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Food contest to be held to promote traditional and ethnic Nepali dishes

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KATHMANDU — The Sneha Travel Media is holding a food contest to connect the traditional and ethnic Nepali dishes with tourism.

The first ever, ‘Sagatani Axim College Chef Icon–2018’ is being held to link the Nepali food with tourism. A total of 36 students from 12 different colleges will take part in the competition.

In the competition taking place from May 29 to July 14, students will compete to prepare Nepali traditional dishes, ethnic dishes, continental, Italian, Indian and Chinese dishes.

Sneha Travel Media Nepal’s Managing Director, Suresh Chandra Basnet, said the students taking part in the contest were provided training at the Unicampus in Putalisadak on Saturday.

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“We are holding the competition by keeping the colleges at the centre so as to enhance the capabilities of the students’ enrolled at different colleges of Nepal,” he added.

The judges in the contest will be Surya Kiran Shrestha, Sri Ram Adhikari, Laxman Prasad Bhandari, Dr Sanjaya Jammal, Yuvaraj Pokharel, Suresh Chandra Basnet and Krishna Kaji Basnet. They are all chefs at Nepal’s prestigious hotels.

The winning student will be handed a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and kitchen set, the first – runner up will take home Rs 30,000 and kitchen set while the second – runner up will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 15,000 and kitchen set.

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Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The inflow of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in arrivals in September, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The country has received 91,820 foreign visitors in September,thanks to strong growth from India and China, according to a press statement issued by NTB.

Nepal has four main seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn, which falls between September an November, is the best season to visit the Himalayan nation as the skies are clear giving stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September in comparison to the same period in 2017 while visitor arrivals from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

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Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 52.8 per cent over the same month last year.

Likewise, arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 per cent. The number of visitors from Japan and South Korea has also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.

The European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France swelled 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively.

However, New Zealand and Australia witnessed a decline of 9 percent and 4 percent compared to the 2017 figure. The number of visitors from the US and Canada also dropped 9 percent and 2 percent respectively in September.

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