Newly appointed secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha on Sunday said Nepal needs to diversify its tourism products and services and market and promote it in international market effectively to reap desired benefits from the tourism sector.
“We have abundant tourism potentials. But we are failing to get desired benefits from them in the lack of infrastructures as well as effective marketing and promotion,” he said, adding that: “Focus should be on promoting our products and services in India and China – two emerging markets in the global scene.”
Hailing the role of private sector in tourism development, Shrestha solicited similar support and cooperation from the private sector in future as well. Commenting on the ongoing stalemate in NTB, Shrestha said: “The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is looking into the issue. We will take necessary decision once the constitutional anti-graft body completes its investigation,” he said. “We need a full-functioning NTB for better promotion of tourism products and services.”
On the occasion, representatives of member organizations of JTCC congratulated Secretary Shrestha by offering bouquets and khadas.
Earlier in his inaugural speech, JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Prasad Dhamala briefed Secretary Shrestha about the activities being carried out by JTCC. “The tourism ministry has got a secretary who has studied tourism sector closely during his stint with Nepal’s Permanent Mission in Geneva and Nepal’s Consulate General in Kolkata,” Dhamala said, adding, “We are hopeful that our tourism industry will prosper under Shrestha’s able guidance.”
Similarly, BK Shrestha, president of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), said tourist arrivals have been falling in recent months due to the ongoing stalemate at NTB. “I request you, as the chairman of NTB, to resolve the issue at the earliest,” Shrestha said.
Delivering vote of thanks, DB Limbu, president of NATTA and joint coordinator of JTCC, said the tourism industry won’t come on the track without resolving the impasse in NTB at the earliest.