Nepal Draws New Tourism Master Plan.
After a continuous growth in the tourism market, the Nepali government is planning ways to ride the surging wave to build a sustainable tourist market. The goal is to mark the year 2011 as the ‘Visit Nepal Year’ drawing at least a million visitors that year. Already many sites in rural Nepal is underway for new tourist developments, interregional tourism is given a high priority as there is a high market in the region for the beautiful himalayan Country.
Since transforming into a democracy the government of Nepal together with the Ministry of Tourism is opening up the country for large scale tourism for the first time ever. Previously access to the country was limited , due to lack of marketing and bureaucratic red tape. In a new move the new tourism policy also encourages government- private partnerships in tourism infrastructure development. The Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hisila Yami said the government is under negotiations to expand the countries national airline – the Nepal Airlines Corporation, to buy two more jets to expand the carrier. This would significantly increase access to the country and cater for the booming demand it Tourism.