KATHMANDU, Nepal- Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China, Li Yuanchao, has praised Nepal for its vast tourism potential. “Nepal has a world-famous tourism potential, and there is a huge market and production capacity (for it) in China,” Li said.
Vice-President Li has made the remarks on Nepal while addressing the opening ceremony of the 3rd China-Eurasia Expo & the China-Eurasia Economic Development and Cooperation Forum at Urumqi in Xinjiang Province of China on September 2.
Stating that the Himalayas join China to South Asia, the Chinese Vice-president, in his speech, mentioned only Nepal and none of the other countries in the region with regards to tourism.
The latest statement from the Chinese Vice-president hints at the increased flow of Chinese tourists in Nepal in days to come.
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal has surged over the recent years. Last year, 85,000 Chinese arrived in the country. Nepal Tourism Board plans to attract 100,000 tourists from China in 2014.
According to a news report published on Republica daily concerning the same event, the Consulate General of Nepal in Lhasa was quoted as saying that the numbers of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal have increased by 25 percent this year.
Nepal is among 40 countries that are participating in the forum formed two years ago, which is considered one of the important platforms to enhance economic cooperation between the countries in Asia and Europe.
A Nepali delegation comprising Former Constitution Assembly chairperson Subas Chandra Nembang, Nepali Congress leader Radheshyam Adhikari and General Secretary at Parliament Secretariat Manohar Bhattarai have participated the expo.