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Beautiful Christmas trees

Beautiful Christmas trees

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Ghantaghar and Rani Pokhari - Attractions of Kathmandu , Nepal

Ghantaghar and Rani Pokhari - Attractions of Kathmandu , Nepal

Ghantaghar ( clock tower ) and Rani Pokhari ( pond ) in the heart of capital city Kathmandu are some…

Buddha Dordenma statue in Bhutan

Buddha Dordenma statue in Bhutan

The massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues…

First Nepali woman to scale highest peaks of seven continents- Susmita Maskey

First Nepali woman to scale highest peaks of seven continents- Susmita Maskey

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) felicitated Susmita Maskey, who recently scaled all the highest peaks in seven continents. NMA organized a…

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), dances with first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar…

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Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2015

WORLD  NEWS

AMMAN - The Jordan Armed Forces said the Islamic State (IS) downed a Jordanian plane and arrested its pilot in Syria. The pilot was part of a group of Jordanian fighter jets conducting a military mission against the IS terrorist organization.

TOKYO -Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a new cabinet appointing a defence minister Gen Nakatani . His new cabinet was largely unchanged with Taro Aso returning as deputy premier and finance minister, Fumio Kishida as foreign minister and Yoichi Miyazawa in the industry minister post.- Agencies

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International Visitors spend $18.5 Billion in October 2014
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that international visitors spent $18.5 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States…
IMD 2014 : Family Farming for Food Security and Prosperity in the Mountains
BY Tashi Dorji and Surendra Raj Joshi / ICIMOD The UN General Assembly has designated 11 December International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day is an…

FACTS - World Tourism 

- International visitor arrivals (IVAs) into the Asia Pacific region rose from 226 million for the first period of 2013 to just over 238 million for the    first period of  2014.The Americas showed the strongest percentage increase of more than eight percent for the first period of 2014, while Asia led  the pack with an incremental increase of 8.3 million in arrivals.

- China now ranks seventh in the number of annual visitors to the United States, having set records in 2013 for both arrivals (1.8 million) and  spending ($21 billion).The China market alone supports more than 100,000 U.S. jobs. China is the fastest-growing source of travel into the United  States, increasing from 320,000 visitors in 2006 to a projected 4.3 million in 2018.

- China has signed mutual visa exemption agreements with nearly 90 countries and reached 53 visa simplification agreements with 39 countries.A   total of 37countries and regions have agreed to grant Chinese citizens visas on arrival, while eight countries and regions unilaterally allow Chinese citizens to enter without a visa.

New World Heritage Sites in 2013

Hill Forts, Rajasthan, India               UNESCO/WHC

- Al Zubarah Archaeological Site
- Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora
- Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
- Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
- Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration
- Golestan Palace
- Hill Forts of Rajasthan
- Historic Centre of Agadez
- Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong
- Levuka Historical Port Town
- Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
- Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
- University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia
- Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine
- El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
- Mount Etna
- Namib Sand Sea
- Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)
- Xinjiang Tianshan
- Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
- Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
- Maloti-Drakensberg Park Source: UNESCO/ WHC

 

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