Nepal tries to woo Indian tourists
Deep Gazmer, DARJEELING, (TNN): Nepal has embarked on a drive to lure Indian tourists to the Himalayan state. The devastating earthquake of April 25 has badly affected the country’s tourism potential.
A delegation of Nepal Tourism Board and tourism ministry met tourism officials at Darjeeling and conducted an interactive session on Tuesday evening as part of a tourism promotional activity titled “Green East”.
On the sidelines of the interactive session, Nepal’s culture tourism and civil aviation official Rajendra Shrestra said, “Our promotional campaign’s theme is Green East, which involves the districts located close to the Indian border. Places such as Ilam, Tapleyganj and Dharan are close to India and India’s domestic tourists, who come to Darjeeling and Sikkim, can always extend their trip and avail tourism packages in these areas of Nepal.”
Shrestra said that through the April 25 earthquake had left the country ravaged, the eastern districts were not affected that much. “Of the 75 districts in Nepal, the earthquake affected only 14. Tourists can easily go and enjoy in the other districts,” he said.
“The flow of domestic tourists in Darjeeling and Sikkim is huge. The same tourists will always be able to take a circuit trip which will include these districts of Nepal because of its proximity to the Indian side,” he said.
Nepal Tourism Board officer Surya Thapaliya said, “We are looking at the promotion of tourism after the earthquake as a challenge.”
Tourism promotional drives have already been conducted in Hong Kong, China, Kolkata and Mumbai. This month, such drives will be carried out in Australia and Malaysia. “We had interactive sessions with tour operators in these countries to make them aware of Nepal’s tourism potential. Now, we are also targeting tourists from Darjeeling, Sikkim and Siliguri,” he said.
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