Tourist info centre set up at Thamel

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, July 9: A tourist information centre has come into operation at Thamel, a major tourist hub of Kathmandu. 

Established by the Department of Tourism (DoT) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) with an investment of Rs. 1 million, the information centre provides necessary information to foreign tourists.
The new facility, which is located at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s Ward 26 secretariat, was opened amidst a function on July 3. was to assist foreign visitors with various services.
As the government is planning to mark 2020 as Visit Nepal Year by bringing in two million tourists to the country, officials expect the information centre at Kathmandu’s tourist district to be of great help to foreign holidaymakers.
Opening the centre, Director General of the DoT Dandu Raj Ghimire said that the tourist information centre would help tourists and address their complaints.
Thamel attracts most of the visiting tourists as the place offers hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, among other facilities. The centre remains open throughout the week from 6am to 8 pm. Headed by a sub-inspector, the office has a team of 11 tourist police personnel.
According to Amrit Bahadur Basnet, chief of the Tourist Police head Office based in Bhrikutimandap, there will be three more rooms at the office with additional tourist police personnel. The centre aims to provide round-the-clock services to tourists in the near future.
He further said that the centre works in close coordination with the Nepal Police to monitor the security situation of Thamel. 

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