Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government is committed to support country's tourism sector which has been hit hard by the COVID -19 pandemic.

Inaugurating the new building of Nepal Mountaineering Association on the occasion of 42nd World Tourism Day today, PM Deuba said that the government has recently eased COVID-19 restrictions granting visa-on-arrival to fully vaccinated tourists.

NMA has been playing a significant role for the promotion of Nepal's adventure tourism in the world market, he added.

PM Deuba also launched a website profiling Nepal's mountains. NMA has prepared the profile of 467 peaks to explore country's mountaineering in the global market.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yadav Prasad Koirala said that tourism organisations should join hands to revive their glory in the time of crisis. The ministry is fully committed to support their initiatives, he added.

NMA President Santa Bir Lama asked the government to create a basket fund to support mountaineers and their families. Recounting that NMA as the only alpine club recognised by the world, Lama said that newly launched peak profile would help promote adventure tourism.

PM Deuba also felicitated former minister Mahadev Gurung and Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala among other personalities, according to NMA executive committee member Shiva Bahadur Sapkota.

The programme was moderated by NMA General Secretary Kul Bahadur Gurung and attended by over 100 tourism entrepreneurs and leaders.