KATHMANDU, Feb 12: President of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Navaraj Dahal said that Nepal has the potential to attract 5 million tourists. Speaking at the Joint-Lhosar Program organized by TAAN, he said that Nepal can attract 5 million tourists but must first develop infrastructure for this to happen.
President Dahal said that there is a great employment opportunity in the tourism sector but for this Nepal should develop its infrastructure including improvement of airports, and market promotion. He said that in order to make the mountain tourism and trekking tourism more organized and effective, support from all sectors is necessary.
He also pointed out the need for trekking tourists to take at least one guide as trekkers who go on treks without guides can often get into accidents. He said that with the development of transportation in the country, the trekking sport is in trouble and requested the government to develop and find new trekking routes.
The chief guest of the Joint-Lhosar Program, President of the Maoist Center Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal, said that the tourism business is an important sector of Nepal and expressed his commitment that the new government will give priority to gradually improve the sector and develop the infrastructure.
The Joint-Lhosar Program is a means for all tourism entrepreneurs and businesses in the trekking sector to celebrate Lhosar, said the Media Coordinator of TAAN, Gopal Shrestha.