Kathmandu: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai has requested all the Ministries to support Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 from a policy level to make the campaign successful.
Today a meeting was held with the secretaries of 20 ministries of the country and Tourism Minister Bhattarai has sought the cooperation of all to implement the tourism-friendly policies in their jurisdiction.
The government has decided to provide a mountaineering royalty discount on six selected peaks and the proposal is under consideration at the Cabinet. This is a good way to attract more climbers to virgin peaks of the country. The ministry has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide trekking permits for some of the restricted areas of the country. Minister Bhattarai also requested the Ministry of Forests and Environment to coordinate with the concerned authorities and grant on entry fees in National parks.
Bhattarai urged the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT) to provide special grants in movies and documentaries promoting Nepalese destinations. The Minister invited the media along with internet and telecommunication service providers for digital promotion of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Regarding the budget for the campaign, the minister requested the Finance Ministry to mobilize banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to support the campaign under their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The minister then requested the Ministry of Finance to mobilize banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to support the campaign under their corporate social responsibility initiatives and other ministries to make a tourism-friendly environment during 2020 in their respective areas. He urged the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration to coordinate with local governments to avoid charging double entrance fees from foreign tourists.
He said -” MoCTCA is also having frequent discussions with the private sector that are connected directly or indirectly with tourism to make this campaign successful. We all have to carry out our works with efficiency in our respective areas to make this national campaign successful.”