Nepal Launches the First of two Locally-Owned Travel-Booking Portals
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Independent travellers to Nepal and hoteliers in Kathmandu have both celebrated the early-April launch of www.kathmanduhotel-link.com. A locally owned and operated travel-booking portal, it propels Kathmandu-based small- and medium-sized tourism operators into the global e-marketplace.
“This initiation of connecting local hoteliers to the international market will aid in the promotion of Nepal’s beautiful destinations and unique products,” said the Prachanda Man Shrestha, CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board. “Nepal Tourism Board applauds…this endeavour that will certainly help the tourism of the country in the long run.”
www.kathmanduhotel-link.com is the 156th locally managed destination website brought to the public by whl.travel, the global grassroots travel network catering to independent and responsible travellers. The Kathmandu website is also the first of two currently planned for Nepal and the 14th travel portal in South Asia, adding to others in India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Outdoor Himalayan Treks (OHT) joins whl.travel as its local partner in Nepal with full responsibility for the website. In operation for five years, OHT organises treks designed to give travellers greater insight into the land, culture and its people. With a friendly, dedicated and professional staff of 18 full-timers and 16 part-time guides, OHT also offers a full range of travel services, including accommodation bookings and airline ticketing.
whl.travel was won over by OHT’s commitment to sustainable tourism. Most of OHT’s trekking clients are taken to remote villages, where they can experience traditional ways of life and develop greater understanding of their culture. Guests are encouraged and often motivated to volunteer on projects or provide financial assistance. OHT goes one step further by supporting volunteer-worker initiatives and even providing donations to promising projects and organising charity treks. In addition, OHT’s managing director, Rajendra Prasad Sapotkam, once an orphan himself, has founded and through OHT continues to support an orphanage home in Kathmandu for displaced kids.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, played a catalytic role in bringing together whl.travel and the Nepal tourism industry. The development of www.kathmanduhotel-link.com received support from IFC Advisory Services in South Asia – the South Asia Enterprise Development Facility – co-funded by the United Kingdom’s DFID, European Union, CIDA (Canada) and the governments of Norway and Netherlands. IFC has supported similar whl.travel undertakings in Cape Verde, Madagascar, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania and Vietnam.
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