Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Best Western moves into Nepal

Best Western will open its first hotel in Nepal in the first quarter of 2013.
The 60-room Monty’s will be a brand new mid-scale property in the heart of the capital city.
The hotel will be located on Thamel Road, an area of downtown Kathmandu, famous for its vast array of local restaurants and boutique shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as mountaineering outlets catering to the booming adventure travel market.
"Nepal’s travel industry is booming, and Best Western is proud to offer a brand new hotel catering to the growing number of tourists wanting to experience this breathtaking country,” said Best Western International’s vice president of international operations – Asia & the Middle East Glenn de Souza.
"We are confident that the Monty’s will be extremely popular both with our loyal guests and first-timers," he said, adding that travellers are increasingly demanding excellent service levels and convenience at reasonable prices, and Best Western is perfectly positioned to meet their needs.
Best Western International is one of the biggest hotel families in the world with more than 4,000 hotels in 100 countries and territories. "The hotel's features include free wi-fi, local calls and complimentary breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant," according to de Souza.
Nepal has witnessed a surge in tourist arrivals in recent years. In 2011, which was observed as ‘Visit Nepal Year’, more than 544,000 tourists entered the country through Tribhuwan International Airport –– 21 per cent more than in 2010.
The trend has continued in 2012, as between January to June, international tourist arrivals to Nepal by air have risen by 19.8 per cent — as compared to the same period of the last year — to 294,019 in aggregate.
With an increasing number of flight connections to Kathmandu, including the launch of new low-cost services by flydubai, Air Arabia, SpiceJet and IndiGo in recent years, demand for the enticing destination looks set to grow more but the total number of hotel rooms — both five-star and three-star — seems to be insufficient for the rising number of tourists.

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