NTB marks 15th anniversary

NTBNepal Tourism Board (NTB) has underlined the need to prepare long-term pan for the board for effective tourism promotion.

At a program organized in Kathmandu to celebrate its 15th anniversary, NTB officials said the yearlong plan is simply insufficient to cope with the future challenges.

Along with lack of long-term plan, NTB has identified lack of tourist based infrastructure, adequate information about destinations and tourists, and lack of airplanes and airports as its major challenges.

Addressing the program, Acting CEO of NTB Subash Nirola said a long-term plan will help the board know where its stands and where it plans to be. He also said Nepal needs to build infrastructure and for this the country has to channelize foreign direct investment.
Nirola also said NTB will raise its annual budget to Rs 1 billion in 2014/15 and Rs 2 billion in the next fiscal year.

NTB levies Rs 1,000 per foreign tourist departing Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)) as Tourist Service Fee.

Dhruba Narayan Shrestha, member of the executive board of NTB, said stable government and investment friendly policy is needed to compete with foreign tourist destinations and channelize foreign investment in tourism sector.

Tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire emphasized the need for infrastructure development. He also informed that works for upgradation of Gautam Buddha Airport into a regional international airport would complete by June 2017.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha asked NTB officials to ensure proper utilization of budget.

Meanwhile, NTB signed an agreement with the Department of Immigraiton (DoI) for exchange of data between the two organizations. Acting CEO Nirola and Sharad Chandra Poudel, director general of DoI, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions.

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