Tourism minister for holistic approach


KATHMANDU: Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Sharad Singh Bhandari today stressed on a private sector-led mechanism for tourism development in the country. Speaking at an interaction here, he said the emphasis of the budget was on accessibility and marketing of tourism products of the country. “Instead of focusing on trivial issues, we should adopt a holistic approach to promote and develop tourism. Issues of developing and promoting main tourism products including attracting resources based in the Tarai area should be given due priority as the sector has immense potential to attract tourists from far and wide.”

During the interaction organised at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), tourism entrepreneurs also discussed the various issues relating to the tourism industry and Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011. They spoke of the difficulties faced by the private sector and the role of private sector in making NTY 2011 a success.

Talking about attracting tourists, Bhandari said tourism promoting endeavours should focus on neighbouring markets like India and China. He stressed the need for working together in favour of NTY 2011 campaign. On the occasion, During the interaction programme Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) Ram Kaji Koney, Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) president Prasiddha Bahadur Pandey, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) president Jyoti Adhikari, Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) president Basanta Mishra and other tourism entrepreneurs expressed their views about NTY 2011 and stressed on the need to provide a working atmosphere for the private sector in order to allow it to play a leading role in promoting tourism in the country and NTY 2011.

Dragonair to add flights

HONG KONG: Dragonair on Thursday announced that it is frequency increasing flights between Hong Kong and kathmandu to five times a week from the existing thrice-weekly. The new arrangement that will be effcetive to Dhaka and Kathmandu will start from October 1. The night flight to Kathmandu from Hong Kong and the return same midnight flight from Kathmandu will both operate via Dhaka, said Dragonair. The flights will be operated using an A330 aircraft which offers greater capacity for both passengers and cargo. “We are happy to announce increased frequency of our flights to Kathmandu, which will mean better service quality for passengers travelling to and from Nepal,” said Dragonair CEO Kenny Tang. “Increased capacity will help meet NTB’s target of one million tourists in 2011. It will also help increase the number of tours to Nepal via Hong Kong using the extensive worldwide network offered by Dragonair and sister airline Cathay Pacific.” — HNS

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