Hotel Association Nepal has requested political parties to prioritize tourism

Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hotel Association NepalOct 31st of this year, Hotel Association Nepal or Han on Monday requested the main political parties to put special emphasis on the tourism development of the country in their election manifestos for the forthcoming federal and provincial elections. The hotel industry, the umbrella organization of the country explained that as all provinces had plenty of hope in terms of tourism development, the party’s manifestos should endorse programs related to sustainable tourism to profit the people.

“As we cannot compete with other countries in trade, we have to realize that tourism holds a strong basis to generate jobs and income,” said Lila Mani Pokhrel, the CPN (Maoist Centre) leader, while delivering a speech at a programme entitled Tourism Industry: A Base for Sustainable Economic Development. “We have abundant potential for developing health and education tourism besides our natural tourism prospects.”

Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat explained that Nepal required to target on luring tourists from two giant economies of the world namely,—India and China.


“Attracting a small fraction of tourists from these two neighbouring countries could vitalize our economy.” He mentioned that the tourism of Nepal had taken a huge jump forward in the past two decades. However, it was still not adequate.

CPN-UML leader Surya Thapa explained that their election manifesto comprise ambitious plan to lure over five million tourists in the coming five years. “To realize this plan, we need to focus on developing infrastructure.”


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