Government creates 5 categories to select 100 tourist destinations

26th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 26: The government has created five different categories to identify 100 new tourist destinations across the country. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Ghanashyam Upadhyay, said that five different categories after discussions between the ministry, the Tourism Board, and interest groups.

The category with the highest priority is to include heritage structures that are more than a century old, which will allow for Nepal's culture and heritage to be recognized and preserved in the world. Similarly, the government will also be including lakes occupying more that 5 of space among its listing of 100 destinations.

The ministry will also be selecting popular tourism destinations that have remained behind in the fulfillment of facilities and infrastructure in order to promote and develop them further. Chief among this category will include the Khaptad and Bardiya National Parks, which are both highly popular but lag behind in infrastructure.

Another category that has been devised includes tourist destinations that can be linked together to create new attractions. Similarly, a different category has been devised for destinations that already have a master plan for development and promotion devised for them, but have yet to be implemented.

Alongside these five categories, the government has also introduced the plan of public-private-partnerships for developing the infrastructure in the tourism destinations. The central government will go along these categories to find destinations in collaboration with the local and the state levels of government. After the publication of the notice for selection of destinations, local levels, state governments, and even tourism entrepreneurs will be allowed to give in applications to recommend destinations.

100 of the best destinations will be chosen from the recommendations, after which development works will begin. The government has already allocated Rs. 500 million in the budget of 2075/76 for the development of the hundred destinations.