Stories By 'SANGAM PRASAIN'
The Soaltee Westend Premier, Nepalgunj and the Swiss International Hotel Sarowar, Pokhara have been awarded five and four stars respectively, bringing the number of hotels in the two categories to 12 and eight. According to Rajesh Kumar Lamsal, a Tourism Department official, the two hotels were awarded the star rating after assessing all the required criteria.
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The Tourism Ministry said Tribhuvan International Airport had not been spending the money collected as airport development tax as intended, warning that the scheme’s term may not be extended if it did not produce a strategic working plan.
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Nepal’s natural beauty, diverse wildlife and wealth of pilgrimage sites can be a huge draw in the global tourism market, and this should be the marketing mantra for the Visit Nepal campaign version 3.0. The third edition of the promotion slated for 2020 has the goal of attracting 2 million foreign tourists, hospitality industry analysts said at Monday’s Kantipur Conclave.
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Nepal is expected to reach a growth rate of 65 percent in fiscal 2018-19, largely due to ongoing reconstruction, investment in hydropower projects, a rebound in agricultural production, and strong tourism-related activities, according to the International Monetary Fund
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The Tourism Ministry has informed the ambassadors from different European countries, including the ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Nepal, on the progress of splitting the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal into two entities, which they said was a prerequisite to remove Nepal from the “EU air safety list”.
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Amid concerns that high-profile individuals are embroiled in the scam, the Prime Minister’s office has ordered to speed up the investigation.
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