Impact in Tourism Industry

Coronavirus fear grips to tourism sector in Nepal

Recent coronavirus outbreak in China has alarmed the tourism sector in Nepal.

The virus has already entered Nepal and could spread further. It could render a serious blow to the tourism industry, among other sectors. Therefore, we need to take strong measures against the disease.

Health check-up desks for foreigners should be set up not only at the airports but also along the Nepal-India border.

Tourists have already started cancelling hotel bookings.

The outbreak first seen in Chinese Wuhan city has already been seen in Nepal as well.

Homestay in Nepal

Best Homestay destination in Nepal

Ghale Ghaun homestay:
It is another prodigious home stay in Nepal which is very famous. This village is a Gurung settlement with its ethnic culture preserved.

You can taste local dal, rice, and meat of Local chicken and local drink. You can also learn their language and culture. Ghale Ghaun is about an hour drive from Besisahar. Besisahar is 6 hours drive from the capital.

Ghandruk homestay:
You must have heard this name earlier. It’s a beautiful village in the hilltop of Kaski. Well, I won’t say it’s close to Pokhara, it’s about 4 hours of drive from the valley. But the time is worth to spend a night in Ghandruk. You can get a private or public vehicle to the place.

Balthali Village homestay:
Balthali is 40 Km away from Kathmandu. This small sleepy settlement rests at the junction of Ladku Khola and Roshi. Balthali Village is a perfect place for isolation and relaxation. You will be surrounded by the typical Nepali countryside with ochre thatched farmhouses and terraced rice fields. You can witness the snowy peaks of Langtang, Dorjee Lhakpa, and other mountain ranges.

Panauti Homestay:
Located just 32 kilometers from the capital, Panauti is a prodigious place to spend a night. It is probably the closest one from the valley, yet very beautiful. Panauti is a Newar settlement that reflects the typical culture of Nepal. And if you are lucky, you might be celebrating one of their festivals.

Sirubari village homestay:
The Sirubari Village is a perfect place for visitors for the first-hand experience in villages of Nepal. It’s a pristine Gurung village in Syangja district of Nepal. A short drive and walk from Pokhara lead us to Sirubari.


International Volunteers Day being observed in Nepal

With volunteering becoming more popular around the world, opportunities in every sector are becoming available in Nepal.

With countless opportunities, people find it difficult to know where to start looking and how to get involved. While starting the process, it is important to remember that volunteering can take many different forms. It can range from a single event or act of kindness to even a long-term participation. The best way to get involved, is join a friend that is already volunteering, or get a group of friends together and volunteer for a day.

This year’s event is being organized by volunteer organizations working throughout Nepal.

Awareness booths for sharing on volunteerism have been setup in Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur, according to the UN Information Center.

A collaborative event at Tribhuvan University in Kirtipur has been organized to raise awareness of volunteerism. The event is being run simultaneously with a blood donation, volunteer information booth and an “equalizer photo” event.

With events happening all over Kathmandu Valley, UNV in collaboration of other organizations, has mobilized over 100 volunteers in the following locations: Basantapur, Boudha, Exhibition Road, Jawalakhel chowk (in front of the zoo), Patan Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Kamal Binayak. These events are being held from 11:00 to 3:00 pm today with an aim to provide opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills, the UN Information Centre stated.


Heavy snow hampers search for missing trekkers in Annapurna region

Search for four South Korean trekkers, three Nepali guides continues days after avalanche hits Mount Annapurna trail.

Special army and government rescue personnel have intensified their search for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides who went missing after an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal’s mountains.

All other trekkers who were in the area where the avalanche swept the Mount Annapurna trekking trail about 150km (90 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu on Friday have been safely rescued and flown to safer areas

Tourism and Training

5,000 people to be given tourism training

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has planned to conduct tourism training targeting 5,000 people in view of the Nepal Visit Year (2020).

As said by the Board, the training aims to promote the Visit Year, contributing to realise the goal of welcoming two million tourists during the period. Training for taxi and tourist vehicle drivers, home stay operation training in villages, nature guides, Chinese and Russian language, trekking guides, mountain leaders and local tours training will be given to such a number of people who will contribute to making the Year successful.

Likewise immigration service, primary treatment for tourists, Nepali handicrafts making skill, sanitation and health practices, capacity enhancement, proper management and promotion of tourism business, women-focused tourism business and digital marketing and production will be covered by the training package.

Board manager Santosh Kumar Ghimire said those people will represent several tourism-related organisations. The Board has allocated Rs 20 million to conduct the Visit Nepal Year promotional training, but it is, as said by Ghimire, is insufficient. The Board has planned to come up with other sorts of tourism promotional programmes in coordination with the local levels.

Similarly, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is preparing to provide additional 5,000 human resources with tourism training.

International Ticketing

International Airlines Currently Operation in Nepal

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