Tourism Minister Shrestha's discussion with mayor of Kathmandu valley
5th Aug, 2022 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Aug 05:Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Jeevan Ram Shrestha has discussed the revival and promotion of the tourism sector with the mayor of metropolises and municipalities in Kathmandu Valley.
Minister Shrestha discussed the possibilities of tourism, revitalization, challenges of tourism development and their solutions with the heads of metropolises and municipalities.
Minister Shrestha said that for the development of tourism, there should be coordination and integrated planning between the three levels of government.
He told the action plan of the ministry to revitalize the tourism sector and said that the collective commitment of the metropolis and municipalities of the valley is also necessary.
He said that they should proceed with cooperation by giving information about the matters to be done in coordination with the local level in the action plan.
Under the Tourism Revival Action Plan, there is a plan to start night heritage tours in Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur.
Besides, he said that there is a plan to connect Swayambhunath Temple and Hanumandhoka Durbar area, which are listed in the World Heritage List, to the heritage walk, and to facilitate the tourist transportation, to operate the 'Hope On Hop Off' city bus in collaboration with the private sector, and he expected support from the local level.
He also said that a national sanitation campaign is going to be conducted in important tourist places.
Construction of toilets and rest rooms at tourist arrival points, operation of electric buses from the airport to key places in the valley, one-door entry system for the convenience of tourists visiting the main historical monuments in the valley, construction of tourist bus park and other issues were discussed.
Also, on that occasion, the challenge of starting and promoting night tourism was also discussed.
The heads of the metropolis and municipalities expressed their opinion about possible cooperation in the construction of waste management, archeological and cultural footpaths, cycling and other tourism infrastructure in Kathmandu Valley.
They were also informed about the possibilities in their municipal area from a heritage and tourism point of view.
They emphasized on the need to proceed with a common plan in the protection of tourist areas, infrastructure development and management.
Minister Shrestha said that since there are innumerable tangible cultures and heritages in Kathmandu valley, the ministry will coordinate with the local governments to promote them.
Kathmandu Metropolitan Municipality Chief Balen Shah, Lalitpur Metropolitan Municipality Chief Chiribabu Maharjan, Bhaktapur Municipality Chief Sunil Prajapati, Godavari Municipality Chief Gajendra Maharjan, Tokha Municipality Chief Prakash Adhikari, Dakshinkali Municipality Chief Mohan Basnet and others were present in the discussion.
The ministry has recently announced the tourism sector revitalization action plan and has already started the implementation.