Monday, October 1, 2012

Tourism industry to mark World Tourism Day with gusto

The tourism industry will mark the 33rd World Tourism Day 2012 on September 27, with the theme ‘Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’.
During a press meet organised by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, and tourism associations informed about the programmes that will be organised to highlight the role of tourism in the future.
“Tourism, one of the world’s largest economic sectors, has already taken important steps towards improving energy efficiency and is increasingly using renewable energy technologies for its operations,” said director at Nepal Tourism Board Aditya Baral, adding that improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy technologies has helped create more jobs in the country.
To mark the 33rd World Tourism Day, about 48 different associations from all over the country will organise a series of programmes.
The associations will hold various promotional programmes, which will include rallies, cultural shows, food festivals, street festivals, and fun fairs.
Major stakeholders from hotels, airlines, travel agencies, tour companies, and sports and service sectors will participate in an interaction programme to highlight issues related to the tourism industry.
Similarly, other major events are Kathmandu Open Triathlon Championships, inter-college quiz contest and essay competition, Kasthamandap Clean-up Campaign, motorcycle journey for tourism promotion in eastern Nepal, and welcoming the first group of tourists with a cultural procession from Belhiya and Gaddachauki entry points.
The Hotel Association Nepal, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Thamel Tourism Development Committee, Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal, Tour Guide Association of Nepal, Nepal Tourist Vehicle Association, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, and Journalists’ Association for Tourism Nepal are some of the associations which will organise various programmes to mark the 33rd World Tourism Day.
Meanwhile, Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), to mark the 33rd World Tourism Day 2012, has requested hotels to provide 25 per cent discount on food for tourists arriving on September 27. It has also asked hotels to display a banner with the slogan ‘Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’. It has also requested the hotels to award tourists with free accommodation for four nights, according to HAN.

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