NATTA team meets with Minister of Tourism, demands the development of urgent infrastructure

23rd Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 23: The Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has urged the government to start immediate long term works for the development of tourism in Nepal, suggesting a number of plans and ideas to do so.

The organization handed over a memorandum to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari which included 11 works that required urgent attention and 17 long-term needs.

A team headed by NATTA President C.N. Pandey handed over the memorandum to Minister Adhikari in a meeting which included the Minister of State Dhan Bahadur Budha, Secretary Krishna Prasad Devkota and CEO of the Tourism Board, Deepak Raj Joshi.

NATTA had demanded the government to give the tourism industry a national priority. President Pandey noted the increasing traffic in the Tribhuvan International Airport due to which flights are being forced to hold in the air for long amounts of time, requesting that the condition be resolved as soon as possible.

Pandey also spoke about the lack of separate tourist bus stops for long-distance tourist buses in major tourism destinations which have caused problems in the tourism sector and sent a negative impression about the country amongst tourists. He urged the government to immediately start installing standard tourist bus stops in major tourism cities including Kathmandu.

He also requested to include the tourism industry under Essential Services Operation Act and provide the industry with the same level of facilities as other emergency services so that tourist buses to operate freely during strikes and shutdowns.

Minister Adhikari responded positively towards the suggestions and said that works that can be initiated immediately will be begun within a few days. He informed that the ministry is planning to initiate a hundred-day and a one-year program for development and added that he would take NATTA's demands and suggestions into careful consideration.

The minister said that economic development is impossible without active involvement of the private sector and that the government is prepared to provide a favorable environment for businesses.