Embassy of Nepal in Colombo organizes brainstorming meeting on tourism development

18th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 18: The Embassy of Nepal in Colombo has organized a brainstorming meeting on tourism at Regency Room, Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. The event was attended by key stakeholders of tourism sector including Secretary of Line Ministry, academicians, presidents/chairpersons of national-level boards and bureaus of tourism and inbound/out bound tour operators. The chief guest for the meeting was Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Esala Weerakoon.

[caption id="attachment_17387" align="alignnone" width="856"] Photo: Ms. Dhana Kumari Joshi, First Secretary , Embassy of Nepal Colombo[/caption]

H.E. Prof. Bishwambher Pyakuryal, Ambassador of Nepal to Sri Lanka and Maldives delivered welcome address and expressed his expectation to gain some substantive recommendation from the meeting to uncover innovative ways to promoting bilateral tourism sector development. He also highlighted tourism strategy and vision of both Nepal and Sri Lanka and the ways to tie it up with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He further stressed the need to develop mechanisms to create inter-country packages within the region by revitalizing the goals stated in the regional network such as SAARC and BIMSTEC which will pave the way to utilize common resources, shared culture and common physical infrastructures.

[caption id="attachment_17386" align="alignnone" width="860"] Photo: Ms. Dhana Kumari Joshi, First Secretary , Embassy of Nepal Colombo[/caption]

Mr. Esala Weerakoon, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Development highlighted the warm and cordial bilateral relationship existing between both the countries. He pointed out Education Tourism, Health Tourism, promoting Ramayana trail, Buddhist trails, Adventure Tourism, etc as the sectors of tourism where both the countries could benefit mutually. He further stressed the need to increase people to people contact and to increase awareness about the existing products, destinations and facilities offered to the people of both countries.

Mr. Dehan Seneviratne, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau facilitated the open discussion session.  He led the discussions and guided it in the structured way to propose a few key activities, set priority order along with time frame. The meeting concluded with an outcome document as a guideline to direct the activities of both countries for bilateral tourism development in coming years.