Visit Nepal Year 2020: Towards 2020 and Beyond
Kathmandu – Honorable consul, Stakeholders of the tourism industry have recommended the committee of Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 campaign to go beyond. They have advised that to stop selling the same old destinations over the years, and campaign should promote new destinations in the market, hon. consul of various countries for Nepal said during a meeting held today, which was led by Tourism Secretary Mohan Krishna Sapkota.
In the interaction program VNY2020 officials with Hon. Consuls in making VNY successful, VNY Coordinator Suraj Baidya, Present activities and planning of VNY, VNY is not for only 2020, it beyond. He said It’s an opportunities to find and develop new destination, new investment and create job opportunities. In the occasion to 2020 campaign, we should make a remarkable change in tourism infrastructure. VNY needs to go beyond regular destinations.
Speaking at the meeting, Ambica Shrestha, chairperson of Dwarika’s Hotel and Resort, said “Currently, our policies and programs are more focused on number of tourists than the earnings from tourists,” she said, “It is an apt moment now to go beyond old destinations and bring new products like Wildlife tourism, meditation, and yoga.” And she suggested the VNY committee to take initiative to preserve the originality of tourist destinations conduct programs and introduce unique products that could persuade tourists to spend more.
In the same program, Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, “The VNY committee should not only focus on programs for 2020. It rather has to go beyond that and work for sustainable development.” And he suggested the VNY committee to work on promoting mountains for climbing and trekking. Rather than commenting on the overcrowding in the mountains, Sherpa urged the committee to cooperate with the tourism ministry to manage the system and policy.
Stakeholders have recommended promoting various tourism products for the development of a new approach like as a shopping destination as well as for sports tourism. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs have also said that the VNY committee should work with new products.
And Honorable consuls of various nations have suggested improving easy visa process, suffering activities of Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), dusty road, climate change effect, unnecessary fees on tourism destinations.
After the feedback and comments of stockholder Tourism Secretary Sapkota, said “We are putting all our efforts to make this campaign successful. So, we will be improving our works by addressing the suggestions of the private sector,” and he assured them that the government would address their suggestions to make the VNY campaign successful. He added that the major objective of this campaign is to implement programs for sustainable development of the tourism industry.
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