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Visitors Arrival in March 2007 (by air only)

Visitors arriving by air route to Nepal during March 2007 witnessed another encouraging upsurge with 33.5% growth registered during the month compared to the last March. A total of 34,122 international visitors entered Nepal last month which comprised of 20% Indians and 80% non-Indians. This was stated in the figures provided today by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal.

Within the SAARC segment, Bangladesh jumped up by 74.8%, while in the other Asian segment towering growth came from China (121.8%), Malaysia (136.4%) and South Korea (98%). The Japanese arrivals also grew comfortably by 31.9% along with ROC Taiwan 34.3% while Singaporean arrivals fell down by 16.4%. Although the Indian visitors arrival dropped by 5.3%, rest of the countries arrival escalated by 48.6%.

Towering growth was observed from European markets too as it grew 58.2% average. Among the key contributors from the European segment were France (38.4%), Germany (74.2%) and UK (45.9%). Encouraging growth was registered from rest of the markets too like Belgium (110.3%), Israel (91%), Italy (51.5%), the Netherlands (42.3%), Switzerland (52.9%) and Spain (83.4%). The Norway (156.1%), Denmark (178.7%) and Sweden (72.2%) too showed higher growth rates. Positive trend continued from Australia (32.2%) as well as USA (36.9%) and Canada (131.3%).

The growth in arrivals is contributed by the improved air connectivity in the region on one hand and the growing confidence among the international trade and consumer towards the new era of peace and stability in Nepal on the other. This very encouraging rise in long haul markets especially from US and Europe attests this renewed interest in Nepal as a unique holiday destination.


Nepal Tourism Board Organised Sales Mission in China

In its bid to aggressively promote Nepal in the booming Chinese outbound tourism market, Nepal Tourism Board organized a Sales Mission in Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing between March 19 and 27 , 2007 in a close association with Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Air China. Actively participated in by the private sector travel trade industry, the first session of the mission in Chengdu was enthusiastically attended by more than 110 tour operators and media persons. Nepal Tourism Board made the Naturally Nepal multimedia presentation and Air China briefed the tour operators and media about the new flight schedules between Chengdu and Kathmandu and officials from the Ministry, and NTB answered the queries raised by the journalists and tour operators. The tailor-made Business to Business (B2B) session was organised following the presentation where the Nepalese tour operators interacted with their Chinese counterparts for business promotion and negotiation.

The second leg of the mission was held in Shanghai where Nepal Tourism Board hosted an appreciation dinner in honor of the prominent journalists and tour operators who have been supporting Nepal and NTB since Nepal received Approved Destination Status in 2001. Further, NTB and the private sector participants attended the World Travel Fair 2007, the only outbound travel fair in the People's Republic of China. The fair was organized from 22 to 25 of March, 2007 and most of the ADS country showcased their tourism products and services for the aspirant Chinese travelers. Visit Pokhara Year 2007 and the new tourism brand of Nepal "Naturally Nepal-Once is not enough" were the major highlights of the Nepal stand at the WTF 2007.A large number of trade visitors and consumers visited the Nepal stand at the fair and gathered information on Nepal.

The third sitting of the mission was held in the capital city of Beijing which was attended by significantly large number of Nepal selling tour operators, media persons, writers and Nepal lovers. During the program the Nepalese and Chinese tour operators appreciated Mr. Rajaram Bartaula, First Secretary at the Nepalese Embassy in Beijing for his assurance of prompt service delivery and all necessary cooperation required for tourism promotion in China on the their part.

Similarly, NTB organized gathering of the tour operators and media in Guangzhou, the commercial and industrial hub of South China on 29 March, 2007. More than 120 tour operators and journalists attended the function. Business-to-Business session followed the presentation by NTB.

The concluding leg of the mission was held in Lhasa on 30, March 2007 where Nepal Tourism Board hosted an appreciation dinner in honor of the tour operators and media based in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. Representative of Nepalese Consulate in Lhasa, Mr. Bharat Regmi, Consul, was also present in that occasion.

Since China relaxed the restrictions of overseas traveling to its citizens in the late 1990s, the Chinese outbound tourism market is growing by leaps and bounds. The accelerating economic growth supported by the strong domestic demand and exports have created an ever increasing demand of overseas travels among the Chinese citizens. In 2006 alone more than 34 million Chinese traveled overseas.

Although in comparison to the other destinations Nepal is receiving only a few numbers of tourists from this enormous tourism market. Tourist arrival statistics from China to Nepal in February 2007 showed an astonishing increase of 281%, compared to the same month in 2006. Lack of air links at the desired level has been one of the severe bottlenecks in the past. However, the new direct air link between Kathmandu and Guangzhou by China Southern Airlines and increased flight frequency of Air China between Kathmandu and Chengdu have enhanced the air connectivity between Nepal and China. According to the Air China Officials, Air China will operate four flights a week form Chengdu to Kathmandu via Lhasa, effective from March 29, 2007.

