Nepal to appoint `Indian Idol` as goodwill ambassador

Nepal is set to appoint `Indian Idol 2008` Prashant Tamang as its goodwill ambassador as it aims to bring in one million tourists, a major chunk from India.

Kathmandu: After roping in cricket
legend Sunil Gavaskar to promote tourism, Nepal is set to
appoint `Indian Idol 2008` Prashant Tamang as its goodwill
ambassador as it aims to bring in one million tourists, a
major chunk from India.

Tamang, who is an Indian of Nepali ethnicity, will
arrive in Kathmandu from Darjeeling tomorrow and will be given
the title of goodwill ambassador of Nepal, Tourism Board at a
press conference, a board official said.

Gavaskar was appointed Nepal`s tourism ambassador in
2005. Earlier, NTB had appointed 22-inch-tall teenager
Khagendra Thapamagar as its brand ambassador and 19-year-old
Miss Nepal 2010 Sadichha Shrestha as goodwill ambassador to
promote tourism.

Nepal aims to bring in one million tourists including
268,000 Indian tourists under the `Nepal Tourism Year 2011`
campaign to revive its tourism sector that was hit hard by
decade long Maoist insurgency.

Miss Nepal Sadhichha will leave Kathmandu on October 1
towards Shania, China where she will participate in Miss World
beauty contest.

Before leaving for China she told a news agency today that she
will promote tourism in China during the Miss World contest.
Nepal has lots of things including its unique culture,
Mt. Everest, Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha to
promote tourism, she said.

She said she will ask all other participants of Miss
World to visit Nepal next year with their family members
during her visit to China.

Similarly, Miss Nepal First Runner Up Sahana
Bajracharya and Second Runner Up Sanyukta Timsina will
participate respectively in the Miss Earth (Vietnam) and Miss
International (China) contests later this year.

They said that they will also make efforts to promote
tourism for Nepal while participating in the contests.

Nepal has recently opened three new community based
trekking trails with Hi-Fi Internet facilities and also
launched home stay schemes for the promotion of tourism in the
rural areas.

PTI

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