FDI pledges from China in Nepal’s tourism sector amounts Rs 5.35 billion in the first two months of the current fiscal year

KATHMANDU, Sept. 24 — Foreign direct investments (FDI) worth around Rs 5.50 billion has been pledged in tourism businesses of Nepal in the first two months of the current fiscal year. This positive development comes even as this sector is hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic effect.

According to the Department of Industry, the FDI commitment in the tourism sector that Nepal received during mid-July and mid-September is almost similar to that of the review period last year.

Of the total amount pledged in tourism, Chinese investors looked for pouring Rs 5.35 billion, largest of all. They have proposed to open 30 hotels and restaurants and to provide jobs to 618 people.

China has been topping in FDI pledges to Nepal, particularly in the tourism businesses, for the last few years. With an increasing number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal in the recent year, the investors from northern neighbors

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Hong Kong tourism industry pleads with government to restart travel, with Shenzhen trips first on list

a view of a city: Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong’s return to leisure travel should start with neighbouring parts of mainland China once a retreat of Covid-19 allows borders to reopen, according to a top tourism official in the city.

Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat said its aim was for travel in both directions to resume first with the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, before restoring links with Guangzhou and further expanding into the Greater Bay Area, an economic zone comprising Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong province.

To encourage spending and travelling, the board is also putting together offers, including Cathay Pacific Airways’ giveaway of 500,000 flight tickets, through a planned online platform called Open House Hong Kong. A relaunched Hello Hong Kong programme would further offer

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Stats paint a bleak picture of Yukon tourism this year

a snow covered mountain: International border crossings into Yukon between April and June were down 97 per cent compared to the same time last year.

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International border crossings into Yukon between April and June were down 97 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The latest numbers are in and show few surprises — the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on tourism in Yukon.

“There’s virtually no sector of tourism or segment of the tourism industry that hasn’t been impacted by COVID,” said Pierre Germain, director of tourism with the Yukon government. 

“It’s decimated here in the territory, and is decimated across the country.”

A report released by the territorial government this week looks at visitation numbers for the first half of 2020, including how many people arrived by air or crossed the border into Yukon and stayed at least one night in the territory.

The data show just how bad things have been for local businesses. Comparing the new second-quarter (April to June) figures to those from

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Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The tourism in Louisiana has taken a large hit from COVID-19.

Billy Nungesser standing in front of a brick building: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

According to a report by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office, the impacts from the coronavirus were large. The state lost more than $2.5 billion just from tourism alone, which led to 109,000 jobs lost in the industry.

In Baton Rouge, this problem is compounded by limiting attendance at LSU football games to just 25% of Tiger Stadium’s capacity, according to Nungesser. That means fewer people will be staying in Baton Rouge hotels and spending money in the state’s capital city.

“We feel that until we can fill up the stadium again with events, small or large, we’re doing bike races, all kinds of things to get people to stay in hotels, shop at local businesses and support the economy here,” Nungesser said. “We’re trying

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Tourism agency seeks to spread dunes story | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

Those visitors are inspiring, Weimer said. A couple became engaged on the trail. A 90-year-old woman completed it. A man carried his dying dog on the trail for a last big outing. A transplant patient climbed the dunes. A young boy who was on the trail put the new T-shirt over the one he was already wearing and hopped around the visitor center in his glee.

“Those are the things that get you excited,” Weimer said.

Her agency has developed a series of trails to get visitors to “knock of the sand and go out into the communities” to explore what else Porter County has to offer.

Now it’s working on a Native American trail at the visitor center to highlight the Region’s past, taking the story into the future with messages of sustainability, culture and more.

Weimer said she met with a Native American woman in her office at

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Pre-travel testing program to start Oct. 15, key step in rebooting Hawaii’s tourism

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – After being delayed for months, a much-touted pre-travel testing program that authorities say is a key step in rebooting the tourism industry will be launched Oct. 15, allowing trans-Pacific visitors to forgo a 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19.

a large body of water: Photo of a quiet Waikiki taken on the morning of July 14, 2020.

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Photo of a quiet Waikiki taken on the morning of July 14, 2020.

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How pandemic could affect NH’s fall, winter tourism | Travel

As New Hampshire enters the foliage season, the “majority” of leaf-peeping bus tours have been canceled or postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s tourism chief said Monday.

It’s “too early to know the economic impact” of the cancellations/postponements, Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development, said during a virtual roundtable discussion organized by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Travel and Tourism is doing its best to get out the message that it’s safe to visit New Hampshire as well as promoting a “leave-no-trace” campaign, Harnois said.

Paula Kinney of the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce said that in Berlin and into the upper reaches of Coos County, which is crisscrossed with ATV trails, “we’re having trouble with people coming here.”

“They are just kind of trashing the place. A lot of rude people,” Kinney told the group, which also included Jessyca Keeler,

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TPB to launch motorcycle tourism program in November

MANILA, Philippines — The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is set to launch a program targeted on motorcycle tourism later this year. The program will feature some of the country’s remote areas of tourism interest.

In a post on its Facebook page, the TPB said it would bring its Moto Tourism (Motourismo) caravan to various parts of the country starting November.

“Through its partnership with DOT and various motorcycle clubs and associations in the Philippines, the Moto Tourism (Motourismo) caravan will feature the country’s main island groupings – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” the TPB said.

It said the event would be both an on-road and off-road ride through the Philippines’ remote areas of tourism interest.

“Riders will not only have a chance to test out their motorcycles, but also immerse themselves through their short stay with the local communities,” the

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Corona India and Thrillophilia Unveils the ‘Rediscover Paradise’ Program to Boost Local Tourism

– Inspires Consumers to Explore the Outdoors with care to boost local tourism

MUMBAI, India, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In its quest to get the world back outside when it is safe to travel and explore nature, Corona and Thrillophilia partner to launch ‘Rediscover Paradise‘ program to boost local tourism. The initiative aims at promoting local tourism by offering exciting deals to encourage consumers through a book now, travel when safe platform, while also providing financial aid to the struggling travel and tourism industry. 

In the initial stage of this campaign, Corona has also pre-purchased rooms at independently run homestays and resorts that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic, around Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, thus offering some immediate financial relief. Corona globally pledged to provide aid to over 1000 hotels across the world with over 14,000 hotel room bookings.

Commenting on this launch,

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NH virus updates: Fall tourism and latest numbers for state, UNH and Durham – News –

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development is emphasizing that visitors to the state this fall “Know Before You Go” online with regard to coronavirus-related requirements and restrictions.

Visitors can educate themselves while looking at the fall foliage tracker and at suggested scenic drives in the state, Lori Harnois, director of the division, said during a meeting on fall tourism hosted by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on Monday.

Another campaign in the works is “Leave No Trace” to honor New Hampshire’s natural resources and be responsible travelers, Harnois said. This summer, New Hampshire received its share of visitors who wanted to take advantage of parks, forests, and other outdoor destinations. However, some also left an increase of roadside trash.

In spite of the visitors, it’s been a difficult season for the travel and tourism industry, with many events and planned excursions, such as leaf-peeper bus tours, canceled.

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