The newly-appointed Nepal Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai rolled out his one-year work plan for the development of the tourism sector at a press conference he organized on August 26, 2019.
Informing media at the press meet, Bhattarai said that drafts for new acts will be prepared soon. He also told media that he is ready to complete all the listed tasks within the given time and efficiently, as he has a strong team to rely on.
“In order to bring about changes in the tourism, culture and civil aviation sector, we have to usher in changes to our legal provisions and policies. In this one year, cultural, tourism and civil aviation acts will be amended and we will draft new provisions if needed.” he said.
Revealing his plans for Nepal’s Civil Aviation sector, the Minister said that domestic passengers above 70 years will receive a discount of 50 percent on their airfare. The Tourism Ministry will hold talks with related stakeholders to implement this policy, said Bhattarai.
Minister Bhattarai also said that the Ministry will form new legal provisions and improve old policies in line with the European Union air safety standards to remove Nepal from the air safety blacklist.
Among other plans for Nepal’s Tourism Sector, the Tourism Minister will introduce the following:
“Moreover, new VIP movement criteria will be introduced at TIA to address the congestion and traffic jams during VIP movements,” Bhattarai added.
With the aim to make the Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 successful, the Tourism Ministry is planning the following:
Through the Global Tourism Minister’s Conclave, the Nepal Tourism Ministry plans to inaugurate VNY 2020 in the presence of various countries tourism ministers.
With so many promising initiatives in line, the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign is likely to achieve its target of 2 million tourists.