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Nepal-France tourism promotion stressed

March 07 , 2006

Nepal-France tourism promotion stressed

French Ambassador to Nepal Michel Jolivet has said that the natural beauty of the Himalayan country would continue to attract tourists from France even in the days to come.
"More trekkers and climbers from France will visit Nepal, as the country has many attractions to offer," said envoy Jolivet while speaking at a reception hosted by him in honour of the new executive committee members of Nepal-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NFCCI) at his residence at Bishalnagar on Wednesday evening. He said that the number of French tourists visiting Nepal would go up considerably if peace were restored in the country. .
France is one of the major tourist generating markets for Nepal. Around 15,000-20,000 French tourists visit Nepal annually. .
He called on the new executive committee of NFCCI to play an important role in promoting trade and tourism between Nepal and France. "The French market has and will have high demand for Nepalese goods if quality is maintained," he said. .
He also emphasised the need for making exchange visits of business community between the two countries. .
On the occasion, President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chandi Raj Dhakal shed light on the scope of the Nepal-France trade. Similarly, President of NFCCI Shyam M. Shrestha said that Nepal's trade deficit with France was narrowing gradually. .
He further said that the political instability in the country for the last few years has adversely affected the economy. .
NFCCI is planning to send a business delegation to France as soon as business atmosphere in the country becomes more stable. .