Cautious optimism among tourism entrepreneurs as preparations are underway to start chartered flights from Pokhara airport to Chinese cities

Published On: May 19, 2023 11:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

POKHARA, May 19: The announcement to begin the chartered flights from Pokhara to different cities of China from June 23 has made tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara cautiously optimistic.

Addressing the 24th National Conference and Annual General meeting of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) on Thursday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sudan Kirati announced to begin the chartered flights to different cities of China from June. 

The announcement is expected to materialize the dream of locals to start international flights from Pokhara.

The Pokhara Regional International Airport was inaugurated on January 1 this year but no international flights have taken place since then.

Chairman of Pokhara Tourism Council Pom Narayan Shrestha said, "We are excited from the announcement to commence chartered flights. This will mark the beginning of the international flights. This should be implemented at any cost."

Likewise, Chairman of NATTA Gandaki Province Hari Ram Adhikari said that this will be a good beginning for the tourism industry and will serve as a milestone for the entire country's tourism sector's development. 

It is said that around 80 per cent of the total Chinese tourists visiting Nepal arrive in Pokhara city.



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