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KATHMANDU: Sathsathai, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of Forests and Environment, hosted a significant conference. The conference was held on September 27, 2023, highlighting the theme “ENSURING TOURISM BENEFITS: FOR PEOPLE, FOR PLANET, AND FOR PROSPERITY” on the occasion of World Tourism Day 2023. The conference aimed to tackle the growing climate change challenges facing Nepal’s thriving tourism sector.

The event commenced with an opening address by Ms. Prajeeta Karki, Chairperson of Sath Sathai. Karki highlighted the vital role of tourism in Nepal’s economy and the need for sustainable tourism infrastructures. She also acknowledged the challenges faced by the tourism sector and emphasized the need for collaboration among stakeholders to address these challenges effectively.

Dr. Dhananjay Regmi, CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, delivered a comprehensive presentation on Nepal’s tourism sector. He discussed government policies regarding green investment and conservation, focusing on tailoring tourism strategies for diverse regions.

Brigadier General Sundar Kumar Pandey, representing the Nepal Army, emphasized the critical significance of environmental security and biodiversity conservation. He shared insights into the “Mountain Cleaning Campaign,” which is vital in preserving the Himalayas while providing economic benefits to local communities.

Dr. Anu Kumari Lama, a renowned tourism specialist, highlighted a unique opportunity for prosperity in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region through sustainable tourism. She stressed the importance of responsible tourism practices that respect cultural and environmental heritage, ultimately leading to regional shared prosperity.

A one-on-one dialogue between Sareeta Shri Gyawali and Sudan Kirati, the Tourism Minister, addressed the challenges and opportunities within Nepal’s tourism sector. Minister Kirati elaborated on the significance of maintaining authenticity and making tourism “Nepali by nature.”

Badri Sigdel, Chief Editor of SathSathai News, concluded the conference by discussing the enhancement of tourist destinations and the potential for future collaborations. He expressed gratitude to collaborators, sponsors, and esteemed guests for their participation.

This conference brought together experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to address the issues of tourism, climate change, and prosperity in Nepal. It underscored the urgent need for sustainable tourism practices and environmental conservation to ensure a resilient future for Nepal’s tourism sector.

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