IIFA 2019 in Nepal: NTB Safeguarded Govt’s Decision
– Dipak Nishchal/Nepalayatimes
Kathmandu – The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has stood on the support of Government decision to contribute Rs 1 billion for the Indian award ‘International Indian Film Academy Award (IIFA)’ with conducting a press conference on Sunday. Public, Tourism Entrepreneurs and artists had hugely criticized government decision.
Deepakraj Joshi, CEO of NTB said that like as a market clamor the expenditure isn’t being spent from the state’s treasures, Kathmandu Metropolitan Municipality, Tourism Board and private sector will be joined hand to conduct this event.
According to the board, that’s preliminary expanding 44 million from Nepal’s side and spending more than 60 million for accommodation, Airfare from the place of India to Kathmandu, Local transport and security added. To formulate a special team to be spent this amount said, Joshi.
Joshi said that the government has decided to organize the 20 edition of the IFA Award for Tourism Promotion and targeting to Nepal Visit Year 2020. Board has taken responsibility of coordinator and of Kathmandu metropolis as sub-coordinator of the award program. And 17 members committee has been constituted in the coordination of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister for its coordination and management cooperation. In this committee NTB, Kathmandu Metropolis, FNCCI, Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Association of Nepal, and other officials from the ministry has included.
In the press conference, Chief Executive Officer Joshi said that the expenditure could be higher than the prescribed expenditure so that we have not disclosed any information about the expenditure in the award. This program will be held at the Military stadium from mid-august to August last.
Wizcraft Company has been organizing this award. So Nepalese make the question that why has Nepal opposed a large amount of money in the program organized by the private company? Josh said that the award will be spent for $ 16 million for the IIFA award and to spend $ 4 million (near to 440 million Nepali currencies) from Nepal.
In a question from a journalist about security challenges, Joshi said that we are in conversation about it, defiantly it will be managed because we are conducting this event to promote Nepal with targeting government aim of VNY 2020.
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