NTB seeks inputs from pvt sector on annual budget

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday held discussions with private sector on its annual programs and activities.

At the program, NTB officials said they were hoping to mobilize revenue of Rs 951 million in fiscal year 2014/15. NTB’s revenue comes from Tourism Service Fee (TSF) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). TSF is levied on foreign tourists before they depart from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Similarly, TIMS fee is collected from trekkers heading to different trekking areas in Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions.

The projected revenue is up by 57 percent compared to revenue figures of 2013/14.

Representatives of different travel trade associations had participated in the discussion program.

NTB has proposed a significant fund to organize Himalayan International Travel Mart in Kathmandu and to promote Nepal through advertisements in different international media and to organize fam trips for foreign journalists.

Tourism entrepreneurs, especially those affiliated with Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), had waged protest against NTB earlier this year, pressing it to organize Himalayan International Travel Mart instead of National Tourism Fair.

NTB has proposed a budget of Rs 278.6 to promote Nepali tourism products and services in the international market. Its regular programs include promotion of domestic tourism and organizing national fairs in different regions. Similarly, it participates in travel marts, sales missions and road shows in different countries across the globe.

NTB has proposed a budget of Rs 279 million to open its offices in India and China – two major tourist generating markets for Nepal.

This is probably the first time NTB has sought suggestions from the private sector in its annual programs and activities. Relationship between NTB and private sector got bitter when the latter organized protest against then acting CEO of NTB Subash Nirola.

Nirola has been suspended by government as per the direction of the Public Accounts Committee of legislature-parliament.

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