By APD writer Ishwar Khanal
KATHMANDU, Jan. 11 (APD) - The three-day first Buddhist International Travel Mart has kicked off on Friday in Nepal's Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha.
Inaugurating the festival, Nepal's Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari said the travel mart would be a platform to promote Lumbini, Buddhist Circuits and Visit Nepal Year 2020.
The travel mart aims to promote the Buddhist sites, spreading the message that Nepal is center for world peace. Organizers said, they plan to develop a domestic Buddhist circuit covering Lumbini and Devdaha of Rupandehi, Tilaurakot, Kudan, Sagarhawa and Niglihawa of Kapilvastu and Ramgram of Nawalparasi district. Likewise, they have also planned to create an external circuit covering sites in India. The event features Buddhist conferences, interaction programs and B2B sessions, among others. Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracted over 1.5 million tourists in 2018.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)