Tourism entrepreneurs seek direct flights from Pokhara to Dhaka

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Tourism entrepreneurs seek direct flights from Pokhara to Dhaka

July 25,Tourism entrepreneurs have started discussions to start direct flights not only to Indian cities but also to Dhaka– the capital city of Bangladesh– from Pokhara.

Discussions have been held between the representatives of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Gandaki chapter, Biman Bangladesh and Pokhara-based tourism entrepreneurs. At present, there are direct flights from Pokhara to various cities in Nepal. Tourism entrepreneurs have been pointing out the need to connect Pokhara not only with local cities but also with foreign cities.

Asisur Rehman, country manager of Biman Bangladesh, said that direct flights between Dhaka and Pokhara will be effective as soon as the regional international airport comes into operation in Pokhara. According to him, Bangladeshis are attracted to the beauty of Pokhara. Currently, there is only one daily flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu. Entrepreneurs have also suggested adding more flights to Dhaka.

Chairman of NATTA, Gandaki Chapter, Sanjay Kant Sigdel expressed commitment to take necessary initiative with the Government of Nepal to operate the flights from the destination. Bikal Tulachan, president of the Western Regional Hotel Association, said that about 50,000 Bangladeshis visit Nepal every year and about 20,000 visit Pokhara.

Entrepreneurs say that the attraction of Bangladeshis in Pokhara has been increasing lately.Tourism entrepreneurs have also insisted that vaccination is mandatory for tourist activities along with tourism promotion. ‘No vaccine, no tourism’ is the slogan of tourism entrepreneurs.

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