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KATHMANDU, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's travel and tourism industry's contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) stood at 3.6 percent as the economic activities in the sector generated 800 million U.S. dollars, a report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed.


The global body representing the travel and tourism private sector stated that the contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the economy has been calculated based on income generated by industries such as hotels, travel agents, airlines and other passenger transportation. But it also includes, for example, the activities of the restaurant and leisure industries directly supported by tourists.


The report titled The Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism March 2017' released recently stated that the travel and tourism sector's contribution to the GDP is expected to grow by 6.8 percent points in 2017.


The report has not mentioned anything about how tourism sector is reviving after deadly earthquake of 2015. But, the report has forecasted growth in tourist arrivals in 2017.


As per the report, the country is expected to attract 801,000 international tourist arrivals. Foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 39.71 percent to 753,002 in 2016, boosted by robust visitor growth from India, China, the United States, Britain and Sri Lanka, according to the statistics of the Department of Immigration.


Amar Shahi, managing director of Raika Tours Private Limited, said there has been growth in visitors from China and India and other few countries but the number of visitors from European markets has been dismal. "Although the number of visitors has grown, their spending has remained lower," he said.


According to Shahi, growing investment in hotels and the entry of international hotel chains could attract more tourists in the upcoming years. Meanwhile, WTTC report has also stated that travel and tourism sector created 427,000 jobs in 2016 which is expected to grow by 6 percent in 2017 to 452,500 (excluding commuter services).



The biennial Dubai Airshow opened yesterday with hometown long-haul carrier Emirates making a US$15.1 billion buy of American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners Robert Golden Jersey , as the world’s biggest defense companies promoted their weapons amid heightened tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.


Other airlines also are taking part, but missing from the trade show this year is one of the region’s largest long-haul carriers, Qatar Airways, amid diplomatic fallout between Qatar and four Arab nations.


The Boeing announcement came after over an hour and a half of delays by Emirates amid rumors of a possible Airbus sale involving its A380 aircraft Chris Conley Jersey , a major workhorse for the airline. Journalists asked Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum about Boeing’s European competitor Airbus, specifically its A350.


“We were comparing the two apples,” he said, but found that the Boeing 787 is “the best option” for Emirates “given its maintenance and so on.”


The Boeing 787-10 typically lists for US$312.8 million. Delivery will begin in 2022.


Chicago-based Boeing Co already has 171 787-10s on order. Among those waiting for the aircraft are Abu Dhabi-based Etihad. Boeing builds the 787 at its plant in North Charleston Mitch Morse Jersey , South Carolina, which President Donald Trump visited in February.


Last week, the US plane manufacturer secured an order valued at more than US$37 billion at list price for 300 of its single-aisle and double-aisle planes during Trump’s visit to China. Trump also was present for the signing ceremony last month between Boeing and Singapore Airlines for 39 new aircraft, including 19 of the 787 Dreamliner Chris Jones Jersey , in a deal worth up to US$14 billion.


Sheikh Ahmed made a point to say the deal will help create more jobs, long a mantra of Trump. The deal was signed in the presence of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the United Arab Emirates’ prime minister and vice president.


“The order will take Emirates’ total (number of) wide body aircraft of the Boeing to 204 aircraft Kareem Hunt Jersey , units worth over US$90 billion,” Sheikh Ahmed said. “This is a long-term commitment that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, not only at Boeing but also throughout the aviation supply chain.”


The airline’s business has suffered under Trump’s travel bans affecting predominantly Muslim nations, as well as the recent ban on laptops in airplane cabins. Emirates said it slashed 20 percent of its flights to the US in the wake of the restrictions. That in turn hurt Dubai International Airport Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey , the home of Emirates and the world’s busiest international travel hub.


Emirates is the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator, with 165 in service today


The airshow comes as the Qatar dispute is now in its fifth month with no resolution in sight. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June over its ties with Iran and its support of Islamist groups Patrick Mahomes II Jersey , accusing the small Gulf state of supporting extremists, charges it denies. The Arab quartet cut direct flights with Qatar and closed their airspace to Qatari aircraft.


Qatar Airways previously had played a big role in the Dubai Airshow, reserving a large pavilion and displaying its latest aircraft to visitors.


At the start of the airshow, Dubai-based Emirates Will Redmond Jersey , the Middle East’s largest carrier, unveiled new, state-of-the-art, first class private suites.


In an industry first Sammy Watkins Jersey , passenger suites in the middle aisle without windows will be fitted with “virtual windows” relaying the sky outside via fiber optic cameras on the plane. There’s also a video call feature in the suites that connects passengers to the cabin crew, as well as temperature control and various mood lighting settings.


Emirates President Tim Clark declined to say how much a ticket in the 3.7-square-meter private suite will cost. T.
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