Nepalese Embassy in Switzerland along with the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Switzerland, Swiss-Nepalese Society and the Nepali Social Concern Forum (NESCOF) organized a special programme in Bern, Switzerland, to mark the 5th International Mt. Sagarmatha/ Everest Day. Imapct of climate change in the Himalaya, sustainable mountain development agenda and mountain tourism were some of the issues discussed during the program. The program was attended by a large number of Swiss travel agents, tour operators, travel journalists, mountaineers and representatives of NRNA. Swiss mountaineers who had climbed Mt. Everest also shared their experiences. The program concluded with a Nepali cultural program and dinner where authentic Nepali cuisine was served.
Looks like the aggressive promotion of destination Nepal during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 is bearing fruit. Business in Nepal’s tourism sector is booming. While there has been a significant increase in the number of tourist arrivals, popularity of the country’s trekking and climbing adventures (for which Nepal is truly known the world over) is soaring. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, a total of 337 climbers from various countries have received permission to climb Mt. Everest this spring, as compared to 263 in spring 2011. A total of 32 expedition groups have received permit from the Nepalese government to climb Mt. Everest. These expeditions have made the government richer by Rs. 293.15 million (received as royalty from the expedition groups). Other 77 expeditions have received permits to climb other Nepalese peaks this spring.
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