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Pokhara Officially Declared Nepal's Tourism Capital

  • By: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Sun Mar 17, 2024

In a landmark announcement on Sunday, March 17, 2024, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal declared Pokhara as the official Tourism Capital of Nepal. The declaration, made during a ceremony at Barahighat near the picturesque Phewa Lake, marks a significant step for the city and the country's tourism industry. 

Pokhara has long been a central hub for tourism in Nepal, famed for its stunning natural beauty and abundant adventure activities. Prime Minister Dahal acknowledged this, highlighting Pokhara's unique combination of natural wonders and cultural experiences. 

Dhanraj Acharya, mayor of Pokhara Metropolitan Municipality, expressed his belief that this designation would significantly boost tourism growth not only for Pokhara but also for the Gandaki province as a whole. He emphasized that Pokhara's selection followed a thorough evaluation process, aligning with similar practices in other countries where cities are recognized for their distinct character and strengths.

The Pokhara Tourism Council (PTC) took this opportunity to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister, outlining key areas for improvement. A major request was the immediate launch of international flights from the Pokhara Regional International Airport. The PTC emphasized the urgency of this action, citing the poor condition of major roadways leading to Pokhara and the limited availability of international flights despite the airport's year-long operation.

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The memorandum also addressed the challenges faced by tourism entrepreneurs in recent years. Citing economic downturns and declining employment, the PTC urged the government to provide support for loan repayments and revitalize the tourism sector. Additionally, they called for a restructuring of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and ensured representation from Pokhara on its Executive Board.

Furthermore, the PTC requested the government to initiate international flights from Pokhara using Nepal Airlines aircraft initially, followed by incentives to attract other airlines. Finally, the memorandum expressed concern regarding the recent ban on individual paragliding imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) following a paragliding accident. The PTC urged a review of this regulation to prevent discouragement among adventure sports enthusiasts.

The official declaration of Pokhara as Nepal's Tourism Capital signifies the government's recognition of its immense potential. By addressing the concerns raised by the PTC, Nepal can further strengthen Pokhara's position as a premier tourist destination, attracting visitors from around the world and fostering economic growth throughout the region.

  • By: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Sunday Mar 17, 2024

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Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

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