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New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday said the central government will assist in the development of a tribal circuit in Chhattisgarh under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to promote tourism.

Sharma gave the assurance at a meeting with Chhattisgarh’s Tourism and Culture Minister Dayal Das Baghel here, an official release said.2015-08-19_2053

Baghel has asked Sharma to include an Eco Circuit connecting the Achanakmer Tiger Reserve, Kanger Valley National Park, Kodar Dam and Gangrel Dam among others, to which Sharma said the government would consider the proposal.

Besides, Baghel asked the minister to include the historical site of Sirpur in the Buddhist circuit.

(IANS)

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Nepal Welcomed Almost 1Mn Tourists in 2018

Tourism contributed 7.8 percent to Nepal's GDP in 2017, creating over a million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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This photograph taken from a helicopter shows an aerial view of Mount Everest in Nepal's Solukhumbu district, some 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, on Nov. 22, 2018. VOA

Tourist arrivals in Nepal topped one million for the first time in 2018 — boosted by increased visitors from India, China, the U.S., Sri Lanka and the U.K.

The Himalayan nation saw the number of tourists jump nearly 25 percent as it welcomed a record high of 1,173,072 visitors in 2018, the country’s tourism authorities said Tuesday.

Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal’s tourism minister, called the new total “remarkable.”

Last year also saw a record 807 climbers reach the summit of Mount Everest, including 563 summits from Nepal.

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This photograph taken from a helicopter shows an aerial view of Namche Bazar in Nepal’s Solukhumbu district on Nov. 22, 2018. VOA

Tourism is a major revenue earner for impoverished Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 feet).

Fears for the industry rose after a devastating earthquake in 2015 that killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed many of the country’s heritage sites.

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The industry’s annual revenues fell by almost a third that year, dealing a devastating blow to the economy, but the sector has since gradually recovered.

Tourism contributed 7.8 percent to Nepal’s GDP in 2017, creating over a million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. (VOA)