Government introduces five-year plan to develop tourism infrastructure


7th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Aug 07: The government has introduced a five-year plan to develop tourism in the country with special plans for Karnali which includes the establishment of standard hotels, lodges, restaurants, and the development of tourism infrastructure. The government has also developed plans to motivate the private sector to be engaged in the Karnali State for its development.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation has declared the plan with the idea of developing infrastructure in 10,000 ropanis of land around Rara Lake. Minister of Tourism, Rabindra Adhikari, said that to accomplish the plan there must be good collaboration between the three levels of government, proper communication, and a unity of action.

Among the five-year plan's details is included the aim of doubling the parking capacity of Tribhuvan International Airport, building new international terminal building, increasing the taxi/bus parking capacity, accomplishing the airport upgrade plan, and to change the black-top at the airport runway. Other plans in the aviation sector includes to bring TIA into 24-hour operation and to bring in the entirety of Nepali airspace within radar detection.

Similarly, the ministry has also promised to organize the duty-free stores inside the airport premises and make arrangements for online visa for tourists. The five-year plan also includes operating Nepal Airlines in the company model for administrative improvements, and bringing in a strategic partner for the same end. The plan also aims to increase the market share of NAC in international flights to 60%. The work plan also includes bringing all NAC aircraft to full operation and adding two narrow-body and two wide-body aircraft to its fleet for at least 6 international flight aircraft and 15 domestic ones.