New budget focuses on Nepal Tourism Year campaign
The new budget for the fiscal year 2009-10 has laid special emphasis on the year-long Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign.
Through the budget speech, the government has accorded high priority to the campaign which aims to bring in one million visitors to the country. The government has devised a slogan ‘Nepali Temperament, Welcome and Hospitality of Guest’ for the success of the campaign. Another highlight of the budget is that it has stressed the need for forging partnership with the private sector to develop attractive tour packages and promote Nepal\'s tourism attractions.
The government also plans to hold an interaction with all Everest summiteers so as to chalk out future strategies to promote the mountaineering sector. The government has also tried to diversify the tourism industry in a bid to extend the length of stay of foreign visitors. The government will conduct a detail study to develop Gheralik of Argakhanchi and operate rafting from Balefi to Chatara and Ramdighat to Narayanghat. The new budget has also given special attention to tourism development in Muktinath and Damodar Kunda. It has also included provision to conduct feasibility study for operating cable car service to Muktinath. Upgrading trekking trails in Khaptad Area has also been included in the budget.
The budget has also allocated funds for the development of Birat, Bideha, Sahales, Simroungarh, Lumbini and Karnali-Chisapani areas as tourism spots. Likewise, the government plans to promote Pathivara, Barahchhetra, Pasupatinath, Manakamana, Muktinath, Sworgadwari and Mallikarjun as \"Seven Spiritual Destinations\". Similarly, the government will develop Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Lapcha, Limbu and Dhimal settlements as ‘Art Villages’.
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