Nepal Unveils Buddhist Circuits To Chinese Tour Operators

THT Online, July 8, 2006

Kathmandu, Nepal -- The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) in cooperation with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has unveiled Buddhist circuits to Chinese tour operators amid a programme in Beijing, on July 5.

According to a press release issued here by the NTB, the programme was attended by over 140 tour operators and media personnel, in which Nepali delegation disseminated latest tourism information and situation updates of the country as well as launched the new Nepal brand 'Naturally Nepal - Once is not enough' to Chinese travel trade personalities.

Govinda P Pandey, secretary at MoCTCA said that peace has now prevailed in Nepal. He also explained that Lord Buddha told his disciples to visit four places that hold importance in his lifetime including Lumbini, his birthplace.

Pandey said the government is in process of preparing and comprehending new tourism policy and masterplan for guiding Nepal's tourism development and marketing. He assured them of Nepali hospitality, which is world-renowned. "Nepal would not leave any stone unturned to make their visit memorable and pleasurable," he added.

Suresh Pradhan, charge d’affaires at the Nepal embassy dwelled on the various tourism attractions of Nepal and requested all to contact the embassy for information or assistance to visit the Nepal.

KB Poudel, acting managing director of Nepal Airlines Corporation said that Nepal is connected to China via Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangkok. He also assured them of additional flights, if the demand is created. "Special packages would be developed in consultation with the travel trade entrepreneurs in Nepal and China," he said.

Binay Prakash Shrestha, director at the NTB said that Nepal is a perfect gateway for the Chinese tourists offering pilgrimage, numerous adventures, cultural and natural attractions. He shed light on the new Nepal Brand 'Naturally Nepal-Once is not enough' recently developed by NTB for comprehensive marketing of Nepal.

Bikrum Pandey, a private sector representative, presented in detail the various Buddhist circuits in Nepal and its significance to Buddhist followers.