Tourist arrivals

TAPLEJUNG: The number of tourists in Taplejung increased this year compared to last year. The end of the decade-long conflict and the country entering a republican phase are believed to have boosted arrivals. Taplejung is rich in natural diversity and known as the district of Kanchanjunga, the world’s third tallest peak. Hotelier Ashish Gurung said arrivalsthis year increased by 25 per cent more adding that tourist arrivals would increased by 50 per cent more if Mechi Highway and Taplejung Airport were upgraded.