PATANA, April 18: Pokhara's tourism potentials have been discussed in Patna of India.
At a tourism promotion programme organized by the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Gandaki Province with the assistance of Pokhara metropolis, discussion was held with Indian tourism entrepreneurs on the agendas such as tourism potentials of Pokhara and its hospitality services.
On the occasion, tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara said Pokhara was a must-visit destination naturally and culturally. Likewise, tourism entrepreneurs of Patana had reflected their experience and feeling in Pokhara.
On the occasion, Pokhara Tourism Council Chairperson Pom Narayan Shrestha said Pokhara was one of the beautiful destinations of the world, adding their notion of welcoming guests as god has added value to the tourism culture of the area.
"Pokhara is a potential tourism destination where the general public of neighboring India can easily visit and take joy of its scenic beauty", he said, adding, "Nepal has a geographical proximity with India. Besides, both the nations have enjoyed mutual fraternity since time immemorial".
Highlighting tourism activities, including sight-seeing of majestic Himalayan range and tourism adventures in Pokhara, he expressed readiness to ever welcome Indian tourists.
NATTA Gandaki province chairperson Hariram Adhikari said India was the important tourism source market for Pokhara and Nepal. Pokhara was worth visiting and exploring in any season, he said, adding the objective of the promotional programme was to know problems experienced by Indian tourists during their visit to Pokhara if any and design solutions in coming days.
Also speaking on the occasion, Secretary of Tourism Association of Bihar, Prakash Chandra termed Pokhara as one of their preferred destinations. Most of the Indian tourists generally spend a good amount of money during their visits, he suggested the entrepreneurs to make online payment easy and smooth in Pokhara.
Senior tourism consultant of Patana, Sanjaya Sharma stressed the need to enhance Pokhara-Patana connectivity through direct flights. He highlighted the importance of efforts from both sides for direct air connectivity.
He also suggested making road connectivity between Pokhara and Patana easier and convenient to promote tourism.
Vice-chairperson of Pokhara Metropolis Tourism Development Committee, Rabindra Raj Poudel urged Indian tourists to come to Pokhara to take joy in diverse tourism activities including religious visits and adventurous tourism engagement.
On the occasion, the entrepreneurs also discussed business to business (B2B) partnership and collaboration for tourism promotion.
As informed, the Nepali delegation would reach Banaras today and discuss with the local tourism entrepreneurs and media persons. The delegation would return to Pokhara on April 21 after completing promotional programmes in Ayodhya and Gorakhpur after Banaras.