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Exposing the top secrets of Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 27, 2012

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President launches Visit Lumbini Year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 15, 2012


The Visit Lumbini Year 2012 formally began on Saturday, with President Ram Baran Yadav inaugurating the campaign at the Central Canal in Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha.

“I declare 2012 as the Visit Lumbini Year and the end of the Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011,” said President Yadav, lighting a peace torch amid a programme attended by more than 5,000 people, diplomats, government officials and stakeholders.

During the VLY 2012, the government aims to attract 1 million tourists, half of them foreigners. About 600,000 tourists, including 129,000 foreigners, visited Lumbini in 2011.

President Yadav also launched ‘Vision 2020’, a tourism perspective plan. The plan aims to bring in 2 million foreign tourists annually by 2020 to augment economic opportunities and increase employment in the tourism sector to 1 million.

Given religious pilgrimage becoming a key component of tourism activity in Nepal, the government aims to promote tourism through the birth place of revered Lord Buddha, and give global recognition to Lumbini through the VLY. “The declaration of VLY is to convey Buddha’s message of peace to the world,” said the President. “The objective of the VLY is also to encourage Nepalis through Buddha’s message of peace for timely drafting of the constitution,” he added, urging all to help make the event a success. Read the rest of this entry »

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