Tourism minister hopeful of rise in tourists’ footfall in Nepal next year

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File: Tourists viewing a mountain range in Nepal

Chitwan, November 30

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, predicts that the number of foreign tourists arriving in Nepal would grow significantly in 2021.

Laying the foundation stone for the ‘Forest Front’ hotel to be built by the KTM Hospitality at Ratnagar municipality-5 in Chitwan district today, Minister Bhattarai estimated, “The tourism sector in the country has begun to see a revival at the end of 2020. It will rise in 2021.”

The government had prioritised the promotion of local tourism, according to the minister, as he viewed the travel culture was becoming popular among the middle and upper-class families in Nepal also.

He also assured that the health protocols were being strictly implemented in the tourism destinations and hotels among others to ensure Covid-19 control.

On the occasion, Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Rameshwar Ray Yadav, lamented that the labour market was ravaged by Covid-19 and spoke for the need to create jobs in the country for the youth who lost their jobs abroad due to the pandemic.

He shared that the government was going to introduce programmes to engage such youth in the productive sector.

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