The first SAARC Tour Operators Conclave was held in in New Delhi on July 06. The conclave saw the attendance of about 45 participants from eight countries of the region. During the event, representatives from Nepal, Afghanisatan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka made their presentations. Ways to promote travel within the region by removing entry barriers and effective promotion of tourist destinations and products in the SAARC region were the highlights of the discussions. As reported by PATA, SAARC region is emerging as the fastest growing in Asia and Pacific region
Reports show that the tiger population worldwide has declined from 100,000 to only 3,200 in one century. SAARC countries(Nepal, Bhutan, India & Bangladesh)are habitat for about 70 percent of the world’s tigers.Taking this into consideration Nepal is hosting a ministerial level meeting on tiger conservation in the SAARC region on the third week of August. Ministers from India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal will be discussing on issues related to tigers and provide inputs for the heads of state meeting on September in Russia.
At present Nepal has 121 adult breeding tigers.The Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has stepped up efforts to make the newly established Banke National Park and the neighboring Bardiya National Park in mid-west Nepal the biggest tiger habitat in the whole of Asia. Nepal has committed to double the number of tigers by 2022.
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has joined hands with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to launch a global campaign to double the world’s tiger population, paid a clandestine visit to Nepal’s Bardiya National Park this year, on the last week of May. According to a statement released by WWF, DiCaprio’s visit came as part of his travel to Asia with WWF experts to see the threats tigers face first-hand.