August 14 , 2016
A new tourism promotional campaign -- Rastriya Sanskritik Parba/12 Mahine Paryatan Parba or National Cultural Festival/12-Month Tourism Festival – kicked off in Kathmandu on Sunday.
The program was organized in the management of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN).
Rastra Kavi Madhav Prasad Ghimire, cultural expert Satyamohan Joshi, border issues expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, and singers JB Tuhure and Nanda Krishna Joshi, among others, graced the opening ceremony organized at Handigaun.
Addressing the program, Minister for Agricultural Development Gaurishankar Chaudhary appreciated efforts made by the organizers to promote unique Nepali culture and tradition. He also said that the government would support the initiative.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said culture and tradition are unique selling points (USPs) of Nepali tourism industry and hence should be preserved accordingly. "TAAN has been doing its best for the promotion of our timeless culture and tradition. We encourage our member companies to respect local culture while operating groups in different areas of the country," he said. He also said that Nepal has abundant tourism potentials waiting to be exploited.
Krishna KC, who conceived the campaign, said that Nepal's unique culture and tradition could be a good tourism product for foreign tourists. "We are organizing Handigaun-Gosainkunda pilgrimage this week. After the campaign concludes in Gosainkunda, we will start a campaign of building a trekking circuit in hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley," he added.