FIFA World Cup 2018: Will the football tournament boost tourism in Russia?

FIFA World Cup 2018: Will the football tournament boost tourism in Russia?

Shijith P Kunhitty / Russia’s total expenditure for the football World Cup that began this week is likely to be USD 11.6 billion, almost one percent of its GDP. Officials hope at least 1.5 million people will visit Russia during the event, which according to an analyst quoted in The Moscow Times could add USD 3 billion to the country’s economy. But a number crunching shows that previous hosts did not benefit from a spike in tourist spending. A…

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‘Unnecessary rescues’ soar in Nepal on profits from insurance payouts

‘Unnecessary rescues’ soar in Nepal on profits from insurance payouts

Annabel SYMINGTON/ AFP•June 28, 2018 / Tourists hiking in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on “unnecessary rescues”, industry insiders say. Dodgy operators are scamming tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies by making multiple claims for a single chopper ride or pushing trekkers to accept airlifts for minor illnesses, an investigation by…

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On holiday with the Pørneki’s

On holiday with the Pørneki’s

My name is Stefano Lattante and I got the opportunity to meet the team of Tourism Times Nepal in Thamel, Kathmandu where they encouraged me to write about my travel experiences while travelling around Nepal. During the days that I spent in Pokhara, I met the Pørneki’s, Danish family that, altogether, decided to come visit this wonderful country. In this interview, I collected their experience under a family’s point of view.    On holiday with…

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My weekend in Pokhara–1

My weekend in Pokhara–1

Stefano Lattante / My first trip in Nepal has been Pokhara, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Pokhara is a city 200 km far from the capital, Kathmandu. In Pokhara I would have spent in total four days of which two of them trekking. Indeed, Pokhara has one of the most famous track here in Nepal which is the Annapurna circuit. Our two days would have consisted on reaching the renowned Australian Camp for the…

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Nepal, a place for everyone!

Nepal, a place for everyone!

Stefano Lattante / I spent four days in Pokhara where I went trekking, chilled out by the lakeside and visited the famous Stupa from which it is possible to admire the entire city. Pokhara, second biggest city in Nepal with 414,000 people, is located six hours bus from Kathmandu. Pokhara is also renowned for Annapurna and the Fishtail, mountains that frame the city making the landscape incredibly majestic as if it was painted. Annapurna is also…

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