Govt commits to development of tourism industry: CM Pandey

Published On: September 19, 2023 04:12 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

GANDAKI, Sept 19: Gandaki Province Chief Minister Surendra Raj Pandey has said the province government is making efforts to operate regular international flights from Pokhara Regional International Airport.

In his address to a program organized by the provincial Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment here today, the Chief Minister said the government is committed to addressing issues in the province's tourism industry.

"The government prioritizes the need to connect Pokhara with the rest of the provinces via air routes," he said.

He also took time to say that he is in touch with the Prime Minister in regard to operating international flights regularly from the airport and hoped to get a positive response soon. He expressed the government's commitments to further exploring the tourism industry in the province, talking about the government plan of developing some sites as spots for religious tourism.

He added that the provincial government is positive about the call to keep markets in tourist areas open at night as well.

People present at the program representing the tourism sector urged the government to insist on sustainable tourism development with management of sufficient human resources and infrastructural enhancement. They underlined the need for the revival of the tourism industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession.


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