In a bid to promote more tourism activity in the country, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called for early completion of the Gautama Buddha International Airport (GBIA).
The President said this while addressing the 14th Anniversary of Lumbini Buddhist University in Butwal on December 09, 2018.
“I request the government to work in cooperation with the local community and the private sector for the development of tourism industry in the country,” reads the President’s statement.
She also urged for the early development of Ramagram & Devdaha of Nawalparasi and Tilaurakot of Kapilvastu as key to the tourism development under master plan for Lumbini.
Bhandari said linking of Lumbini with other tourism destinations and forming a Buddhist tourist circuit are very important for the country.
On the occasion, the President also highlighted the need for development of LBU into a world-class academic institution for spreading the message of peace and harmony.
“This university should not be limited on investigation and promotion of knowledge created during the Buddhist era. But this university also needs to bring new knowledge and information in the world,” said Bhandari.
In his address, Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari urged the University should expand its academic portfolio to cover subjects like Hotel Management, Travel & Tourism and Buddhist education.
“The cabinet has taken a decision of providing five percent income of Lumbini Development Fund to the university. Government will introduce major plans for the development of the university in coming days,” said Adhikari.
“Construction of the Buddhist circuit will surely contribute toward broader development of Lumbini,” said Adhikari, informing that the remaining 30 percent task under Lumbini master plan will be completed in three years.
With regard to GBIA, the Minister said that the airport will come into full operation within the coming nine months, within which the upgradation of Lumbini roads are also expected to be completed.