Nepal is celebrating the 34th World Tourism Day by organizing series of programs all over the country.Countries around the world celebrate World Tourism Day every year on September 27 on the call of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The theme for this year´s celebration is ´Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future.´
Organizing a press meet in the capital on September23, officials of tourism ministry and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said the main objective of celebrating World Tourism Day this year is to explore ways to enhance tourism through available water resources in the country.
Speaking at a press meet in Kathmandu, Subash Nirola, acting CEO of NTB, said tourism and water resources are two key sectors for national economy. The celebration this year will focus on raising awareness among people on usability of water resources, he said. Nirola said existing water resources, including public taps, wells, rivers and water spouts, in the capital will be cleaned on the day.
According to the programs unveiled on the day, NTB together with different travel trade associations are also felicitating tourists entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport and other entry points on September 27. Similarly, member hotels of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) will provide 25 percent discount on food to all tourists.
Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) will organize rafting on Trishuli River on September 25 as part of its efforts to promote water tourism. Similarly, the association will organize clean-up program and rafting on Trishuli and Bhotekoshi rivers on September 27. NARA will offer free rafting package to the first two rafters and 25 percent discount to all the rafters.
Awareness rallies, clean up campaigns and bicycle rallies will also be organized on September. Similarly, a street festival will be organized in Thamel. Kathmandu Metropolitan City will allow free entry to foreign tourists visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square on the day.
Similarly, Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) is organizing Inter Media Wall Climbing Competition in the premises of International Mountaineers Memorial Park in Kakani. About 50 people affiliated to different media houses are expected to participate in the event.
NTB has tied up with more than 27 travel trade organizations to celebrate the World Tourism Day.
Speaking at the press meet, Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said tourism promotional programs should not focus on specific days alone. He also said promotional campaigns should be organized on regular basis to attract tourists from all over the world.