Bhaktapur, Jan 17:Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokhrel has said the development and promotion of tourism sector was essential to make the country economically prosperous.
Addressing a programme organised today by the Anantalingeshwor Conservation and Development Committee based in Dadhikot of Anantalingeshwor VDC in his honour, the Tourism Minister spoke of the need of expanding the homestay tourism to every village.
“Tourism development is a tool of driving the country towards the path economic progress, and religious tourism is our specialty and the government is committed to promoting it,” he added.
An introduction of homestay tourism in the village would be an effective means of generating income, he said. However, there shall be conservation of forest areas and natural beauty remaining as the assets of the village while developing it into a tourist destination.
On the occasion, Minister Pokhrel said the government has allocated to Rs 10 million under a master plan formulated for the development of Anantalingeshwor Temple.
Former Industry Minister Mahesh Basnet said Bhaktapur was itself the epitome of religion and culture and it should be developed into a hub for religious tourism.