Stakeholders seek promotion of Nepali tourism in South Asian Region

5th Jul, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 5: Nepali domestic tourism stakeholders has stressed on the measures that tends to connect Nepal’s Tourism to the South Asian Countries which ultimately will boost the economy of the country as well as the number of tourists in the country.

The stakeholders expressed their concerns and interest in a program organized to mark the 94th birth anniversary of Late Girija Prasad Koirala. They had a wider concern over Nepal;s inability to reap the benefits of increasing trend of outbound tourists from South Asian countries, especially India and also from neighbouring China. They further expressed urgency to adopt effective measures to attract South Asian tourists in Nepal.

The event was organized by GPK Foundation in association with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

“While the tourism industry in other South Asian nations is booming, tourism growth in Nepal has not been satisfactory. The government should immediately develop special tourism packages in the country targeting outbound tourists of other countries in the region,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), said.

Addressing the programme, Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Shankar Prasad Adhikari said that Nepal can reap the benefit of regional tourism growth only after ensuring sound tourism infrastructure in the country.

“We have immense prospect to draw tourists from China, India and Sri Lanka as the number of outbound tourists from these countries is increasing every year. However, our infrastructure including air connectivity and road conditions are weak,” said Adhikari, adding that the government should be serious towards developing sound tourism infrastructure while private sector should develop wide range of tourism products.

The data maintained by MoCTCA shows that Nepal receives 5.7 per cent of the total outbound tourists from South Asian countries. Similarly, the average length of stay of tourists in Nepal is 13.4 days and average spending is $695.