September 27: Nepal is observing the World Tourism Day today (September 27) with the slogan “Tourism and Rural Development”. The World Tourism Day is being marked across the globe with limited programmes due to coronavirus pandemic and Nepal is not an exception.
According to the government data of 2019, the tourism sector contributed 6.7 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nepal and created employment opportunities for 1.1 million people.
The government on the eve of the World Tourism Day decided to form a task force by including the private sector to revitalize the tourism industry that has been hard hit by the pandemic.
The task force is expected to revitalize domestic tourism.
Nepal Tourism Board has set the goal of promoting new destinations for promoting domestic tourism this year.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai claimed that the government expects the tourism industry to bounce back as the authorities have already lifted restrictions on air service, hotels and restaurants, trekking and expeditions among other activities.
Although the government resumed international flights from September 1, tourists are facing problems of obtaining visa. Minister Bhattarai said it is currently discussing with the home ministry and the Department of Immigration on the issue of on-arrival visa.
The World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27 to mark the establishment of the United Nation's World Tourism Organization.