Tourism Minister under pressure to increase tourist intake

18th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 18: The CPN (UML) party has declared before the local level elections to bring 5 million tourists in the next 10 years. The manifesto was given to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari.

In the year 2017, there were 1 million tourists visiting Nepal, which is not enough. Adhikari has decided to bring 1.5 million tourists by the year 2020. Earlier, they had target to bring 2 million tourists during that period. However, as Adhikari was appointed as the minister, the target has reduced the target by 500 million. It is also clear that the efforts being made by the government are now focused to increase tourists. Though there is a great scope of tourism in our country, due to weak geographic condition we are unable to meet the target.

"Remittances now are constantly decreasing. I believe that this loss can be balanced out by increasing tourism revenues," said Adhikari. He also said that he was aiming to bring the contribution of tourism sector to 25 per cent of GDP.

They say that the government should emphasize the construction of the airport. "If the government intensifies the construction of roads and airports, tourist arrivals will increase," said PATA Nepal's former president Suman Pandey. "By 2030, if Nepal attracts 5 million tourists, then no one will have to go to abroad in the search of work, so the government should keep this in priority," he said.