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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 jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

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After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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