Kathmandu: Village Tourism Promotion Forum (VTOF) declared three new tourist destinations during a program held in Kathmandu Friday to mark the occasion of World Tourism Day. The three destinations declared for the year 2019/20 include:
- Ghunsa village of Faktang Lung Rural Municipality-6 in Taplejung
- Chalis village of Ruby Valley Rural Municipality-4 in Dhading
- Phaperkhet of Kathekhola Rural Municipality -4 in Baglung
The executive chairman of VTOF Deepak Dahal said that one new destination is declared every year to promote homestays in Nepal. The destinations declared last year were Murma village of Mugu, Chorambha of Ramechap, and Rainas Kot of Lamjung.
Speaking during the same program VTOF chairman said that new destinations are being declared after a detailed study of the possibility of tourism. Dahal also argued that VTOF has been initiating observation and monitoring of homestays, holding training, and making regular communication and interactions with homestay related organizations frequently. The VTOF has also been studying about homestay trekking trails in those villages which hold the possibilities of tourism.
State Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dhan Bahadur Budha during the program gave away the destination certificates to the three village representatives.
The main organizing committee of World Tourism Day also honored various high achievers of tourism-related organizations in the program.
Buddha Air has been honored for paying the highest tax in the fiscal year of the 2075/076. Similarly, Qatar airlines honored for bringing the highest number of foreign passengers in Nepal.
Flight Connection Domestic Pvt ltd is honored for earning the maximum foreign currency, while Soaltee Hotel is honored for creating the jobs and Kalinchowk Darshan Pvt Ltd honored for tourism destination.
Likewise, Bakery café is honored for enabling maximum physically disabled persons and employing them. Seven Summit Treks and Fishtail Air are honored for fulfilling social responsibility.
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