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The year is drawing to a close and NETIF would like to take this opportunity to wish all of ournfriends a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful and prosperous New Year. Thank you all for your support throughout 2010. We hope to see you all in 2011 and hope you enjoy the festive season.
Good Tidings from the NETIF Team
GET TO KNOW NETIF
Mr. Subash Kaji Shrestha
Drop by the office to get a copy of our 2010/2011 NETIF brochure.
Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail booklet is also now available from our office.
NETIF is also giving away Chisapani Panorama Posters to anyone that Visits our Office.
DISCOVER THE KVCTT – DHULIKHEL
Dhulikhel is one of the main overnight stops on the
KVCTT. Dhulikhel is a naturally and culturally rich destination for
tourists seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and an
ideal stop-off point on your way to the Tibetan Border. Straddling a
ridge with breathtaking views of the eastern Himalaya, the town is
easily accessed from Kathmandu by the Arniko Highway, now a modern road;
it was at one time an ancient trade route, with Dhulikhel being a main
trading hub between Kathmandu, Tibet and India. Dhulikhel offers many
Resorts and Hotels and makes a great overnight stop-off while trekking.
You can visit the Kali Temple at the top of the 1000 stairs or explore
the old bazaar and soak up the atmosphere of this place.
NETIF INCENTIVES- NTEODP A SELF FUNDING PROJECT IN THE FUTURE
NETIF’s ultimate plan is to hand over our NTEODP (Nepal Tourism, Environment and Outdoor Development Project) to the local communities. NETIF encourages hotel owners to practice sustainable tourism and also to be involved in social responsibility within their communinites.. The project, whose main aims where to establish the KVCTT to bring tourism into the area and allow local communities to set up small business enterprises in order to create a suitable income and to eliminate the need for villagers relying on things like tree cutting, which is environmentally destructive, for income. The aim was to establish clean, local communities which are environmentally aware, have proper means of waste management and the means to generate income from tourism and eco friendly farming practices. Eventually NETIF will phase out the project, leaving in place the infrastructure for the villagers to continue on themselves. In order to do so, the project needs an outside source of funding other than the funds contributed by NETIF. With this in mind and NETIF’s plans to phase out this project and move on to a new project in 2011, we have implemented the following incentives:-
Donations Boxes – Environment Support Fund
Green Coupon Program
ORANGE BLOSSOM & RURAL NEPAL DISCOVERY HIKE
NETIF arranged this promotional hiking event to help showcase the last section of the Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail and to promote Rural Tourism and Cultural and Environmental Preservation in areas of the Kathmandu Valley. This event covered the leg of the KVCTT from Namobuddha to Balthali, a three to four hour hike through the beautiful country side. The hike was attended by local people, Ex Pats, Press and Media Representatives, Nepal Tourism Board and Visit Nepal Year representatives as well as NETIF staff, guides from Kavre Guides Association and representatives from Dhulikhel Mountain Resort and BalthalI Village Resort. READ MORE....
OUR FINNISH FREINDS – HELPING WITH TOURISM ON THE KVCTT
NETIF receives funding from, and works in conjunction with the Finnish INGO Soumen Latu. Soumen Latu works in Finland for the promotion of outdoors and recreation as well as sustainable tourism. They have been funding NETIF's activities in Nepal for the last three years. But their help in promoting Nepal as a tourist destination goes much further. Every year, Soument Latu helps to arrange many groups which come out to Nepal for trekking along the KVCTT and other regions in Nepal. These groups get to experience Rural Nepal, our culture, hospitality and nature through visiting the KVCTT and also helping the local communities by bringing valuable income. The experience that visitors have in Nepal is important and by establishing the KVCTT as a world class sustainable tourism project, we can make a good impression on all visitors here who will then go home and help promote the trail and the wonderful time they had in Nepal by word of mouth.
SHIVAPUR NAGARJUN NATIONAL PARK ARRIVAL STATISTICS
Another NETIF success which goes to show all the work we are doing towards promotion of tourism in the National Park and along the KVCTT is paying off. Let’s hope we can keep it up in 2011 for visit Nepal Year. According to the figures released by the National Park, the 2009/10 period saw an increase of six times the amount of visitors from ten years ago, numbers have risen from 10,850 visitors in 1995 to 167,830 in 2009. More noticeably in the three years that NETIF has been working in the project area, entrants to the National Park has increased by more than 100%, up from 76,605 to 167,830, an increase of 91,225 visitors. The increase in visitors came from local people, pilgrims and international tourists. This news is a huge boost to NETIF and our promotional work for the NTEODP. This helps us show that we can turn the KCVTT into a viable tourism product for Visit Nepal Year 2011 and boost the future for sustainable tourism in Nepal.