Newly appointed tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha today asked the tourism entrepreneurs to diversify tourism products and services to promote Nepal in international market effectively
“We have huge tourism potentials,” he said, adding, “But we are failing to get desired benefits due to lack of infrastructures as well as effective marketing and promotion. “We should focus on promoting our products and services in India and China – two emerging markets in the global scene.”
He also hailed the role of private sector in tourism development.
Likewise, he also said that the government will take appropriate decision after the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) once completes its probe against the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). “We need a full-functioning board for better promotion of tourism,” he added.
Ccordinator of Joint Tourism Coordination Committee Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, on the occasion, apprised the secretary of the committee’s performance. Welcoming the Shrestha, he said that the tourism entrepreneurs are happy that the secretary has studied and worked closely with tourism sector during his stint with Nepal’s Permanent Mission in Geneva and Nepal’s Consulate General in Kolkata.
Requesting the secretary to rsolve the problems with the board, as the chairman of the board, president of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) BK Shrestha said that tourist arrivals have been falling in recent months due to stalemate at the board.
President of NATTA DB Limbu, on the occasion, said that the tourism industry will suffer more, if the current impasse in the board could not be resolved at the earliest.