The government has decided to revive tourism department after finding works of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) unsatisfactory.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) had scrapped the department with the formation of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) 16 years ago under the public-private-partnership model.
With the formation of the board, the tourism ministry had assigned the tasks related to domestic and international marketing and promotion of Nepali tourism products and services to NTB. The department was looking after these tasks before NTB was formed.
But the tourism ministry has decided to re-open the department after concluding that NTB failed to perform its tasks effectively.
Recently, regular works of NTB was affected for nearly two months due to protest against alleged financial irregularities at NTB by different tourism associations led by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC).
The administration committee of the cabinet has already approved the tourism ministry’s proposal to open tourism department.
According to tourism ministry officials, a joint secretary will lead the department as the director general. Similarly, another joint secretary will work as the deputy director general. In the initial phase, the ministry is preparing to transform its Tourism Industry Division into tourism department.
It is learnt that the department will gradually take over activities being carried out by NTB.
At present, the Tourism Industry Division has 58 employees led by a joint secretary.