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Nepal’s tourism body to persuade Indo-Nepal joint initiative

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In order to brig in an upsurge in the Foreign tourist Arrival (FTA) in Tourism hotspot Nepal, the country’s tourism nodal agency is about to take up many retarding factors with the Government of Nepal to escalate the issues with western world at diplomatic level. Closely linked to Nepal’s tourism trade, Indian tourism sector is also hopeful of positive outcome of the initiative for entire Eastern Himalayan region including Indian circles in Sikkim, Darjeeling or NE India.”In long term figures, we had around 5 lakh FTA in 1998. But, alarmingly that had come down to 3 lakh in 2012,” L B Baniya, senior manager of Nepal Tourism Board told ET.

“Though picture is in positive colour now in 2013, there are few serious retardant factors,” he added. Decision of European Union (EU) to ban all airlines from Nepal from flying into the 28-nation bloc is one among them.

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