Nepal mulls tenancy Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies

Nepal is considering a plan to tenancy Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies, an official said on Tuesday, in a bid to ease traffic on Mount Everest and help jump start the economy.

The project would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open, in an attempt to lure climbers away from the main draw card of Everest amid fears of congestion.

It is one of several new measures, including lower mountaineering fees, designed to impress more climbers to the impoverished country, which counts tourism as a key income earner.

“We have begun discussion on leasing unclimbed peaks to the private sector, to promote these mountains as new tourism products,” Mohan Krishna Sapkota, delegate for the tourism ministry said.

“We are open to both Nepalese and foreign private companies…we are confident that if the plan goes ahead, it will generate revenues for Nepal,” Sapkota told AFP.

He declined to say when the government would implement the program, adding that the finance and tourism ministries were discussing the number of peaks that could be included and the length of tenancy.

Mir Statement : Tourism now is people’s movement in J&K

The Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department was recently felicitated at the National Tourism Awards 2012-13 in the category Best State – complete Development of Tourism. On its way for renew and take tourism back to its glorious days in Jammu & Kashmir, the state government has concentrate on creating well spread out infrastructure. As per Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Tourism Minister, Jammu & Kashmir there will be enough infrastructure in place to support all tourist sectors round the year.

“We are happy to share that J&K is registering a record number of domestic and international leisure tourists. The misconception that many people had on the non conducive environment prevalent in J&K to support tourism has dwindled away. Today, J&K offers a better environment than Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, or any other leading tourist destination in India,” statement Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

The Terrorism change that has been brought about and creates a welcoming environment in Jammu & Kashmir is result of a new people’s movement, said Mir. The policymakers, political parties and citizens, he added, very well recognize the importance of tourism in the state and are eager to contribute to make the state a tourist’s paradise.

According to Mir, the infrastructure being created on the ground across the various travel attractions speaks volumes about the commitment of the state to develop tourism. “For the second year running, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has valued and appreciated our work done by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department by conferring it with the National Tourism Award for the year 2012-13 as the best state for comprehensive development of tourism. We are also thankful to the centre for providing us the support for undertaking strategic tourism projects. One of the major reasons for having won the NTA 2013-14 has been our ability to complete CFA Schemes within the stipulated time, and also put in place mechanisms to monitor the progress of these projects,” he added.

The list of new ideas in the state of J&K is long, explained Mir. The Tourism department has introduced important projects such as the Nagar Mega Heritage Tourist Circuit, Tourist City Centre at Srinagar and also introduced niche activities such as Paragliding and Yachting to add new dimensions to the adventure segment. The Jammu & Kashmir Cable Car Corporation also commissioned a new lift at Makhdoom Sahib Shrine, Srinagar besides installing Ski Chairlift at Kongdori – Gulmarg for encouraging skiing in International Market.

The state of J&K has also successfully conducted development activities in potential markets such as South East Asia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, Russia and Central Asian Countries of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and others, Mir pointed out.

On the very excessive increase in air prices in the peak season, Mir said the situation is being monitored. “We are clearly dedicated to make J&K a round-the-year destination so that air prices are reasonable during the year. We will not hesitate to even introduce a maximum cap on the peak season air tariff, if the need be,” Mir concluded.

Malaysia Tourism Award for Best Foreign Tour wins Kuoni-SOTC


Kuoni-SOTC was called Best Foreign Tour Operator – South Asia by Malaysian Tourism at the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012 & 2013. The Award function took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently, as per a release. The Awards identify and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the success of the Malaysia’s tourism industry.

On getting the award Rajeev Wagle (Managing Director, Kuoni India), said, “It is indeed an honour to receive the Award. This Award is recognition of the relentless work of Kuoni-SOTC towards promoting tourism in Malaysia. As a company we have always collaborated closely with Tourism Malaysia to create cutting-edge products and superlative holiday experiences for our customers. The Award enables us to continue to strive for the highest level of service and product quality.”

Japan to loan Peru US$37 million for tourism Improvment


This The japanese Global Cohesiveness Organization (JICA) has granted US$ 37 million towards local govt involving Amazonas, throughout upper Peru, to develop and also put into action a wide tourist hallway in the Utcubamba Valley, it absolutely was claimed Saturday.

Noriji Sakakura, JICA’s rep to be able to Peru, Noriji Sakakura, stated the aforementioned project requires the actual enactment of seven vacationer paths in the north location good large and rich choice of ethnical and pure means viewable with the new points of interest in the Chachapoyas traditions.

Your challenge end is a result of course above 36 months as a result of January 2017 in addition to ideas to back up the actual advancement regarding communities across the two significant tourist areas in your neighborhood which can be the actual Kuelap Fortress along with the Gocta Waterfall.

“The projects embraces the construction of roads and the enhancing of archaeological/tourist sites and waste disposal facilities for taking care of the environment,” he said to Andina news agency.

Also, your project will tackle your institutional strengthening involving regional health systems for an increased managing involving visitor means across the Utcubamba Area, as a result adding to your inclusive outlying financial and interpersonal advancement in your neighborhood.

