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NTY 2011: Sign of what tourists can expect?

EYESORE AT NEPAL ENTRY: A signboard of the Tourist Information Office in Belahiya,the border entry point to Rupandehi district.

 ARUN GYAWALI

BHAIRAHAWA: Despite a lot of preparations for bringing in a million tourists during the Nepal Tourism Year-2011, tourism authorities and other stakeholders here seem to have missed a chance to make a lasting impression on foreign tourists.

A dilapidated signboard of the Tourist Information Office in Belahiya in the district is a case in point. “I feel sorry looking at the pitiable condition of the board,” said an Indian national from Rajasthan, Raj Kishor Singh.

Singh had some suggestions to all concerned, and this included maintenance of the signboard without delay and cleanup of the area.

The board has become an eyesore for other foreign guests as well. Though the government and the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry have pledged to construct a gate on the Belahiya border, the authorities have not bothered to repair the board and keep the area clean.

Ramesh Thapa, Chairman of the Samudaik Sewa Samaj, Belahiya, expressed dissatisfaction over the authorities’ indifference. “The authorities and other stakeholders do not seem to be concerned about winning tourists’ hearts at the entry point itself. They have also not bothered to launch tourism promotion activities in Belahiya,” he said.

Mahendra Kumar Shrestha, Chairman of Siddharthanagar Chambers of Commerce and Industry, demanded that the signboard be replaced without delay, while Rajan Rai, Chief of the Tourist Information Office, admitted they could not repair the signboard for want of budget. “We are ashamed at the sorry state of the signboard. We will repair it now by collecting donations,” said Rai.


No.of comments:10
Name:
Rajesh Thapa
Comment:
NTY 2011 boasted of bringing in one million tourists into Nepal this year but the Tourist Information Office in one of the busiest entry points does not even have Rs 3,000 to replace a dilapidated signboard and needs to collect donations?! What a shame! Is the Nepal Tourism Board only aiming for the tourists’ pockets but not bothered about what service we have to provide and what impressions tourists will leave our country with? Do we need tourists to point out that the signboard is an eye-sore? Well, if this is the kind of first impression Nepal Tourism Board is giving to tourists then we should not have bothered with NTY 2011 at all. We cannot plant a pea and expect a mango tree!!
Posted date:
2011-03-16 21:22:00
   
Name:
Dr Brian Metters
Comment:
Why do you need donations to run a business? Pathetic!
Posted date:
2011-01-05 21:05:00
   
Name:
Rob
Comment:
I totally agree with the comments posted. The fact is that Nepal is not poor but poorly governed. I don´t want to be pessimistic over the Visit Nepal 2011 approach, but the poor state of reality simply haunts and lets just face it that its a short term gain with a long term bad image.
Posted date:
2011-01-07 00:54:06
   
Name:
Rozwaan
Comment:
Well it's hard when nothings going in the right way! i guess the timing for the tourism year was a little wrong one,when the nation was struggling to find out a political breakthrough! apart from that still this really disappoints everyone of us,it's like having a messed up doorway when ur attending someone at home!!! anywys Jai Nepal!!!
Posted date:
2011-01-06 02:59:04
   
Name:
Nawang Sherpa
Comment:
I am really frustrated by this news. And by the work of Nepal Tourism Board and every organizations linked to it. I wonder the government take so much money from tourists through permits and tax and other sources. And the chief officer saying they don't have enough budget for signboard is really weird. I even wonder if there is any coordination between different governmental departments.
Posted date:
2011-01-05 18:15:43
   
Name:
Norbu
Comment:
i am extremely sorry to see such disgusting pictures.....by seeing this picture i dont expext 1 million tourist to come in nepal in 2011......
Posted date:
2011-01-06 04:01:18
   
Name:
Raz
Comment:
These are the best comments i ever read in ekantipur. Hope media will highlight it to our politicians.
Posted date:
2011-01-07 01:11:35
   
Name:
Indu Sharma
Comment:
how pathetic is dis.... Visit Nepal 2011 is sure flop mission... when u dont have guts to make it a success, stop talking about it. You all political leaders are bloody beggars... I can see no good future of this country... Just coz of theirs deeds local nepali are being penalized....
Posted date:
2011-01-06 04:51:34
   
Name:
Indu Sharma
Comment:
You are correct Mark. We are so sorry that we dont have system in our country. Its you generosity that you visit our county show your respect to the local people, try to accommodate however and whatever the condition is. My request to every foreigners, please do overlook the bads and try to enjoy the goods that we have in our country.
Posted date:
2011-01-06 04:57:25
   
Name:
Mark
Comment:
Foreigners will see what a totally corrupted political impasse really looks like...firstly no free tourist visa as promised, streets full of garbage, mafia ruling Thamel district, mass influx of Chinese business people, terrible road conditions, cheating taxi drivers and store owners, seedy go go strip bars, no electricity of course and no law and order on the roads of Nepal...Visit Nepal 2011; you really must be joking, they will arrive and never return again!
Posted date:
2011-01-05 20:58:30
   
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