Nepal targets China second largest tourism market (3)

13:49, March 24, 2010      

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The possibility of disseminating advertisements relevant to NTY in local Chinese media is high.

Meanwhile, Bhola Bikram Thapa, coordinator of airlines and air connectivity for NTY informed that at present based on 35,000 Chinese tourist arrivals, around 91 Chinese people per aircraft land in Nepal. However, these airlines hold maximum capacity of carrying 60,000 people in Nepal in a year.

"But carrying 101,324 number of customers at current strength is almost impossible," said Thapa, adding that to meet target number of tourists at current strength, 274 people per day should land Nepal.

Thapa emphasized the need of promotion and homework to increase resource to meet targeted numbers of tourists without hassle.

According to experts, the key hurdle regarding Chinese tourists is air connectivity. "All the airlines operating to connect Chinese cities with Nepal are Chinese private airlines. If our own airline Nepal Airline will resume direct flight from Nepal to China we can transport more people." NTB official said.

Nepali Airlines used to operate direct air flight from Kathmandu to Shanghai but halted its operation due to technical reasons some seven years ago.

Although, Nepal-China friendly relationship are reiterated time and again from both countries but they have failed to realize there is no connection between their capital cities.

If Nepali capital Kathmandu and China's capital Beijing were connected with direct air flights then coordination between two countries will flourish further not only for tourism but also for trade.

Source: Xinhua
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