Nepal observes 38th World Tourism Day earlier

25th Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 25: Nepal on Monday observed 38th World Tourism Day by organizing various programs in Kathmandu. Though the tourism day falls on 27 of September, Nepal proponed the day citing Dashain Festival as the reason behind.

A procession took off from Thamel to Nepal Tourism Board participated by officials of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board, tourism colleges and tourism associations.

A formal program was organized at Nepal Tourism Board chaired by Mr. Maheshwor Neupane, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Coordinator of 38th World Tourism Day 2017 Program Implementation Sub-Committee.

Mr. Neupane distributed the awards to Highest Foreign Currency Earner for FY 2073/74. In the travel sector, it was given to Flight Connection, and in trekking, it was given to Himalayan Encounter.

Soaltee Crowne Plaza and Nepal Airlines received the award for hotel and airlines sector respectively. For Highest Contributor for Sustainable Tourism Development, the award was given to Changragiri Cable Car. During the program, a cultural show was presented.

On the occasion of World Tourism Day2017, Village Tourism Forum Nepal announced three villages as model village for sustainable tourism. Salang – Dhading, Pitlek – Syanja and Kunchhal - Makawanpur are named as model village. These villages provide homestay for domestic and international tourists with their unique hospitality.

Addressing the function Mr. Maheshwor Neupane, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation expressed his happiness over tourist arrivals saying that it is expected to reach one million by the end of this year.

He further added that there is a need to focus on India and China with creative ideas to entice tourists from there. He also spoke about the performance audit of tourism sector to make it more effective in future.