Promote home tourism

Experts on Saturday said that tourism stakeholders should promote domestic tourism in order to forge a national integrity.

Jagadish Chandra Pokhrel, former vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC), said that it was imperative to carry out people-to-people mobilisation. “A message reflecting territorial, ethnical and cultural identity should be spread across the country.”

“The Nepal Tourism Year 2011 (NTY-2011) should not only concentrate on bringing in foreign tourists but also focus on attracting domestic tourists that will help integrate people and strengthen national sovereignty,” said Pokhrel.

Kedar Bhakta Shrestha, former secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the national campaign should at least mobilise 15 percent domestic tourists.

He said that there are about 30-35 percent population have higher income in the country. Mobilisation of these people to different places will provide economic and income generating opportunity to the rural areas.

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