Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nepali, Indian entrepreneurs join hands to promote tourism

Tourism entrepreneurs of Nepal and India are planning to promote tourism of both the countries.
The tourism entrepreneurs of Mechi zone of Nepal and Indian state of West Bengal are coordinating to promote of tourism of both countries at the initiation of Ilam Hotel Association and Mechi Hill Area Tourism Promotion Development Committee. They have jointly started the promotional activities for both Nepal and India. And for the starting, they have jointly celebrated ‘World Tourism Day’ in Siliguri, India.
A Nepali team of 22 members, along with the executive director of the committee Kesav Dharauli, president of Ilam Hotel Association Devi Poudel, senior vice-president of Ilam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ishwor Chipalu, and other stakeholders, has reached Siliguri to celebrate ‘World Tourism Day’ jointly.
In celebration of the tourism day, they have organised an exhibition of local production in Siliguri from September 22-24. The Nepali products in display include organic tea, cardamom, lollypop – Nepali chocolate – dhaka clothes, red chilly, medicines, foods, herbs, Nepali products such as topi, dhaka-bags, Bhadgaule topi.
Nepali cultural dance is also presented during the exhibition. 
According to the Nepali entrepreneurs, visitors coming from West Bengal and south India have shown their interest on Nepali local products. The visitors were more attracted toward agricultural product of Mechi hill of Nepal in comparison to the products from India’s Darjeeling, Sikkim, Mirik and Siliguri areas.
The months from September to March, except December, are considered as tourist season for this region including Mechi hill, Darjeeling, Mirik and Sikkim. The Nepali entrepreneurs have targeted to bring tourist, who visit Darjeeling and Mirik every year, to Nepal.
According to the statistics of Tourism Information Center, Kalebung, every year 60,000 Indian tourists visit Ilam.
Especially the tourists from West Bengal choose to visit Ilam, Paachthar and Taplejung districts of Nepal, according to the entrepreneurs. "However the Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling has affected the flow of Indian tourists this year."

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