Furthermore, Sakakura famous the cohesiveness company powerfully sustains the nomination with the Amazing Kuelap Archaeological Intricate because of its introduction to the Globe Traditions Internet site Record.

Tourism’s Glamour side

Global travel will be escalating daily, and also one of many essential well-known factors will be video shootings. It is just a developing trend amid vacation goers to visit renowned places where motion pictures are shot. Even this travel forums are which include particular strategies and also tax reliefs to improve this video launches inside their respected countries, which in turn draws in holidaymakers.

Joachim Holte, main marketing and advertising police officer, Wego, stated, “As prophecies associated with global travel increase springs up towards best degrees ever sold, filmmakers subscribe to travel bodies to increase this result a new film’s spot is wearing today’s much more exciting vacation goers. ”

“Today’s traveler attempts inspiration and also special activities; places that explain to a tale and also get this creativeness. Equally destination internet marketers and also filmmakers get acknowledged that film-induced travel makes a new mutually helpful advertising and also caters to this developing desire associated with vacation goers seeking out the harder uncommon places and also activities, “he additional.

Picture and also television could of curiosity this need to visit the placement they were filmed in. Within a current customer survey, several Hawaiian vacation goers specified Big apple and also European union seeing that the dream Xmas places, encouraged by means of video classics. An incredible case in point will be New Zealand who have successfully leveraged the normal treasures because the history towards Adept in the Wedding rings and also Hobbit movies.

Holte stated, “It moves further than using egoistic and also lounging for a passing fancy expand associated with yellow sand that Leonardo Dicaprio produced renowned upon Phi Phi Isle in Thailand. Picture communicates observations in a country’s heritage and also lifestyle by means of emotionally attaching with an crowd, and it is much more successful than any stand-alone destination marketing and advertising advertisements. ”

Braveheart will be caused by get brought about a new more than two hundred per cent boost in visitation to be able to Scotland in the 12 several weeks adopting the generate associated with Mel Gibson’s world famous. The particular The queen’s Hotel in Amersham, Great britain in whose Courtyard Selection ended up being highlighted in Some Marriages as well as a Memorial ended up being fully reserved for four years adopting the generate in the video. Leonardo diCaprio’s video, ‘The Beach’, ended up being considered accountable for a new 22 per cent boost in youth industry trips to be able to Thailand.

Maharashtra cashes in on activism to Start social tourism

Cultural activism may be the flavor of the year and also Maharashtra tourism is trying to make the most of the item. Visitors visiting the actual developed express will certainly before long get to be able to go to places built popular by simply people similar to Anna Hazare, Vinoba Bhave, Baba Amte, Dr Kalbag and a few other people.

“We get identified 6 places linked with sociable activists from the point out and also have received the agree to allow for visitors to see the particular towns along with amenities they’ve suitable for the particular welfare of the folks. A manifestation involving attention will probably be floated to name an owner to be able to carry out the particular expedition. They’re going to complete the particular itinerary. Your tours need to be started in 3 months, explained Kishori Gadre, normal director, Maharashtra Travel and leisure Growth Firm (MTDC), with a route show structured inside Chennai about Wednesday.

Holidaymakers are going to be taken on the excursion of Ralegaon Siddhi of Anna Hazare, Vigyan Ashram, a new farm knowledge task set up through Medical professional Kalbag, an orphanage run through Sindhutai Sabkar on Pune, Hiware Bazar town, which includes already been altered through Popatrao Baguji Pawar, along with the ashrams set up through Baba Amte along with Vinoba Bhave.

The actual MTDC street demonstrates will be directed at bringing in holidaymakers from the state. The organization can also be intending to advertise caves in Maharashtra, such as Ajanta, between holidaymakers in Tamil nadu. “We have 80% of the caves near you and 80% of the migratory birds that stop by The indian subcontinent arrived at the state. Many of us are trying to advertise different destinations,” She said.

A New Pacific Regional Tourism Policy For The Region

Tourism in Pacific Island Countries is anticipated to receive a encourage with the completion and soon to be launched regional tourism strategy.

The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) is into the last lap of country consultations through workshops and stakeholder discussions at a regional level to seek trustable feedback on the first draft of a new overarching Pacific Regional Tourism Strategy (RTS) for the five-year period from 2015-2019.

The series of consultations will include public and private sector stakeholders in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islands between 25th of February to the 12th of March.

SPTO CEO Ilisoni Vuidreketi Statement, the intention is to Design an updated medium-term strategic framework to guide the industry in developing and implementing particular action plans at a regional level.

“This strategy we believe will correspond to prioritized regional needs and enjoy the greatest degree of support and ownership among tourism stakeholders,” Ilisoni Vuidreketi said.

Vuidreketi said the proposed RTS is envisaged as a high-level strategic planning exercise that will identify and precedence an integrated series of regional Efforts for the development and promotion of the tourism sector for the Pacific region.

“The new RTS will build on the 2003-2013 RTS and its 2006 Review, but also take into account current national tourism strategies and research studies undertaken in the intervening period as well as notably any national strategies being carried out under the ongoing PRTCBP,” Vuidreketi said.

