Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation stated that the government of Nepal will promote 100 new tourist destinations from the coming fiscal year. The planned programs would be formulated and implemented for tourism promotion also in view of the decision to mark 2020 as the Visit Nepal Year, added Minister Adhikari.
Minister Adhikari also stated that every province will have at least 10 new tourist destinations, responding to the queries raised over the appropriation bill related to his Ministry at the Parliament. The government plans to expedite the reconstruction of quake-damaged heritage sites, promotion of homestay and religious sites, and tourism publicity in the neighboring countries India and China added Minister Adhikari.
To reduce the pressure on the country’s only international airport – Tribhuvan International Airport and to ensure quality service, the airport has been opened for 21 hours daily from May 21, according to him. As per the minister, construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport could be completed in three years, construction of Nijgadh International Airport in Bara would be advanced, and Gautam Buddha Airport which is under construction would be completed within a year.
A plan was taking place to construct a major airport in every province keeping in mind its relevance in boosting tourism. Minister Adhikari informed that direct flight service would operate from Nepalgunj to New Delhi after three months. Efforts were on to establish flight routes to different cities of China as well.
Likewise, the program to promote 100 new tourist destinations, would be launched in a planned manner to promote tourism in Rara and Khaptad area. Under the Ministry, five national pride projects would be given top priority and budget allocated accordingly.
Reference: Himalayan Times