Heritage sites to open for for travellers , Tourism Recovery initiaties
Kathmandu : Nepal government plans to open world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley for tourists from June 15.
A meeting of Tourism Recovery Committee held here with participation of officials of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism, Department of Archaeology, archeological experts, Presidents of the tourism organizations and Nepal Tourism Board discussed post-earthquake effects on tourism sector of the country.
Director General of the Department of Archaeology Bhesh Narayan Dahal confirmed that the DoA will open Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square for the tourists officially on June 15. He further added that Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha and Pashupatinath were safe enough to take the tourists for sightseeing .
Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation emphasized on necessity for international media marketing and FAM trips for celebrities, tour operators and travel writers to Nepal.
Issues on restoring and rebuilding the heritage sites maintaining the sensibility and authenticity of the nation’s cultural history were also discussed at the meeting.
Tourism Recovery Initiatives
Earlier ,travel professionals explored and exchanged idea on tourism recovery initiatives in the aftermath of 25/04 Earthquake.
Addressing an interactive session, PATA(Pacific Asia Travel Association) International Vice President Andrew Jones suggested to use the expertise of professionals, to have more promotional programs, and engage celebrities.
He further assured to mobilize PATA Network to help Nepal to overcome recent crisis. PATA plans to recommend an action oriented plan on tourism promotion and recovery activities.
Andrew shared his work of experience of recovery works in Tsunami in Thailand, Bombing in Bali, and recent crisis of the Philippines.
Another expert of PATA Bert Van Walbeek made a presentation on process of recovery plans. He urged Nepali tourism stakeholders to be positive and suggested to provide additional services to the visitors instead of discount packages .
He also shared the experience of Egypt, Bali, Thailand and Japan and highlighted the programs and plans that helped these destinations recover quickly.
National Planning Commission member Dr. Chandra Mani Adhikari opined that the input of the PATA experts would help Nepal to formulate short-term, mid-term, and long-term plans for tourism. recovery.
Similarly,Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary at Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation highlighted on the formation and programs being carried out by the Tourism Recovery Committee.
Basanta Mishra, PATA Secreatry , appreciated PATA Nepal and TRC's work as a right initiative taken at the right time. He believed that if things go smooth, Nepal’s tourism can bounce back in the upcoming season starting from September.
Senior travel professionals Ms. Ambika Shrestha, Bijaya Amatya, TAAN vice President Keshav Pandey, TURGAN President Hare Ram Baral, Dr. Rajiv, Tilak Lama, Bimal Kadel, Walter stressed on joint action for tourism development.
President of PATA Nepal Chapter and spokeperson of Tourism Recovery Committee Suman Pandey highlighted on celebrity engagement and other activities.
Administrative Chief of Nepal Tourism Board Ramesh K. Adhikari said : ' Repairing for now and preparing for tomorrow can be done by stakeholder's common effort and joint initiative.'
A recovery plan, with clear guidelines and action plan, is to be prepared by mid- June 2015 with joint initiative of PATA International and Tourism Recovery Committee uplift Nepal's tourism ahead.
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"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction caused by the devastating earthquakes in Nepal and are offering the people and the government of Nepal our ongoing support. We will continue to provide emergency assistance as needed and are ready to consider requests for bi- and multilateral financial and technical support as well as reconstruction assistance in alignment with the priorities of the Nepalese government. We strive to contribute to the restoration of lost and damaged cultural treasures."
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