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Govt. prepares for strategic tourism plans

Boats at the bank of Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Photo: File photo
Boats at the bank of Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Photo: File photo

KATHMANDU, Nepal – With an aim to generate at least one million new job opportunities, the government is mulling over giving its tourism strategic plans a final shape.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that it is almost prepared to launch the ten year strategic plans that will give the national tourism sector a new shape.

The National Tourism Strategic Plan Nepal that is being formulating for the first time in the country will get a final shape by this month. According to spokesperson at Tourism Ministry, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, the plan has been made in such a way that will support the government’s preparation to welcome at least two million tourists by 2020 through its ‘Vision Twenty’ plan.

The ministry is working on ten years strategic and five years working plans targeting the period from 2014 to 2023.

Tourism Secretary as Chairman and representatives from different tourism related organizations including Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Trekking Agents’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agencies (NATTA) along with secretary of the concerned ministries have jointly worked for the plans that the ministry is implementing in assistance of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

The plans mainly focused on development of tourism infrastructure, improvements in policies, human resource development and qualitative improvements, advertising and marketing, participation of the community and overall social reforms above all other factors.

 

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