Jun 17, 2024

Advance Tourism Development Strategies: Former Ambassadors

Advance Tourism Development Strategies: Former Ambassadors

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: At a program organized jointly by Non Resident Nepalese Association, Tourism Promotion Committee together with Europe Nepal Chamber of Commerce for Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board, former ambassadors shared their experiences, expertise and vision to find ways for tourism development.  The former ambassadors emphasized that branding of the country should be done along with the development of infrastructure for the promotion of Nepal's tourism. They also pointed out the importance of coordination between the Nepali embassies abroad, the Ministry of Tourism, the Board and non-resident Nepali associations to bring foreign tourists and tourism associations in Nepal to maximize the potential of tourism to the country.  

The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr Sudan Kirati synthesized the suggestions of the former ambassadors and said that the ministry will make policy arrangements and necessary work plan will be carried out. He also urged Nepal to priotize original and indigenous type of tourism with its typical identity. "Tourism should be developed with culture, local knowledge and taste. Tourism development cannot be imagined without indigenous taste'. He highlighted to rethink tourism differently.  

Secretary of the Ministry Mr Suresh Adhikari, said that since the Ministry of Tourism Policy and Act is in the process of amendment, it is expected that the demands of the diplomatic sector and businessmen will be addressed after the amendment. He also made it clear that such programs will be organized in future and the vision will be collected from the ambassadors and experts.
Former Ambassadors Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Mr Mohan Krishna Shrestha, Mr Madhu Raman Acharya, Ms Lucky Sherpa, Dr. Anjan Shakya, Mr Ramesh Koirala, Mr Ramesh Prasad Khanal, Mr Pradhumna Bikram Shah, Mr Bhim Udas, Mr Yuba Nath Lamsal, Mr Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Mr Deepak Dhital, Mr Jhabindra Aryal mentioned that tourism is an important sector for the economic development of Nepal and suggested that there should be a comprehensive work plan and priority mechanism to promote Nepal globally, which according to them couldn't got advanced despite efforts from various quarters.

Mr Som Sapkota, Chair of NRNA Tourism Promotion Committee, informed that the program was organized with the conviction that tourism plans and strategies of other nations could be compiled and integrated in a way Nepal deems them suitable in its soil. He also stressed on the need to foster a culture of collaboration and coordination of all stakeholders for the promotion of tourism in Nepal.

HAN Senior Vice President Mr Binayak Shah pointed out the possibilities to make country prosperous with due investment and prioritization in the sector of tourism. For this tourism associations would leave no stone unturned, he viewed.

In the program, Laxman Gautam, acting market director of the board, informed about the work being done by the board for tourism promotion and emphasized on policy clarity and unified system for tourism development in Nepal.

Mr Deepesh Man Shakya, coordinator of Europe-Nepal Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, informed that after the same program, a 10-point declaration for coordination and cooperation for the promotion of tourism in Nepal was also issued. He focused on the implementation and consistency of programs to achieve the target. Advancing Nepal's tourism needs collaboration and Nepal needs to implement its own tourism programs in the country for sustainability and message in the global tourism market, he underlined.