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  India   All India  08 Jul 2019  Nepal hopes to up tourist flow from Odisha

Nepal hopes to up tourist flow from Odisha

THE ASIAN AGE. | AKSHAYA KUMAR SAHOO
Published : Jul 8, 2019, 3:27 am IST
Updated : Jul 8, 2019, 3:27 am IST

The private hotel sector, too, has planned to add 4,000 rooms in the four and five-star categories in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara.

Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu
 Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu

Bhubaneswar: Nepal which shares rich cultural ties with Odisha is eyeing a significant increase in the volume of tourist flow from the state in the coming days.

Since Odisha and Nepal have close connects with regard to Hindu temples and Buddhist architecture, the Himalayan country believes these treasures will serve as a strong bond between the tourists of two places.

“Nepal and Odisha share a strong socio-cultural relationship. A number of Hindus visit various temples in Nepal every year. The Buddhists of Odisha are also greatly connected with Nepal, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Nepal’s temples, architectural splendours and picturesque natural spots are always huge attractions for tourists from Odisha,” Rohini Prasad Khanal, manager, Corporate Services department, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) told reporters on Sunday.

Mr Singh said that apart from the old tourist destinations, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is promoting 100 new spots which will draw the tourists who have already visited the country.

“Apart from our old tourist places, we have developed 100 new tourist treasures. These treasures will surely attract those who have already visited the country,” Mr Khanal said.

The NBT targets a 25 per cent growth in tourist arrivals from India.

“Indian outbound to Nepal has been growing rapidly, owing to the fact that the destination caters to the demands of all age groups. This growth will surge in the coming years,” he added.

Stating that the government of Nepal was working rigorously to ensure a successful tourism period till 2020, Mr Khanal said the NBT has set a target of two million tourist arrivals by the end of next year. Currently, the country sees nearly one million visitors annually, which is expected to double as the Board continues promoting the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign aggressively.

“By 2020, the Nepal government plans to operate two new international airports — Pokhara and Lumbini — and introduce the Airbus 330-200 to provide airline services to the growing number of tourists. The government also plans to run Tribhuvan International Airport for an additional three hours from the regular 18, to ensure continued availability of service to both incoming and outgoing tourists,” he said.

The private hotel sector, too, has planned to add 4,000 rooms in the four and five-star categories in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. A number of international chains, including Hilton and Marriott, may operate properties in Nepal soon.

Tags: swayambhunath temple, nepal tourism board
Location: India, Odisha, Bhubaneswar