This Alliance has an opportunity to be the stronger instrument to lobby and policy advocacy: CEO Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi NTB

Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) appreciated the collective initiatives of lobby, advocacy and joint private sector engagement to promote the West Nepal as Nepal newest but vibrant destination of the country amidst a function of second meeting of the West Nepal Tourism Alliance, 17th April, 2017 organized at a hotel in Dhangadhi.

This Meeting witnessed the representation of the tourism stakeholders ranging from the regional associations of accommodations, travel agents, chamber of commerce, tourist guides, tour operators, national parks and protected areas, community based home stays, civil society organizations and relevant stakeholders.

Forty Nine individuals representing different associations actively participated the meeting.

The main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the stakeholders’ engagement towards the aim of developing the region as a globally recognized destination for the responsible tourism. Similarly the immediate goal of the event was to jointly review the regional tourism strategy in the light of newly released National Tourism Strategic Plan, 2016-2025.

CEO Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, made a presentation on National Tourism Strategy and Priorities set for West Nepal. He highlighted the key goals envisioned by the NTSP and the representation of the western region of the country in this policy document. He further shed light on the identification of two priority tourism development areas (TDAs); Kailali & Surroundings and Karnali region from the western region out of the total six TDAs from the whole country.

The presentation was followed by the open floor interactions. Mr. Joshi tried to respond all the queries so far possible.

Summary of the Queries and Feedbacks:

  1. What are measures to be taken for the successful implementation of the NTSP in the context of ongoing transformation and upcoming federal structures?
  2. Are there any plans from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to complement the independent private sector initiative to develop this region as the Nepal’s vibrant tourist destination?

What should west Nepal do further to get the priorities in reality not just in documents and papers?