Print Edition - 2018-04-02 | MONEY
Asia’s first accessible trail opens in Pokhara
NTB built the trail to attract a strong segment of accessible tourists’ population
Apr 2, 2018-
Asia’s first accessible trail has begun formal operation in Pokhara. The Deurali- Naudanda trail spanning 1.3 km in length was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari amid a programme in Pokhara on Saturday. The trail, a section of a 14km long hiking path connecting Sarangkot to Naudanda offers a magnificent view of Mt Annapurna, Mt Fishtail and Mt Manaslu range.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) built the trail to enhance the prospect of attracting a strong segment of accessible tourists’ population. NTB’s Chief Executive Officer, Deepak Raj Joshi said that NTB has taken the initiative to build the trail to add innovation in Nepal’s tourism product and to diversify the trails to generate greater interest among visitors and to ensure that no one is left behind in experiencing the magnificence of Nepal’s beauty.
He said that this initiative of NTB would help to educate local authorities to develop accessible friendly infrastructure and activities, promote Nepal globally through this novel message, and inspire the world to build accessible adventure activities.
“We have chosen the trail after a systematic auditing from the Great Himalaya Trail certified trail auditors under the supervision of NTB. We firmly believe this is in tune with the state’s policy to develop new products and to attract untapped but
high end segment of differently abled domestic and foreign visitors”. NTB funded the
project with the sum of Rs1.9 million.
Minister Adhikari said, “The trail will be a benchmark of our commitment to tourism and ministry would look into this to establish it as a model trail in Nepal.”
The trail is well endowed with proper signage and has accessible washroom. The concerned authorities have pledged more support in the coming fiscal year to lay down all the standards and facilities to establish the trail as probably the best trail in Asia.
Global tourism has witnessed a major boom in accessible tourism recently. The estimated population of accessible segment is 1 billion globally and considered as rapidly growing and one of the niche and high-end segment in tourism.
Tourism is widely seen as a multifaceted sector which improves the living standards of various strata of society. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation also promotes and advocates tourism as a cross cutting sector to ensure universal achievement of sustainable development goals, SDG.
Published: 02-04-2018 08:32