Saturday, April 18, 2009

An awaited announcement

One announcement which I had been waiting for several weeks finally came on the 15th of April. I'm pleased to share it with you as it's the result of a great teamwork of my colleagues for nearly four months. was launched early this April as the 156th locally managed destination website brought to the public by, the global grassroots travel network catering to independent and responsible travellers. It is the first of two destination portals currently chosen for Nepal and the 14th in South Asia.

With an all-inclusive approach this portal aims to provide a common platform for the local providers. Using a user-friendly interface and a robust backend system powered by, allows all providers, from small budget hotels to multi-star hotels and tour companies, to showcase their products and services in a virtually boundless e-marketplace.

So this new journey begins for me and my team. I'm glad to see the initial stages have been successfully accomplished. You can learn learn more on the announcement or download its PDF version from the WHL Blog. You can also see the official press release done in Kathmandu. And if you find it noteworthy to circulate the news in your own circle of regional press, travellers, hoteliers, tour organisers, or anyone who might be interested, please do so without any hesitation.

Though at this time most of the travel stories originating from Nepal in the media are pessimistic, let's hope that this endeavour will help tourism in this naturally and culturally rich country take a new direction. After all, it's high time something promising came to light, isn't it?

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