Tourism Minister Kirati insists on implementing new approach for tourism development
KATHMANDU, Oct 02: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, has stressed the need for applying a new approach in the development of Nepal's tourism industry.
In his address to the 45th General Assembly of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Sunday, Minister Kirati said Nepal's tourism industry can thrive if it remains vibrant throughout the year.
He proposed the idea of promoting tourist arrivals during the off-season, which spans from the month of Jetha to Bhadra (mid-May to mid-September). Minister Kirati acknowledged that political instability had hindered the pace of tourism development in Nepal.
According to him, Nepal's tourism will see significant progress if we can welcome even less than one percent of the population of our close neighbors India and China. He also highlighted the urgency to upgrade three international airports in Nepal to promote the arrival of tourists.
The event was attended by Minister of State for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Sushila Sirpali Thakuri, as well as key figures from the Nepal Tourism Board, including Vice-Chair Chandra Prasad Rijal and Executive Officer Dr Dhananjaya Regmi. TAAN Chair Nilhari Bastola was also present on the occasion.