KATHMANDU: The First Asian Resilience Summit has commenced here today with the objective of disseminating the message worldwide that Nepal is safe tourist destination after recovering from the earthquake.
The participants of the summit have observed that the event would be a milestone for the promotion of tourism by spreading the message that Nepal was eagerly waiting to welcome tourists as the safe and attractive visit destination in the world after overcoming the various challenges.
The summit that brings together renowned entrepreneurs and experts from countries having good influence in the world tourism market will also be helpful in presenting a strong illustration that Nepal is the best tourism destinations around the world.
Inaugurating the summit, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali expressed the conviction that the organization of an important summit of the tourism sector in the country would support the promotion of tourism as well as in its expansion.
“The summit having the attendance of renowned foreign guests is in itself special. This will be an important forum for identifying Nepal as a prime destination, its promotion and for sustainable tourism development. The way Nepal has recovered weathering a difficult situation has presented an example that the country can establish itself as a safe and attractive tourism destination also despite of hardships,” he said.
Minister Gyawali said the summit would be useful to some extent in drawing the attention of the world community towards the situation that Nepal’s tourism not only suffered from disaster but also from the climate change risk as well.
Describing tourism as the basis that can play a significant role in the world economy, he said the government has brought forward programmes in a planned manner with special priority for the overall promotion of the tourism sector accordingly.
The foreign representatives participating in the conference said the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the event showing interest has given out the message that the government gives much priority to tourism.
Participating foreign experts underscored the need of initiating a campaign for the promotion of tourism in Nepal by attracting larger number of tourists.
Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlitt said Nepal has demonstrated an example of how a country can introduce itself as a safe tourism destination through the management of disaster that hit the tourism sector. He said Nepal’s resilience has send out positive message to the world.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)’s executive director Deepak Raj Joshi said the summit would be useful in sending out the message of resurrection of Nepal’s tourism sector after suffering a blow from the 2015 Gorkha earthquake and for acquiring knowledge for sustainable tourism development.
Former general secretary of the World Tourism Organization and president of Global Trvel and Tourism Resilience Council, Talib Rial said Nepal’s tourism has given the message of its journey from difficult circumstances towards success, stressing on the need of enhancing technical capacity for tourism promotion.
World Tourism Organization’s Asia Pacific regional director Chhu Jing stressed that Nepal should establish its presence to reap benefits from the tourism of its neighbouring countries, China and India.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)’s chief executive officer Mario Hardy believed that the summit would be contextual in giving out the positive message to the world that it has been able to rise by beating a challenging situation.
The two-day summit is co-hosted by the Nepal Tourism Board, the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The Summit will have a strong focus on the benefits of marketing to the intrepid traveler, as well as wider affinity markets, perception, brand management and communication, entrepreneurial spirit, government programs and philosophies that can be developed or deployed for other destinations’ resiliency planning.
The Summit to be participated by more than 300 people associated with the tourism sector will discuss 30 working papers to be presented by various foreign experts.
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