Nepal Sales Mission in Chandigarh
The Voice of Chandigarh News: Travel Trade Reporter
Nepal Tourism Board, the National Tourism Organisation (NTO) of Government of Nepal, is organising Nepal Sales Mission-2020, a B2B event in 9 Indian cities from January 6 to February 1, 2020. The event starts on January 6 in Amritsar and will travel to Indian cities of Chandigarh, Jaipur, Indore, Surat, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum and Kochi. The sales mission aims to bring all the travel trade partners together to update various destination of Nepal and educate regarding the recent developments in Nepalese tourism. The event is expected to be of great interest to Indian clientele and allow them to explore the opportunities that lie within. The main focus of this sales mission is to reconnect the travel industry of Nepal to the Indian travel trade with reinforced energy and new strategy towards bilateral growth and development of tourism so as to benefit travel industry of both the countries.
The Nepalese delegation is led by Lila Bahadur Baniya, Officiating Director, Nepal Tourism Board along with Robin Regmi, Officer-India & South Asia Unit. The delegation has 9 private companies/DMCs representatives and is looking forward to interacting with agents and media persons from each of the 9 cities.
The sales mission is important for Nepal as Nepal is celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020 with an objective to bring 2 million tourists to Nepal. The Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY-2020) campaign was formally launched on January 1, 2020 by Rt. Hon. President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari. The inauguration ceremony was organised in presence of Tourism Ministers and delegates of 13 different countries including Minister for Tourism of India, Hon. Prahlad Singh Patel. One of the major objectives of this VNY campaign is to give lifetime experience to the visitors in Nepal through different activities and events, opening up new tourist destinations for travellers.
According to the data of 2019, the tourist arrivals from India (by air) were 143,870 (till Oct’2019) with a 10 per cent increase in comparison to the same period during last year. The total international arrivals were 975,557 (till Oct’2019) whereas the total arrivals of 2018 in the same period were 903,539 and 2018 saw a total arrival of 1,173,072. India has always been the No. 1 source market for Nepal and apart from air travellers, Nepal gets a huge flow of Indian travellers through land routes. A study by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal shows over one million Indian travellers entering Nepal through land routes.
It is commendable to mention the incredible support and positive response that Nepal has received from the international community. Just recently Lonely Planet has listed Kathmandu in Ten Cities to visit in 2019. It has been very encouraging for Nepal’s tourism industry to have received Kathmandu among the top 25 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. Similarly, an American travel magazine “Worlds’ Most Amazing Cities” have listed Kathmandu as one of the amazing city to see in ones’ lifetime in 2019. The National Geographic Magazine has listed Annapurna Region, Nepal (Ranked 18) as one of the 100 unforgettable destinations in the world in 2018. Similarly, National Geographic placed Pokhara on the Best Spring Trips 2017 and ranked Nepal the Number 5 country to visit in 2017.
Nepal has been a soul-cleansing destination for travellers all over the world. History is a testimony to the fact that the jungles and the Himalayas of Nepal since the Vedic times have been revered as the abode and meditation sites of gods and sages. It was from Janakpur here in Nepal, King Janak, the father of Sita, ruled his kingdom. Legend has it that the Lava and Kush had their ashram in the Jungles of Chitwan, Nepal. It was in the mountains of Nepal- the Gauri Shankar- Lord Shiva spent their days in blissful meditation and has been revered to as a very popular holy mountain of Nepal. On the way to Kathmandu is the Manakamana temple- of a wish fulfilling goddess, equally popular among the Indians as is with the Nepalese. There is a popular belief prevalent among the Hindus that visit these sacred sites will ensure a prosperous earthly life and a rewarding afterlife. Muktinath in Mustang district is a popular destination for Indian pilgrims. Gosaikunda, Halesimahadev, Swargadwari, Pathivara are Barahachettra are few prominent pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Doleswore Mahadev is another prominent temple located in the outskirts of Kathmandu city that is believed to be linked with Kedarnath of India.
The cultural richness matches its unique landscape. This is a country with profound national and ethnic pride, an astounding flair for festivals and pageantry and a powerful attachment to traditional ways. Many of Nepal’s most interesting and seldom-visited attractions are scattered like pearls around the dense hills of central Nepal.
Many hill stations in Nepal can be reached within one hour from Nepal-India border. So these places are the best way to escape the scorching heat of plains of India. Since Nepal is a value for money destination for India tourists due to currency advantage, they can enjoy the pristine beauty of Nepal in cold weather with their family and friends. Visa-free entry, convertibility and acceptability of Indian currency are few added advantages for Indians travelling to Nepal. But voter ID card issued by the Government of India or passport is required while travelling to Nepal.
However, visa and master card of Indian banks are widely accepted throughout Nepal and money can be drawn from any ATM in Nepal. Apart from this, food habits, language, religious faith and spiritual values are a few common areas where India and Nepal have been benefitting down the ages. While being so close to India culturally, Nepal also has its district identity, which is very different from the Indian culture. So, this interesting mix of similarities and differences make Nepal a very popular destination for Indians because while Nepal makes them feel “at home”, it also gives them an exceptionally unique experience. Nepal offers different types of accommodation for visitors which includes homestay to luxury 5 star and boutique hotels. Some of the international brand operating in Nepal area Crown Plaza, Hyatt, Radisson, Marriott, Aloft, Taj, Vivanta and The Fern. Some other renowned chain hotel is expected to start their services in Nepal by the year 2020 that includes Hilton, Sheraton, DoubleTree, Dusit-Thani and more There is good air connectivity between Kathmandu and Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Varanasi. Apart from this, there is a direct tourist coach between Kathmandu-Pokhara and Delhi and Varanasi. Indian vehicles can obtain a road permit to enter Nepal from the Nepalese side of the border. As far as land is concerned Indian tourist can enter from a different entry point of Nepal and popular entry points are Banbasa, Gauriphanta, Rupaidiya, Sunauli, Raxul and Siliguri