Tourism associations working to attract two million tourists by 2020

23rd Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

POKHARA, Jan 23: An interaction program between tourism associations was organized by Nepal Tourism Board Pokhara to discuss the development of tourism sector, on Sunday. The program was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation as well as the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN).

CEO of NTB, Deepak Raj Joshi, revealed that 1,060,000 foreign tourists visited Nepal last year in the aftermath of 2015 earthquake. According to him, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is moving ahead with the aim of increasing the number of foreigner tourists visiting the country to two million. He said, “Although the earthquake has damaged national heritage in some districts affecting the overall improvement in tourism sector of the country, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal increased last year.”

Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Maheshwar Neupane, said that the government is aiming to attract two million foreign tourists by 2020. He said the government is moving ahead with the policy of the reconstruction of physical infrastructures and cultural heritage.

A parliamentary member, Rabindra Adhikari, said the government would process to expedite road construction as well as under-construction airports and development of water resources. He claimed that development would gain momentum with the formation of new government.

Chairperson of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara, Deepak Adhikari said, “The government is reluctant to assist the development of tourism sector despite the fact that the sector is the base for the economic development of the country.”