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Nepal to introduce spa-tourism to attract more tourists

world Updated: Apr 10, 2009 14:50 IST
Nepal to introduce spa-tourism to attract more tourists

After being popular as an adventure and eco-tourism destination, Nepal is all set to promote spa-tourism with a view to attract more tourists and increase the length of visitors’ stay.

Although there are only seven international standard spa-facilities operating currently in Kathmandu, lots of scope are still available for spa and wellness business, said prominent hotelier and former president of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) Prakash Shrestha.

The spa business has USD 64.8 billion global market and in the Asia Pacific region it earns USD 11.4 billion, Shrestha pointed out adding Nepal should concentrate on that business to get more benefit from tourism sector.If we introduce spa and wellness as new tourism product, it will help in achieving the target of one million tourists during Nepal Tourism Year 2011, said an official of Nepal Tourism Board.

Spa and Wellness Association of Nepal (SWAN) in collaboration with HAN, will host the first international seminar on spa and wellness in the Himalayan Kingdom on May 7 with a view to explore the untapped opportunities of spa business. Around six internationally renowned spa experts will deliver lectures highlighting different aspects of spa and wellness business on the occasion.