KATHMANDU, March 11: A three-day Western Travel Mart has been started in Nepalgunj, Banke from Thursday under the original project of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan Municipality.
According to NTB, the mart has been organized with the objective of increasing tourism activities by promoting tourism in Nepalgunj city and its adjoining areas as well as Karnali.
Mayor of Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan Municipality Dr Dhawal Shamsher Rana said that the mart was organized for the promotion of tourism in Nepalgunj and the surrounding areas and expressed confidence that this mart would further establish Nepalgunj in the field of hospitality.
Similarly, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board Dhananjay Regmi said that as India is the largest market for Nepal, the board has targeted Indian border towns and invited tour operators to the mart.
The NTB has invited about 50 tour operators and media persons from Lucknow, Delhi and other bordering Indian cities to participate in the mart to promote tourism in the western Nepal region and market it in the Indian market.
About 35 tour operators, hoteliers and tourism service providers have set up stalls at the mart and promoted the packages. For the promotion of domestic tourism, stalls have been set up including tourist attractions of all the provinces.
The number of tourist arrivals is expected to increase as the mart's project promotes tourist destinations and activities in the region.