Sri Lankan envoy urges direct flights to propel bilateral tourism with Nepal

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Dec 14, 2018-

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal Swarna Perera has stressed the need to forge a common viewpoint for the promotion of tourism between Nepal and Sri Lanka.

At an interaction organised by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Tourism between Nepal and Sri Lanka on Thursday, Ambassador Perera pointed out the need for establishing direct air connectivity between the two countries and to accelerate the promotional events boosting tourism.

Stating that Sri Lanka and Nepal shared a close relationship from the cultural and religious point of view, the Sri Lankan envoy said both countries should be active in emotional cooperation for the mutual benefits.

She expressed belief that the number of Sri Lankan tourists visiting Nepal and vice versa would bolster if the tour operators from the both countries are convened

and publicise the tourist destinations.

Around 50,000 Sri Lankans, mostly of Buddhist faith, annually visit Nepal, the land of Gautam Buddha. Sri Lanka is a country with around 74 percent of Buddhist population.

Nepal recorded 57,527 Sri Lankan tourists visiting Nepal in 2016 while in 2017, a total of 45,371 Sri Lankans visited Nepal. It was 21 percent the previous year.

According to the Nepal Tourism Board, the number of Nepali students visiting Sri Lanka in 2016 stood at 12,838, while 5,144 Nepalis visited Sri Lanka in 2017, a decline of 59 percent compared to the previous year.

TAAN President Nawaraj Dahal said Sri Lanka and Nepal could take mutual benefits through the tourism.

Also in attendance at the discussion were former minister for tourism Yankila Sherpa, former TAAN president Chandra Rijal and tourism entrepreneur Mohan Lamsal, among others, who echoed with the Sri Lankan Envoy and batted for a common viewpoint to promote tourism between the two countries.

They viewed that the promotional events would aid to the Visit Nepal 2020, the government’s campaign is aimed at attracting two million tourists in 2020.

Published: 14-12-2018 07:54

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