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Narayanhiti Museum collects more than Rs 230 million revenue

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KATHMANDU — The Narayanhiti Durbar Museum has collected more than Rs 230 million revenue after welcoming 2.7 million visitors in nine years of its operation.

The museum was opened for public on 27th February, 2009, following the announcement of a republic in Nepal on May 28, 2008, with the abolition of around 240-year-old monarchy. It raised over Rs 230 million from the sale of entry tickets and around Rs 1.5 million as parking fees in this period.

The museum records show that so far, 2,721,485 people have visited it.

Of them, as many as 1,145,510 were Nepali students, 1,365,091 were common people, 155,576 were from the SAARC countries and China, and 65,308 people had arrived from other countries.

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“The museum charges a Nepali student Rs 20 as entry fees, it is Rs 200 for a visitor from home while Rs 250 for a guest from the SAARC countries and China and Rs 500 for nationals from other countries,” according to Information Officer at the Museum Adait Shrestha.

Till the first nine months of the current fiscal, 235,534 people visited the museum. The collected revenue also includes the vehicles’ parking fees. The museum remains open for public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm five days in a week (except Tuesday and Wednesday).

The palace that long served as the residence of the then ruling monarchs of Nepal was turned into a museum, following the introduction of a new system in the country.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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