Nepal safe to visit, Government prepares Tourism Recovery Action Plan
Kathmandu: Nepal government and travel trade organizations have appealed tourists around the world to visit Nepal and help Nepalese people to overcome their sufferings.
The major earthquake that hit the country on 25 April and May 12 have destroyed some of the heritage sites of Nepal, mainly heritage sites of Kathmandu valley and Langtang.
The earthquakes have also some impact on other tourism products of Kathmandu, but those archeological heritage sites can brought into lives after minor maintenances.
A release issued by spokesperson Mohan Krishna Sapkota of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) states: “The Government used its resources to assess the condition of major tourism products of Nepal including Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya and Suklalaphanta wildlife safari and beautiful lakes. Nepalese tourism products and destinations are safe and intact. Of all trekking sites and routes of Nepal, Everest Trekking Route (Popularly known as Khumbu Trekking) and Annapuma Trekking Circuit are safe. These routes have least or no impact of quake. "
“Nepal has many places with touristic values and rich cultural traditions. As of now, tourists might have visited Kathmandu and its surroundings. Tourists may be interested to explore other mystical tourism products. There are some must-visit places so that tourists could understand the Himalaya culture and history in depth. It is the high time to explore Nepal and visit virgin destinations of Nepal. We would like to assure that Nepal is safe and secured place to visit,” the statement adds.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has prepared Tourism Recovery Action Plan to bring the tourism industry back on track at the earliest. The action plan includes immediate, mid-term and long term reconstruction, relief and package program for the tourism industry.
Travel and tourism industry has suffered a lot after devastating earthquake of April 25 and May 12. The earthquake caused loss of Rs 5 billion to the tourism sector.
According to secretary of MoCTCA Suresh Man Shrestha, the action plan has been prepared to rebuild and rehabilitate cultural heritage sites, tourist areas and trekking trails damaged by the earthquake and several aftershocks. The government plans reconstruction of damaged cultural heritages, trekking routes, hotels and homestay facilities.
The government has listed trekking trails like Dhunche-Gosaikunda-Helambu, Syafrubesi-Langtang-Kyanjin, Larke Pass-Chekampar, Tsum Valley, Kalinchowk-Bigu Gumba-Charikot, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar, Jiri-Khumbu, Annapurna Circuit, Dhaulagiri trekking route and Dhorpatan trekking routes in priority list for reconstruction.
A consultation meeting on Tourism Recovery held recently by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in coordination with Nepal Tourism Board outlined post quake situation of travel and tourism in the country.
The Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC), formed under the chairmanship of Tulasi Prasad Gautam, Director General at the Department of Tourism (DoT) has identified short- and long-term works for speedy recovery of the tourism industry.
The Rapid Assessment Committee formed under DoT in coordination with the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) will inspect hotels with regards to the strength of their property and their capability to accommodate guests in the context of the recent earthquakes.
Nepal Association of Tour Operators ( NATO ) will survey heritage sites within Kathmandu valley in cooperation with Department of Archaeology .
HAN and Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents ( NATTA ) are coordinating with the private sector to work on offering incentive packages to tourism businesses to enable them to revive and recover damages, and on marketing schemes, discounted packages, and others that will help boost the tourism recovery process.
The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal ( TAAN )will assess damaged trekking routes and recommend to revive trekking business in the country .The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter and other related tourism organizations will work together with TRC to revive tourism industry .
May 18, 2015
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