KATHMANDU:

The provincial government of Province 1 has announced Mechi Tourism Festival 2018 in the eastern hill region of Ilam. The festival will be organised in Ilam with an objective to promote tourism destinations in Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung districts.

The 12-day festival will begin from December 20, the organizer Ilam Tourism Promotion Committee said.

More than 150 business stalls will showcase agro-products, handicrafts and other local goods produced in the four districts. There will also be cultural show representing various ethnic and culture groups.

The organizer has expected footfalls of more than 50,000 people during the festival.

The provincial government of Province 1, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment, Nepal Tourism Board, and the Mechi Mountain Area Tourism Promotion Committee are the promoters.