Nepal seeks to attract record number of visitors’ through NTY

Last Updated: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 18:42

Kathmandu: President Ram Baran Yadav will
inaugurate a grand function in the capital to launch `Nepal
Tourism Year` next week in a bid to boost the sector, as a
record number of visitors flew to the country last year.

Yadav will launching `Nepal Tourism Year 2011` on
January 14 in the capital where Tourism Ministers from the
eight SAARC countries are expected to be present.

Nepal will also host the SAARC Tourism Minister’s meet
on the same day.

"We aim to bring about economic revolution through
tourism and we will try to distribute the benefits of tourism
to people in the remote areas, mountainous regions and
villages," said Prachanda Man Shrestha, the Chief of Nepal
Tourism Board.

A record number of tourists flew to Nepal last year,
with most of the growth coming from its two giant neighbours
India and China, according to official figures.

Nepal aims to attract one million tourists, just
double the figure of 2009.

The Nepal Tourism Board said the arrival of some
500,000 foreign visitors at the country`s only international
airport in 2010, 15 per cent more than in 2009, showed tourism
had recovered from a decade long insurgency that ended in
2006.

The number is expected to cross 650,000 when visitors
traveling overland are included.

Nepal aims to bring in some 260,000 tourists from
India during the year.

The government has made a massive security arrangement
for the function, with some 500 security personnel being
deployed for the event.

The tourism sector is the largest foreign exchange
earner for the country. It was expected that with the end of
the Maoists-led insurgency in 2006, the country`s tourism
sector would get a boost.

However, the country has been faced with political and
economic instability that has impacted the tourism sector.

More than six months after the 22-party coalition led
by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal collapsed 16 rounds
of Parliament vote has failed to elect a new leader.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 18:42

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