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World Tourism Day to be marked amidst zeal

Logo of World Tourism Day 2013 with slogan "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future". Photo:unmultimedia.org
Logo of World Tourism Day 2013 with slogan “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”. Photo:unmultimedia.org

KATHMANDU, Nepal- The government has planned to celebrate the 34th World Tourism Day 2013, organizing various programmes. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started preparations for the celebration that include various activities in coordination with various tourism agencies.

World Tourism Day is marked on September 27 every year throughout the globe. The global theme of this year’s WTD is ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future’.

In preparations for celebrating the WTD 2013, a meeting of tourism stakeholders was held in the capital on Friday.

Speaking at the meeting, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushil Ghimire said that the government has planned to celebrate this year WTD with innovative activities with broader participation of tourism stakeholders.

Secretary Ghimire said that this year’s global theme of WTD is relevant to Nepal as there is high potential of utilizing water resources of the country for the development of tourism.

He urged various tourism associations to come up with innovative programmes related to this years theme of WTD.

Subash Niraula, acting chief executive officer of NTB, said that NTB will focus on creative programmes for celebrating WTD.

He urged tourism associations to launch special package offers targeting domestic and international tourists on the occasion of WTD.

On the occasion, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) and Tourist Guide Association Nepal (TURGAN) expressed their commitments to introduce special offers targeting domestic and international tourists on the occasion of WTD.

Cleaning and conservation of traditional water sources and spouts of the Kathmandu Valley are planned to mark the day.

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