Nepal-Sikkim joint tourism promotion stressed

Agency: The need of launching a package tour covering Siliguri, Dooars and Sikkim of North East India and Pokhara of Nepal has been stressed for the bilateral tourism promotion.
The Nepal Tourism Board ( NTB) regional office Pokhara, in coordination with the Pokhara Tourism Council, held the interaction programme in Gangtok, the capital and the largest city of Indian State of Sikkim Tuesday where the participants spoke of the need of launching a joint programme to promote the tourism of Nepal and Sikkim, simultaneously.
Travels Agents Association of Sikkim ( TAAS) former chair Satish Bardewa, stating that Sikkim has a sisterly relations with Nepal including Pokhara, and they were all ready to contribute from their parts to further consolidate such relation through the means of tourism activities. Language and geography of Sikkim and Nepal have provided a favourable and comfortable ground for tourism entrepreneurs of both sides to work together.
Sikkim Youngest Tours and Travels proprietor Ganesh Siwakoti said hospitality, servings and cleanliness were the factors that had a direct impact on tourism business, insisting on the need of developing tourism-friendly wave so as to encourage tourists to make the once visited site the future destination.
Sikkim and Nepal have abundant potentialities for collaboration for the cause of tourism promotion, he added.
Director of Shikha Tour and Travels, Siliguri Subrata Dutta Sikkim and Nepal’s geographical location, attire and cultural are nearly similar and such property could be used as a means of promoting tourism of both destinations.
Senior Officer of the Nepal Tourism Board, Pokhara, Surya Thapaliya, said that Sikkim’s growing tourism industries in recent period is exemplary for Nepal. He said, “Understanding between the two sides for tourism partnership would increase its effectiveness in coming days.”
Similarly, Chairman of Pokhara Tourism Council, Kedar Sharma, said that such promotional programme would play significant role to further strengthen relations.
He said, “Collaboration between tourism related organisations of Sikkim and Nepal would make professional capacity building more effective”, saying the government should give priority to religious tourism infrastructure development viewing the development made by Sikkim through religious tourism.
Sharma said that an agreement would be signed between Travel Agents Association of Sikkim and Pokhara Tourism Council soon for tourism promotion of Sikkim and Pokhara.
Likewise, Vice-Chairman of Pokhara Tourism Council, Bharat Raj Parajuli, said that there would be overall development of tourism if there is professional unity and collaboration between tourism entrepreneurs of Nepal and Sikkim.


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