Interest Groups Highlight the Need for Tourism Infrastructure Development
19th Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Dec 19 : Interests groups have stressed infrastructure development as the most important aspect of tourism sector development. The opinion was placed at the 41st General Meeting of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
The past governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, Dr. Yuwaraj Khatiwoda, said during the event that the political transition phase of the country is coming to a close and the government should accordingly focus on the development of infrastructure. He stated that the tourism sector has the potential to generate employment in large numbers and to contribute to the country’s economic growth, adding that if the condition of infrastructure does not change, the idea of bringing 5 million tourists by 2030 will remain a mere slogan.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Maheshwor Neupane, emphasized a need to create new products and find new destinations to attract more tourists and develop tourism in the country. He also said that the further development of Tribhuvan International Airport and the construction of Gautam Buddha Airport and Pokhara Airport will help solve the air traffic problem of Nepal.
The outgoing President of PATA, Suman Pandey, said that Himalayan Travel Mart is a helping hand for tourism development in Nepal, informing that PATA will continue the collaboration. He stated that the related bodies should act to develop the infrastructures alongside the manpower and skill to fulfill the “Vision Five Millennium”, which aims to bring in 5 million tourists to Nepal by 2030.