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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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Over 500,000 tourists visit Nepal in first 6 months

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KATHMANDU — As many as 520,000 tourists visited the country in the first six months of the year 2018.

This is 13 per cent increment in tourist arrivals compared to the number of tourists visiting the country during the corresponding period last year, according to the Department of Immigration.

During the same period last year, a total of 460,304 foreign tourists had visited the country. The data shows that tourist arrivals were encouraging even during the rainy season. It may be noted that Nepal Tourism Board held tourism promotional programs aimed at attracting more tourists to Nepal.

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NTB Chief Executive Officer Deepak Raj Joshi said increase in the number of foreigners even during off season was good news for tourism entrepreneurs. The contribution of the private sector to the country’s tourism cannot be ignored, he added.

The latest data shows that 96,372 Indian tourists visited Nepal in the period while the number of Chinese was 71,379. The number of tourists from the United States of America was 43,816, while the number Japanese tourists stood at 13, 851.

Nepal welcomed tourists especially from South Asia and European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, among others.

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