Today, the first ceremony of the year was held at the Lumbini Park in presence of 3,000 participants, including government officials and tourism agencies.
President Ram Baran Yadav formally launched Visit Lumbini Year 2012 lighting the peace flame, which was brought by the boat floated on the canal and was passed to the President.
Last year, 600,000 tourists visited Lumbini, including 129, 000 foreigners. The government targets to attract 1,000,000 tourists in the Visit Lumbini Year 2012.
The Minister of Culture, who stayed in our hotel, addressing the mass, said that we are going to invest more for the improvement of infrastructure to welcome various visitors to Lumbini and send the message to the world that the Lord Buddha was born in Nepal.
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