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 Nepal News:  Press Release from Nepal Tourism Board 01/09/02

SAARC- Historic Opportunity to Showcase the Attractions

The eleventh South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit clearly represented the festive mood of the regional meet of the seven Heads of State and Government, which concluded in Kathmandu on January 6, 2002 with the release of 56 point declarations covering regional cooperation in social cultural sector, education, women and children security of small states and enhancement of political cooperation to name a few. More than Hundreds of journalists from around the world had thronged here for this convention and most of them interviewed or asked for their comment about the tourism potential affirmed that "stay in Kathmandu or most tourist areas are as safe as always".

After a multi million-dollar facelift, Kathmandu City looks all spruced up and upbeat -reflecting the general mood of its population. The SAARC Summit has helped provide a greater opportunity to showcase the myriad of attractions of Kathmandu where natural beauty rises dramatically from every horizon, and shrines, temples and stupas grace every other corner.

Extra measures adopted for security has provided better situation of law and order in Nepal. Visitors to Nepal are experiencing near normalcy situation in most of the prominent tourist destinations within the country.

Most of the Heads of the State or the Government spared their invaluable time to pronounce the compliments as part of their deliberations about Nepal's beauty, renowned hospitality of its people, cultural and natural splendor as an incredible ambience at the backdrop of majestic Himalayas.

During their stay in Kathmandu, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee paid a visit to lord Pashupatinath temple, holiest shrines of Hindus and the President of Sri Lanka Chandrika K. Bandernaike was seen hobnobbing with the local inhabitants in her specialized shopping spree. Likewise, the accompanying Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka had paid a day visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Most of the dignitaries seemed relaxed while their pass time shopping too.

Nepal's popularity as a good venue for conducting International repute Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) destination has increased in the aftermath of successful conclusion of this SAARC summit. Today, Nepal has emerged as a destination that prides itself on offering the best of services and tourism needs for the tourists of all types.

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