Tourism under top priority in Fiscal Year 2013/14 budget

Tourists walking through Annapurna Trekking route in Kaski.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-The government is to accord priority to the development of tourism in the budget for the next fiscal year. ‘With the Modernization of farming, tourism development have also been accorded high importance in the next fiscal year’s budget,’ Finance Minister Shankar Prasad Koirala said while sketching the priorities of the budget for the Fiscal Year 2013/14 during a discussion programme in Kathmandu. Minister Koirala said that top priority would be given to tourism along with energy sectors.

On the occasion, tourism experts stressed the need to boost the rural areas bearing higher tourism potentials. Asking the government to come up with a package for the overall development of mountaineering sectors in Nepal, they also outlined to introduce home stay programmes in the rural belt of Nepal to encourage tourism.

Energy, hydro power, creating employment opportunity and poverty reductions, human resources development are other priority sectors of the budget.  Likewise, roads, transport and the Special Economic Zones have been classified under second priority.

In the meantime, the government is planning to diversify the tourism industry with an aim to extend the length of stay of foreign visitors.

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