KATHMANDU: To commemorate the 39th World Tourism Day, 2018 with a theme “Tourism and the Digital Transformation” a function was jointly organized by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Tourism Board amid a huge presence of private tourism entrepreneurs on Wednesday.
Addressing the function, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari said that the tourism industry in Nepal would transform their way of doing businesses into digitalization by the year 2020 to keep in tune with the latest advancement of modern technologies and internet aided services around the world.
He emphasized on the maximum utilization of digital platforms for various tourism purposes such as creating global market accessibility, promoting destinations, explorations, bookings, e- banking transactions among others.
Emphasizing on the development of infrastructures to support and promote the tourism industry particularly the remote areas in Nepal, Minister Adhikari expressed his commitment of upgrading the capacity of only international airport of the country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) up to the international level.
Giving the updates on the construction of two airports, he said that the completion of Gautam Buddha International Airport will most likely happen within a year. Clearing out the controversy on the construction of mega development projects ignoring environmental hazards, he made an assurance to the public that the construction of Nijgadh International Airport will be done without compromising the environment and ecology of surrounding areas of the site.
Likewise, Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dhan Bahadur Budha highlighted on the importance of creating an investment friendly environment for the private sector so that they can contribute for developing the latest electronic devices supporting the tourism related businesses.
Launching the digital marketing campaign in over 20 potential tourist areas of seven provinces, Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Deepak Raj Joshi said that the digital transformation in the tourism can bring the sustainable change in the lives of people making them the real beneficiaries of tourism industry.