September 27, 2021, Lumbini: In the organization of Lumbini Development Trust and active participation of stakeholders, 42nd World Tourism Day 2021 was celebrated in Lumbini. A familiarization trip for journalists of Nepal and India was organized on the occasion. Tourism entrepreneurs of Lumbini provided boat ride and erickshaw ride services and token of love to the guests. Local cultural groups also attended the program with great enthusiasm.
The speakers opined that Lumbini at present was completely safe to visit after Covid-19’s strike. “Accommodation, food and sightseeing in Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Devadaha and Ramagrama area have been managed ensuring the safety protocols”, the speakers said.
Vice Chairman of Lumbini Development Trust Ven. Metteyya (Awadhesh Tripathi) said, “Lumbini is one of the safest places to visit after Covid pandemic.” He requested tourists around the globe to visit Lumbini and pray for world peace. He further added, “The bereaved families who lost their near and dear ones during pandemic are requested to visit Lumbini and pray for the salvation of the departed souls.
The Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University Prof. Hridayaratna Bajracharya said, “Lumbini is a timeless place for those seeking eternal peace and media should highlight it.” He requested media persons to deeply research the profound teachings of the Buddha underlying within our heritages and showcase them through news and articles to attract wide range of tourism market segments.
General Secretary of Lumbini Hotel Association Nepal (LHAN) Lilamani Sharma announced discount packages for the Lumbini visitors on the occasion. According to him, LHAN has offered 3 days 2 nights Lumbini Tour Package for 2200 rupees only.
Information and PR Chief Dr. Hari D. Rai highlighted the importance of World Tourism Day. Medias have a great role in promotion and marketing of tourism destinations, he added. Information Officer Rajan Basnet conducted the program.