water tourism in Nepal.

World Tourism Day is observed every year on September 27 at the call of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The theme for this year´s celebration is ´Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future.´

Organizing a press meet in the capital, officials of NTB said that main objective of celebrating World Tourism Day this year is to explore ways to enhance tourism through available water resources in Nepal.

Speaking at the program, Subash Nirola, acting CEO of NTB, said tourism and water resources are two key sectors for national economy. “The celebration this year will focus on raising awareness among people on usability of water resources,” he added. Lauding the ongoing Bagmati River cleaning campaign, Nirola said existing water resources, including public taps, wells, rivers and water spouts, in the capital will be cleaned on the day.

“We will try to attract more tourists by promoting water tourism in Nepal,” he added. According to NTB, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) will organize rafting on Trishuli River on September 25 as part of its efforts to promote water tourism. Similarly, the association will organize clean up program and rafting on Trishuli and Bhotekoshi rivers on September 27. NARA will offer free rafting package to the first two rafters and 25 percent discount to all the rafters.

NTB together with different travel trade associations are also felicitating tourists entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport and other entry points on September 27. Similarly, member hotels of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) will provide 25 percent discount on food to all tourists.

Awareness rallies, clean up campaigns, bicycle rallies and street festival at Thamel will also be organized on September 27.Similarly, Kathmandu Metropolitan City will allow free entry to foreign tourists visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square on the day.

NTB has tied up with more than 27 travel trade associations and private firms to celebrate World Tourism Day. Speaking at the press meet, Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said tourism promotional programs should not focus on specific days alone. “We need to organize tourism promotional campaigns on regular interval,” added Ghimire.

source: republica, 23 Sept 2013

Nepal

World Tourism Day to be marked on Sept 27, preparations underway

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started preparations for celebrating the 34th World Tourism Day 2013, with various activities in coordination with various tourism agencies.

World Tourism Day is marked on September 27 every year throughout the globe. The global theme of this year’s WTD is ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future’.
In preparations for celebrating the WTD 2013, a meeting of tourism stakeholders was held in the capital on Friday.

Speaking at the meeting, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushil Ghimire said that the government has planned to celebrate this year WTD with innovative activities with broader participation of tourism stakeholders.
Secretary Ghimire said that this year’s global theme of WTD is relevant to Nepal as there is high potential of utilizing water resources of the country for the development of tourism.

He urged various tourism associations to come up with innovative programmes related to this years theme of WTD.

Subash Niraula, acting chief executive officer of NTB, said that NTB will focus on creative programmes for celebrating WTD.

He urged tourism associations to launch special package offers targeting domestic and international tourists on the occasion of WTD.

On the occasion, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) and Tourist Guide Association Nepal (TURGAN) expressed their commitments to introduce special offers targeting domestic and international tourists on the occasion of WTD.

Cleaning and conservation of traditional water sources and spouts of the Kathmandu Valley are planned to mark the day.

source: The Rising Nepal, 06 Sept 2013