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Lumbini welcomed 758k tourists in 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 2, 2013


BHAIRAHAWA: The number of tourists visiting the birth place of Lord Buddha during the Lumbini Visit Year 2012 grew by almost one-third compared to 2011, but still the arrivals fell short of the target set by the government by over 24 percent.

The government had announced that it would bring a total of one million tourists, both domestic and foreign, in Lumbini when it announced Lumbini Visit Year 2012 last year. But as the year ended on Monday, Lumbini Development Trust said a total of 758,269 tourists visited Lumbini in 2012. 

The majority of tourists visiting Lumbini were domestic visitors. “Though we couldn´t achieve the target, the campaign proved instrumental in promoting the destination,” Hari Dhwoj Rai, information officer of Lumbini Development Trust, told Republica.

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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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