He adds the new RTS will cover the five-year period 2015-2019 and will be developed in close consultation with all The South Pacific Tourism Organization members and industry stakeholders in the region, so as to ensure the world wide possible buy-in and support.

This project will be carried out within the framework of the Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP), which is field of finance by the European Union under the 10th EDF and implemented by the The South Pacific Tourism Organization.

New Zealand Looks China’s Tourism Market

In a fashionable interview with People’s Daily Online last Sunday, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said that his country looks forward to enlarge its share of the Chinese tourism market.

“I think it is true some 50 million foreign trips are made by Chinese people every year, or a similar figure, and that number has probably grown since I last looked at the data; we look forward to taking our share of that business,” Groser said, speaking of the increase in vacationer numbers from China to New Zealand.

Statistics of New Zealand’s Ministry of Business released on February, a total of 228,928 visits were made by Chinese tourists (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) to New Zealand in 2013, a 16 percent growth from last year, contributing an expenses of $732 million, or 7 % more than in 2012.

The trade minister statement, “The number of flights between China and New Zealand keeps growing, and we want to put forward attractive offers to the Chinese people”.

When asked how the new appreciation of the New Zealand dollar would affect New Zealand’s good looks to Chinese tourists, Groser explained that the increase in value of the New Zealand currency reflects faith in the country’s economy.

“Right now we’re the quickest growing developed country in the world, when many of the developed economies are going through severe structural problems. The appreciation of the New Zealand dollar will crash on our competitiveness in all aspects, including tourism; New Zealand is not a cheap country, but it’s by no means a high-cost country either,” Groser said.

West Bengal Decide to promote Village Tourism in areas around Digha


The Western world Bengal (WB) authorities can be likely to advertise Whole village Vacation outside of Digha to be able to catch the attention of every day and foreign travelers, per a TOI record. The primary Minister’s Company (CMO) and Point out Vacation Department provides directed the neighborhood government and Digha Sankarpur Progress Power (DSDA) to prepare expose Task Document (DPR) for a Whole village Vacation venture around Digha.

The reason will be to create eco-friendly Farm Travel and leisure clusters within seaside communities associated with Ramnagar We prohibit around Digha under the PPP design. These kind of clusters will have tents along with modest will get cottages using roofs associated with hay. Modern facilities, including western toilets along with showers, is a advantage for these types of huts. Because the area comes from the Resort Legislations Zone (CRZ), zero cement construction will likely be permitted at this time there.

The objective region is actually Padima We along with communities similar to Chandpur along with Badhia. The particular venture aspires to take holidaymakers to help places beyond Digha much like the excellent Tajpur beachfront, which acquired electrical power just ever before. CRZ principles will likely be strictly unplaned within Tajpur. “We include commenced working on the DPR along with desire to post the idea soon, ” said Tamojit Chakraborty, BDO, Ramnagar We. A new review has already been performed.

The Rs 25 crore project aims at giving something innovative to tourists, said Soumen Pal, CEO, DSDA. DSDA is providing assistance to the local administration in preparing the DPR. Tourists can experience credible village culture, watch local craftsmen and women make conch shells, wall-hangings, lampshades and bangles from seashells, enjoy the attractiveness of ‘jhau’ or tamarisk forests and beaches.

DSDA also plans to develop tourism beyond Digha, said Pal. It has decided to build a 7-km road between Digha and Sankarpur, reducing the distance between the 2 spots for tourists who now have to take a 20km roundabout route. Mud huts with modern facilities will come up on either side of the road. A crocodile park along this route is also planned. DSDA, said Pal, is also awaiting the Defense Ministry’s nod on the application for a ropeway connecting Digha and Sankarpur.

Tourism Council of Bhutan Encouraging the country as high-Level luxury destination

Tourism Council of Bhutan, the government body responsible for marketing, promotion, planning, regulating and monitoring tourism in Bhutan, recently conducted 3-city road show in India, which Described on showcasing the country as a high-end luxury destination. The road show that was held in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata saw contribution of 9 suppliers including tours operators, hotels and Drukair (only in Mumbai).

Damcho Rinzin, (Manager,Promotion Division, Tourism Council of Bhutan), said, “Bhutan is often a mystical nation along with a safe and sound getaway. Of india is the best supply market regarding Bhutan then north america, Cina, Asia in addition to Germany. A lot of the holidaymakers by Of india check out Western Bhutan. This past year Bhutan been given 116, 224 holidaymakers that all around 50, 000 were Indians. The normal duration of stay connected with Indians is 3 to 5 night time. Of india is often a high-potential market for individuals in addition to we’re still to help tap into this fully. We’d like this correct type of passenger in the future to our getaway; those people who are very well journeyed and also have an awareness of connected with liability. We’d like to address durability with the getaway. The battle while endorsing this getaway with Of india gets the correct message connected with individuals.”

Talking about the development  activities, Rinzin said, “We are operating tightly along with journey buy and sell and mass media in promoting this desired destination. Many of us will probably take part in buy and sell gatherings, are going to be lively about web 2 . 0, conduct website marketing and send updates to create understanding around the desired destination.”