Five-year roadmap for tourism growth

Kathmandu, August 2

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) today unveiled its five-year roadmap (till fiscal year 2023-24) with due focus on enhancing growth of country’s culture, tourism and aviation sectors. The roadmap was unveiled by MoCTCA Joint Secretary Ghanashyam Upadhyaya.

In the cultural front, the roadmap envisions completing reconstruction of all cultural sites damaged by the 2015 earthquake within three years; developing and implementing master plans of religious sites and promoting religious tourism in the country.

The roadmap envisions promoting the country’s tourism industry by enhancing tourism infrastructure and packages to draw 2.5 million tourists annually by 2023-24 fiscal year. The roadmap has also set the ambitious target to increase tourism sector’s contribution in gross domestic product value to 10 per cent by the given time. Similarly, tourism facilities will be boosted in at least 100 major tourism destinations across the country.

In the aviation front, the roadmap envisions operating both Gautam Buddha International Airportand Pokhara International Airport within fiscal 2023-24. Similarly, the roadmap has also set the target to operate at least 10 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft of Nepal Airlines and increase the national flag carrier’s share in international flight business to 60 per cent.