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Kathmandu-Tibet direct bus service to resume from February

November 9, 2009

Bureau Report
November 8, 2009

Kathmandu: Nepal and Tibet on Sunday agreed to
resume direct bus services between Kathmandu and
Lhasa from February next year to promote tourism between the two regions.

The decision was taken during the two-day meeting
between officials from Nepal Tourism Board and Tibet Tourism Administration.

Nepal-Tibet direct bus service which was stopped
due to various reasons will be resumed from
February next year to facilitate movement for
increasing number of tourists, Songping Wang,
Executive Director of Tibet Tourism Administration, said.

During the Third Joint Coordination Committee
meeting, the two sides also agreed to improve air
connectivity, enhance customs facilities between
Nepal and Tibet, autonomous region of China.

The officials from both sides underlined the need
to jointly tackle problems facing tourism sector.
Wu Yinjiang, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs
Office of the Tibetan Autonomous Region Consulate
Division, has said that Tibet wants to bring in
more tourists from India and European countries via Nepal.

The Tibetan administration is ready to provide
easy visa facility to tourists interested to
visit China and Tibet via Nepal, he added.

Nepal government aims to increase Chinese quality
tourists significantly during the Nepal Tourism
Year 2011, when the country plans to bring in
some one million tourists, Subhash Niraula,
Marketing Director of Nepal Tourism Board, said.

At present, annually some 20,000 Chinese tourists travel to Nepal.

As air connectivity is the main hurdle preventing
inflow of more tourists between Nepal and China,
we need to increase air connectivity with various cities of China, he said.

A 10-member Tibetan Tourism delegation, which is
currently in Kathmandu on a week-long tour, also
met tour operators and discussed various issues relating to tourism sector.
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