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December 26, 2020

VITOF on tourism revival and promotion of rural tourism mission

Pokhara: The Village Tourism Promotion Forum Nepal (VITOF-Nepal), Gandaki Province chapter has initiated a four-day tourism revival and village tourism promotion programme from today.

The four-day programme aims to bring back to life the tourism sector that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the programme, a team comprising officials from the tourism sector and journalists will carry out a promotional visit to the tourism villages in Kaski, Parbat and Baglung districts where the home stay service has been run.

The visit of the team is expected to give a message of reviving tourism activities, VITOF Gandaki Province chapter chair Nawaraj Adhikari said. In course of the visit, the team will reach the Righa Community Homestay at Galkot, the Shivadhuri Community Homestay at Tarakhola, the Atithi Satkar Community Homestay at Bhakunde and the homestay at Dhorpatan in Baglung district; the Bhuka Deurali Community Homestay and Labsibot Community Homestay in Parbat district and the Hemjakot Community Homestay in Kaski district.

The team will also hold interaction and discussions with the stakeholders of these homestay. While inaugurating the visit programme, Gandaki Province Minister for Industry, Tourism and Environment Bikas Lamsal, pointed out the need of mobilizing the tourism sector.

The tourism sector is the worst-hit sector due to COVID-19 outbreak for about 10 months in the country. He added that the tourism sector was one of the attractive and effective sectors in the Province.

The Tourism Council chair Gopi Bahadur Bhattarai opined to revive the sector with the support of all sectors and sides. VITOF Gandaki Province vice chair and Programme coordinator Surya Nath Pahari and Uday Subedi argued that such promotional programmes will energize the tourism sector in the country (RSS)

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