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Tourists entrepreneurs excited with 24 hour vehicular movement along Muglin-Narayangadh road section

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CHITWAN — Tourists entrepreneurs are excited with the vehicular movement for 24 hours a day along the Muglin-Narayangadh road section.

The road section that remained closed for six hours during day hour has come into operation round the clock after the completion of first-level of blacktopping.

Chairperson of Regional Hotel Association, Suman Ghimire, said that tourists willing to visit Chitwan were compelled to change their destinations towards other places including Pokhara due to traffic jam along the road section following the closure of vehicular movement for six hours a day.

Ghimire further said number of tourists visiting Chitwan was decreased by 15-20 per cent due to the road. There was no smooth vehicular movement along the road section due to road expansion drive started three years ago.

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Similarly, senior Vice-Chairperson Deepak Bhattarai said that package programme targeting tourists was affected following the closure of vehicular movement.

He said the number of tourists visiting Chitwan, Sauraha would increase with smooth vehicular movement along the road section.

Sauraha Chairperson of Restaurant and Bar Association Nepal, Gokarna Giri, said that the number of tourists visiting Chitwan is increasing along with round-the-clock operation of vehicular movement along the Narayangadh-Muglin road section.

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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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