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Karnali Province allocates Rs. 980 million for tourism development

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SURKHET — Province minister for industry, tourism, forest and environment Nanda Singh Budha has said that the government of Karnali has allocated Rs. 980 million for tourism development in the province.

Speaking at a programme organized by Nepal Tourism Board here Saturday, he said of the total budget Rs. 980 million was allocated for the tourism sector, which accounts for 52 per cent. “Emphasis will be laid on infrastructure development,’ he said.

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The tourism minister also shared that the number of tourists coming to Karnali had increased after the inauguration of the ‘Karnali-Rara Tourism Year 2075’ by the Prime Minister.

Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Board Dipak Raj Joshi said tourism was the only industry that would give good returns of investment and be a continuous source of employment with local investment.

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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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