A delegation of local tourism entrepreneurs comprising 22 members have gone to Siliguri, India for publicizing Pokhara in the north-eastern region of India.
The tourism entrepreneurs have reached Siliguri in the context of facilitating trade among the entrepreneurs between Nepal and India, and with the growing number of Indian visitors from the north-east parts visiting Pokhara every year.
The Pokhara Tourism Council has been organizing such promotional tours of tourism entrepreneurs every year with the aim of further promoting tourism relations with the north-eastern region of India. The local tourism entrepreneurs will also participate in the Bengal Travel Mart (BTM) to be organised in Siliguri from today. The mart is organised by the Eastern Himalayan Travels and Tour Operator Association (EHTOA), a common organization of the tourism entrepreneurs of the north-eastern states of India. The information about this was shared in a program organised in Siliguri on Monday.
On the occasion, Manager of Nepal Tourism Board’s Pokhara Office, Surya Thapaliya had shared information on the tourism in Pokhara and Nepal. He believed that the promotional programme would be beneficial both for Nepal and India. First vice-president of NATTA Western Region Association, Sanjaya Kant Sigdel, said that a large number of visitors from the north-east region of India including Siliguri, Dooars, Gangtok, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Manipur, Assam, among other places come to Nepal through the eastern transit point Kakadbhitta and other transit points, every year.
President of Pokhara Tourism Council, Chiranjibi Pokhrel said extensive discussions would be held on various aspects of tourism business collaboration with the tourism entrepreneurs of India as part of BTM. Pokhara Tourism Council and the EHTOA have also signed a joint memorandum five years back for promoting partnership in Pokhara’s tourism. The agreement includes increasing the professional capacity, joint publicity, business networking and conducting joint promotional programs, among others.