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January 16, 2022

NTB holds discussions with donors

Kathmandu. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has discussed with the donor body and diplomatic mission to formulate a new strategy for sustainable tourism in the new situation.

The NTB, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), informed about the work being done across the country under the Sustainable Tourism Project for the revival of livelihood and stated that the Nepal Tourism Revival Strategy 2021 has been worked out with the donor agencies and diplomatic missions.

During the program, information was provided about the Nepal Tourism Revival Strategy 2021, Tourist Vehicle Operation Guidelines, and Food and Beverage Service Standards prepared by the Board.

In the program organized in Kathmandu on Friday, the executive head of the tourism board and the national project director of the project, Dr. Dhananjay Regmi informed that the Nepal Tourism Board has done various constructive works in the midst of the transition of Covid- 19 and its impact.”Covid-19 has been a difficult time for all of us in the past. But we also did some creative work. In which we continued the work of tourist search and rescue, social awareness work in the promotion of domestic tourism, travel protocol update, due to which the board received the Wonder List Award in the UK. Due to the new variant of Covid-19, the situation does not seem to be getting better immediately. Although there is a need to do something to save the region, new partners are needed, so I urge the donor community to cooperate. Regmi said”.

He said that the project has created short-term employment for about 6,000 tourism workers, construction of 19 hiking routes, construction of 15 kilometers of cycle lanes, reconstruction of 75 kilometers of trekking routes and 57 kilometers of new development, construction of six tourist shelters, construction of seven wooden bridges and maintenance of 11.

He said that it has also developed new products for tourism. The project, in collaboration with 38 municipalities in 23 districts, worked from Kanchenjunga in the east to Kanchanpur in the far west and from Lumbini, Janakpur in the Terai to Humla Dolpa and Solukhumbu in the mountains at an altitude of about 5,000 meters. Speaking on the occasion, Ison Lawe, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), recalled that UNDP has been working with the Nepal Tourism Board since its inception.

During the program, Maniraj Lamichhane, Director of the Board and National Project Coordinator of the project, spoke to organizations related to tourism including Trekking Agencies Associations of Nepal (TAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agencies (NATA), Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA) and others.

He mentioned that not only short-term employment has been created but also tourism products have been prepared in collaboration with the local level bodies. He said that it would play an important role in sustainable tourism development. Representatives from organizations including UNDP, World Bank, IFC, USAID, SNV, UN-Habitat, Malaysian Embassy in Nepal have participated in the program.

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