NTB proposes Nepal-India tourism taskforce

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Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has proposed Indian stakeholders to establish a Nepal-India tourism taskforce to work together to resolve problems that have plagued the tourism sector in both the countries due to the coronavirus outbreak.

During a virtual meeting with the Indian stakeholders on Thursday, NTB CEO Dhananjay Regmi proposed the formation of a taskforce to find a possible way forward for the tourism industry of both nations.

As per a press statement issued by NTB today, the meeting was attended by Jyoti Mayal, president of Travel Agents Association of India; PP Khanna, president of Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India; Capt Swadesh Kumar, president of Adventure Tour Operators of India; Pradeep Lulla, president of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI); Mahendra Vakharia, immediate past president of Outbound Tour Operators Association of India; and San Jeet, CEO of Buzz Travel Marketing.

“CEO Regmi briefed the Indian counterparts about the activities that NTB had conducted after the crisis,” the statement reads.

It further adds that Regmi also spoke about the development of new destinations as hill stations in the mid hills of Nepal with entertainment factors especially targeting the Indian market.

Indian leaders stressed that both Nepali and Indian travel trade fraternity should collectively work to get back the lost confidence of many Indian travellers by re-building country’s brand image as friendly and welcoming. This will include joint marketing and promotion in India in collaboration with each association to reach their members and consumers in wide, added the statement.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on May 2, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.