Nepalese man and local design

Ke cha? (के छ?) means What’s up? in Nepali.

Nepal launches Nepal Tourism Year (NTY-2011), a yearlong campain to attract one million tourists in 2011.

Tourism ministers from China and 23 other asian countries are invited to the NTY-2011 inaugural function in Kathmandu on Jan 14.

As part of meetings that will be held, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will discuss the possibility of joint-marketing, softening the visa regime, giving access to cross-border driving licenses, making Indian currency more flexible, and increasing inter-SAARC movement by more flights by the national flag carriers of member countries, a government official said.

Massive investments are also being made in refurbishing existing hotels and establishing new ones, say analysts.

According to the Nepal Tourism Board data, Nepal received more than 500,000 tourists in 2009 and the numbers is expected to cross 700,000 in 2010.

That’s what’s up in Nepal.