KATHMANDU, Apr 17: The CPN (UML) Tourism Promotion Department and the Nepal National Tourism Entrepreneurs Association have handed over a list of list of suggestions to the Tourism Minister, Rabindra Adhikari, on Monday.
A team headed by the Incharge of the CPN (UML) Tourism Promotion Department, Surya Thapa, handed over the list of suggestions and demands regarding the government’s policies and budget inclusion to Minister Adhikari. The list includes 24 suggestions on national-level activities and 142 state-level activities, to a total of 165 suggestions and demands.
The letter requests for the government to open business hours in tourism hubs like Thamel, Kathmandu; Lakeside, Pokhara; Sauraha and Lumbini in Chitwan for 24 hours. It also suggests the establishment of a tourism university for the production of skilled manpower in the tourism sector.
The list also includes demand for making Kathmandu dust and pollution free. It further calls for speedy progress and completion of the pride projects of three new international airport at Nijgadh, Bhairahawa, and Pokhara, and for the government to start direct flights to different cities in India and China. The 24-hour operation of the only existing international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, is also mentioned.
Minister Adhikari said that he will hand over the list of suggestions to the related department on the same day and with instructions to study the suggestions and produce a work plan. He said that the government is working to create a favorable environment for the private sector in tourism, adding that support from the private sector is essential in the endeavor.
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