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Nepal strives to draw more Yunnan tourists

Updated:2017-06-19 10:55:35   english.yunnan.cn

Nepal wants to attract more Yunnan tourists with an active presence at the recently concluded 2017 South-Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) in Kunming.

As evident of its ambition, Nepal’s booths show-casing tourism and handicraft occupied half of the 8th Exhibition Hall at Kunming Dianchi  Convention and Exhibition  Center.

Nepal also hosted a special tourism promotion forum on June 13 as a sideline to the China-South Asia Business Forum, one of the highlights of 2017 SSACEIF. 

The promotion forum

"Nepal is rich in resources for mountain climbing and trekking, and with more than 100 ethnic groups, the country enjoys great cultural diversity," said Leela Mani Paudyal, ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to China.

The ambassador added that Nepal is currently the only country in the world which has a living goddess.

The forum attracted 72 business representatives from Nepal and China, who exchanged views on projects regarding hotel and tourism investment, and trade.

"Nepal is increasingly becoming a popular destination for tourists, and the number of Chinese tourists in Nepal is growing fast," said an official with the Nepalese Ministry of Commerce.

“I think Chinese travel companies can choose to invest in the Nepal and get involved in hotel and tourism business,” said the official.

He added that Chinese tourists now like adventure activities, such as trekking, gliding and bungee jumping. Many of Nepalese scenic areas can accommodate these.

Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in Nepal, is a twin sister of Kunming city, and the city-level exchanges in tourism, sports and education have been on the rise.

"The tour promotion aims to invite more Yunnan tourists to Nepal, while encouraging more cooperation between traveling services in the two places," said Anoop Bhattarai, chairman of Nepal-China Executive Council.

Nepal also wants to attract more Chinese tourists via Tibet, which shares a long border with the country.

Reporting & trans-editing by Eric, Jpana

Keywords:   Nepal Yunnan tourists