KATHMANDU — A trekking route developed specially targeting for the people with disabilities has come into operation in Annapurna Rural Municipality-1 of Kaski district.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, inaugurated the route amidst a program here Saturday.
The route developed with the financial assistance of Nepal Tourism Board and people’s voluntary labour stretches to 1.3 kilometers. People with disabilities have different types of talents and will power and activeness would help them explore such potentialities.
On the occasion, people with disabilities passed through the trekking route from Bhumeko Thaan to Himalayan Deurali Resort with the help of wheel chairs and white canes.
“The introduction of disabled-friendly trekking route was itself a message to the world that construction of such structure was possible in the country with geographical diversities like Nepal,” Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Deepak Raj Joshi said.
Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off
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.
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.