Post-Election Excitement in Tourism Sector

23rd Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: The completion of local-level and state assembly elections has been followed by growing excitement in the tourism sector.

Interest groups are excited to see political stability begin to emerge in a country that has invested large amounts in the hotel business, as it heralds an increase in the number of incoming tourists.

According to the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), more than 5 billion rupees has been invested in Nepal’s hotel industry. A recent report by Nepal Rastra Bank states the country currently has 67,489 hotel beds, which can host 2.5 million tourists yearly.

While private investment keeps increasing in the tourism sector, the inflow of tourists could improve drastically if the government makes improvement in the aviation sector, and also develops and improves the country’s roads.

The General Secretary of HAN, Binayak Shah, said that the renovation of roads to China and India, quality development of Tribhuvan International Airport, and diligent completion of Bhairahawa International Airport and Pokhara Regional International Airport would help the tourism industry greatly.

Tourism-related organizations like the umbrella organization of tourism sector, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Nepal Association of Tour and Travels (NATTA), Hotel Association of Nepal(HAN), and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) have been engaged in national and international activities to promote tourism in Nepal.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is also increasing its promotion activities while encouraging partnerships with the private sector. CEO of the organization, Deepak Raj Joshi, said that NTB is currently focused on digital marketing of Nepalese tourism. The private sector, amidst its increasing investment, is conducting international-level promotional events with the hope that the government will be motivated to develop the necessary infrastructure to allow tourism to flourish.

PATA Nepal, which has been active in spreading Nepalese mountain and trekking tourism across the world, is working on promotional campaigns with the slogan, “Vision Five Millennial”. In its recently conducted 41st General Meeting, it declared its plans to bring in large numbers of tourists in Nepal by conducting international tourism-related activities. It recently conducted its international-level program “Himalaya Travel Mart – 2017” to great success.

Newly-elected President of PATA, Sunil Shakya, said that the private sector would be more willing to invest if the government worked to develop tourism infrastructure, airports, and road networks. He stressed the need for the government and private sector to work together at this crucial period of time.

TAAN President Nawaraj Dahal stresses on the need for all tourism-related organizations to work together to promote trekking and mountaineering tourism in Nepal.

The tourism sector in Nepal, which was seriously limited in the past few years by natural disasters and economic blockade, is finally appearing to turn around. Tourism-related statistics of present time shows an optimistic picture. It has been estimated that the year 2017 will bring in 1 million tourists in Nepal.

The largest record of tourists entering Nepal was 800,000 in 2012. The government aims to bring in 2 million tourists by 2020.