Stakeholders stress on joint effort to promote tourism

Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) Western Regional Association’s 22nd general assembly stressed on a joint effort among the concerned stakeholders for the overall development of tourism sector.

Speakers at the programme held in Pokhara on Monday noted that Nepal remains a country with unbounded possibilities in tourism sector and called for making tourism related laws and regulations ‘tourism friendly’.

Regional Administrator, Yam Kumari Khatiwada, also stressed on joint effort from tourism entrepreneurs, associations and government authorities.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO, Deepak Raj Joshi, took the occasion to bring into relief the fact that many tourism destinations in the country remained untapped due to lack of publicity. Joshi vehemently called for publicity and promotion of such places.

The NTB Chief was of the opinion of establishing a travel mart as a necessary step forward for publicity of tourism destinations.

NATTA Western Regional Association Chairman, Dilli Prasad Gautam, said Nepal’s tourism sector was gradually returning to its earlier state following a setback from massive earthquake and blockade. He said the banks’ decision to increase the interest rate had hurt the tourism entrepreneurs in such a scenario.

NATTA Chairman, Madhusudan Acharya, spoke of the necessity to prioritize the programmes such as travel mart to promote Nepal’s tourism in the world market. RSS