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NTB announces 2073 as ‘Ghumfir Barsa’

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) announced Bikram Sambat 2073 as ‘Ghumfir Barsa’ (Travel Year) on Monday, in a bid to promote domestic tourism.

The initiative is part of the government’s preparations to organise International Tourism Year 2017-18.

Civil servants must take leave of no less than one week and visit a nearby destination inside of Nepal in the New Year as a part of government’s plan to help domestic tourism.

The government is going to announce the program for civil servants during the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake on Baisakh 12 (April 24), to revive the tourism sector that has been hit hard by the massive temblors of April and May last year and border blockade.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will make a special announcement of the program, the first of its kind, on April 24 to commemorate the first anniversary of the April 25 earthquake.

A ministerial level decision had approved the proclamation of Ghumphir Barsa last Friday

The NTB has allocated a budget of Rs2 million to carry out promotional activities to make the program successful.

Likewise, the tourism promotional body has suggested to the government to allocate a separate budget for travel leave concessions for government employees in the next fiscal year.

According to the NTB, a booklet will be published describing the tour packages developed by travel and tour operators.

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Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari

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GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.

He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.

Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.

The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.

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