Bardiya National Park has been awarded as the best Sustainable Destinations in “Asia-Pacific” category of Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards 2019. Amidst a grand ceremony in Germany on March 6, 2019, Bardiya was awarded by ITB – The leading Travel Trade Show and Green Destinations Org in recognition of its efforts towards responsible tourism and distinctive appeal. Drs Albert Salman was the President of Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Selection Panel and the event was supported by esteemed organizations like QualityCoast, AEN, Global Ecotourism Network, Linking Tourism and Conservation, Destination Stewardship Center, Travel Mole, Vision on Sustainable Tourism.
With this award, Nepal now also features in the Green Destinations Global Leaders Network, a non-profit foundation for sustainable tourism which leads a global Partnership of expert organizations, companies, and academic institutions.
Nepal is well received in the global platforms as an inspiring and leading nation in sustainable tourism practices. Nepal Tourism Board’s advocacy for Nepal’s exemplary effort in conservation of natural treasures with the involvement of local communities made this distinct recognition possible.
Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Tourism Board, who received the award on behalf of Bardiya National Park, mentioned about Nepal’s remarkable achievement of doubling its tiger population and other successful conservation practices in his acceptance speech. He stressed on highlighting strength of Bardiya as an unique sustainable destination. Mr. Joshi further made a point to recognize untiring conservation efforts made by Bardiya National Park and key agencies including WWF, NTNC, Eco Tourism Society Bardiya, Nature Guides and the local communities.
Established in 1988, the Bardiya National Park covers an area of 968 km2 (374 sq. mi). It is the largest and most undisturbed national park in Nepal’s southern Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the glacier-fed Karnali River and bisected by the Babai River in the Bardiya District. The national park is renowned globally for the phenomenal success in doubling the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger numbers.