The Nepal delegation is headed by Mr. Ram Prasad Ghimire, Under Secretary- Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and comprised of Mr. Sagarmansingh Dangol, Under Secretary- Ministry of Finance, Mr. Kashi Raj Bhandari, Senior Officer-Nepal Tourism Board ,Mr. Jharendra Prasad Chapagain and Mr. Padam Narayan Shrestha, Section Officers - Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation,. Mr. Kishore Raj Pandey from Saathi Nepal Travels and Tours, Mr. Peter Ko from Arnkio Travels, Mr. Bishwesh Shrestha from C&K Nepal Travels and Mr. Mahadev Sharma from Peak Promotion Travels. B&B International, NTB's public relations representative in China is the coordinator of the Sales Mission.


Nepal participates MITT, enchants Russian visitors
Press Release
March 28, 2007


The 14th Moscow International Travel and Tourist Exhibition ( MITT) successfully ended on March 24, 2007 in Expocentr at Krasnaya Presnya, Moscow Russia with more than 40 thousand visitors inquiring about packages and discounts offered by different tour operators offering various destinations. Started from March 21, it was organized by the renowned Russian exhibition business company , The ITE.

Nepal's participation was made under the aegis of Nepal Tourism Board in close coordination with Nepalese Embassy in Moscow. Two Nepalese Private companies Avia Club Nepal Pvt. Ltd and South Asian Holidays Pvt. Ltd also took part in this fair as participants.

Nepal's participation in MITT exhibition provided Nepalese Travel Trade with an opportunity to obtain complete information on the market, get acquainted with the interest of the consumers, take professional opinions and personally interact with the leaders of the tourist industry.

The fair was participated in by more than 2700 companies from 110 different countries round the globe. Forum Pavilion featured international companies, hotels, airline companies and tourism departments from the South-Eastern Asia, Middle East and Africa.

The New Nepal's Tourism Brand identity "NATURALLY NEPAL Once is not enough" made special impression to the Russian tourists. The participation further polished the image of Nepal repositioning it as a premiere holiday destination in the Russian market.


Road Shows in Western India
Road Shows in Western India from 28 March to 4 April 2007

Greetings from Nepal Tourism Board !!


After successful participation at recently held Travel and Tourism Fair- Outbound Travel Mart in various cities , Nepal Tourism Board is now concentrating its marketing and promotional endeavors in other important metros to effectively position the new Nepal Brand by organizing Road Shows in Western India from 28 March to 4 April 2007.

The significant increase in Indian arrivals in the month of February 2007 has reflected the rising confidence of Indian visitors towards the destination and all of us should jointly make an effort to keep up the tempo of this continuous growth and also capitalize on the upcoming Indian Summer season.

The program is aimed to promote Nepal as a whole and project Pokhara as a destination of the year 2007 in line with the recently launched new promotion campaign-Visit Pokhara Year -2007, which is a part of New Nepal brand Naturally Nepal Once Is Not Enough.

Considering the growing outbound potential of these cities , it would be a good opportunity for Nepalese Travel Trade to maximize their business prospects through B2B session during the event through their active participation.

In this connection all tourism companies registered with Government of Nepal are encouraged to apply and participate. Attached please find the application form and details of the Road Show for your kind information. The participation fee for the road show is NPR 8000.00 ( NPR Eight Thousand Only) per company per city.

Duly filled up forms should be submitted to Accounts Unit, Corporate Department along with full participation fees by March 17, 2007. Maximum 5 companies participation shall be allowed on first come first served basis.

In case any more information is needed, please contact Ms. Ujjwala Dali- Manager ( udali@ntb.org.np) , Ms. Shradha Shrestha- Officer (sshrestha@ntb.org.np) or Mr.Jitendra Bhattarai (jbhattarai@ntb.org.np) at 4256909 Ext 116, 132, 202 respectively.

DETAILS OF WESTERN INDIA ROAD SHOW

MUMBAI-AHEMDABAD-BARODA-NAGPUR-PUNE
28th March- 4th April 2007

DATE: 28th March 2007
PLACE: MUMBAI
NAME OF THE HOTEL: KOHINOOR INTER CONTINENTAL
ADDRESS: Andheri-Kurala Road Andheri (East) Mumbai 400059
TIME: 1100-1300hrs followed by Lunch

DATE: 30th March 2007
PLACE: AHEMDABAD
NAME OF THE HOTEL: PRIDE HOTEL
ADDRESS: Judges Bungalow Road Off S. G. Road Ahmedabad 380054
TIME: 1100-1300hrs followed by Lunch

DATE: 31st March 2007
PLACE: BARODA
NAME OF THE HOTEL: SURYA PALACE
ADDRESS: Sayajigunj, Baroda
TIME: 1400-1600hrs followed by Hi. Tea

DATE: 2nd April 2007
PLACE: NAGPUR
NAME OF THE HOTEL: PRIDE HOTEL
ADDRESS: Opp. Airport Wardha Road Nagpur-440025
TIME: 1100-1300hrs followed by Lunch

DATE: 4th April 2007
PLACE: PUNE
NAME OF THE HOTEL: PRIDE HOTEL
ADDRESS: 5 University Road, Shivajinagar,Pune- 411005.
TIME: 1100-1300hrs followed by Lunch

 
     

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