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Adams' concert to help boost tourism
2011-02-24
Wednesday - 23rd February 2011
KATHMANDU: Bryan Adams’ live concert in Kathmandu is hoped to help boost tourism in the country, thanks to the Canadian rockstar’s mass fan-following.

Many foreigners have already arrived from all over world just to catch a glimpse of Adams on stage. People from India, Australia and Canada among others booked tickets early to see the star in action.

Tom Carron and Arron Davies arrived from Australia. “I came here to sway with the rockstar and visit Kathmandu. Since childhood, I have been a great fan of the singer and Nepal. It was like killing two birds with one stone,” said Carron who lives in the Australian city of Melbourne.

Arron echoed Carron, and said he was here to enjoy the concert. “I arrived this morning just for the concert,” said Arron. The Australians said they would be leaving Nepal later in the night.

Adaline Wilson from Canada is another Adams fan. “Adams is more than just a fellow citizen for me. He is one of the greatest singers in the world, and he never fails to mesmerise his fans,” Wilson said, adding she came last week. “I still have many places to visit in Nepal.”

Adams’ fans from abroad said that the main reason for coming here was that it was less expensive. Manoj Shrivastava of Maharastra, India, said he came to Kathmandu to catch a glimpse of Adams after the rockstar’s show in India was cancelled.

Source THT
 
Tourist receive warm welcome at TIA
2011-01-02

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Marking the beginning Nepal Tourism Year, Nepal Tourism Board amidst a function on Saturday welcomed tourists at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The official inauguration of NTY 2011 is scheduled for January 14 at Dasharath Stadium in the capital.


Sarad Pradhan, media consultant at NTB informed Republica that NTB gifted tourists with white scarf and a post-card of Mt Everest undersigned by Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari. Similarly, members of Nepali Hotel Entrepreneurs also welcomed the tourists at TIA.

On the eve of New Year 2011, the new gate of the TIA along with the newly built sterile zone was also inaugurated. After the operation of new sterile zone, additional 400 passengers can be accommodated.

Previously the zone could only accommodate 300 passengers.

The newly constructed helipad at TIA was also inaugurated on Friday.

 
More then 5 lackh tourist arrive
2010-12-21

Thursday - 16th December 2010
KATHMANDU: As Nepal Tourism Year 2011 is drawing close, the number of tourists visiting Nepal has gone further up.

According to the Immigration Department, 580,337 tourists visited Nepal with the last 11 months of this year. The number was 509,752 during the same period last year.

The highest number of tourists came from India with 104,000 followed by Sri Lanka 45,285 and China 38,892.

DoI officer Mohan Poudel said that several efforts made by governmental and non-governmental agencies to bring in more tourists helped to increased tourists.

Development in tourism infrastructure and effective management, including arrangement of home-stay and additional number of air flights, also lured tourists, he added.

source THT
 
Tourist arrival up, income static
2010-12-21

Monday - 13th December 2010
KATHMANDU: The central bank suspects ‘informalisation’ of service sector income and is keeping an eye on the service sector income data for October-November, as steady increase in tourist arrivals is not translating into dollars.

“The service sector income does not match the steady growth in tourist arrivals, leaving enough room for suspicion,” central bank governor Dr Yubraj Khatiwada told this correspondent. “We are eagerly awaiting the fiscal year’s fourth month’s data to arrive at some conclusion,” he said, adding that the country has witnessed a steady growth of tourists in the last few months.

Annual figure has never been so high since 1999. Nepal received 412,446 tourists by air in the 11 months of 2010, according to Nepal Tourism Board.

Some tourism entrepreneurs believe tourist arrivals in 2010 surpass the 1999 record.

However, Madhav Ohm Shrestha, executive director of Hotel Association of Nepal said though the arrivals posted a steady growth, a large number of them were low-end tourists.

“May be it’s because the hotels have lowered room rates or the average stay of tourists has gone down; How else to explain this,” the governor wondered.

But according to Shrestha, neither the hotels have lowered the rates nor the tourists’ average stay — more than 11 days — has come down. “Had the service sector income risen in proportion to the tourist arrivals, the current account would have been surplus, helping to ease Balance of Payment deficit,” Khatiwada said.

The current account has registered a deficit of Rs 2.17 billion in the first three months of the current fiscal year due to the increase in trade deficit and a considerable growth of transfer income — particularly grants, remittances and pension.

The overall BoP has recorded a deficit of Rs 6.88 billion during the first three months of the fiscal year. The central bank suspects that some of the tourism entrepreneurs were skipping the formal channel and holding dollars.

Source THT
 
   
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2011-01-02
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