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Railway minister: Stronger connectivity to boost Dhaka-Kathmandu ties

  • Published at 09:43 pm January 8th, 2020
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File photo: Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan briefing the reporters about the sale of advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Azha holidays on July 23, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Nepal appoints 3 goodwill envoys to augment tourists from Bangladesh

Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon has said strong communication network will be instrumental to boost relations between Bangladesh and Nepal.

Laying emphasis on enhanced road and railway connectivity in the region, the Railways Minister highlighted the need for working together to tap the potential areas of bilateral cooperation in the areas of tourism, trade and connectivity.

He was addressing a function titled "Unveiling Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign" marking the start of "Visit Nepal Year 2020" at the Embassy of Nepal on Tuesday night as the chief guest, reports UNB.

Three renowned personalities of Bangladesh - two times Mt. Everest Summiteer MA Mohit, popular singer Mehreen Bhuiyan Mahmud and popular actor Zahid Hassan – were appointed goodwill ambassadors for the Visit Nepal Year 2020.

Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal Kedar Bahadur Adhikari attended the function as special guest.

Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh Dr Banshidhar Mishra, Deputy Chief of Mission Dhan Bahadur Oli and Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (Toab) President Md Rafeuzzaman, among others, were present.

Secretary Kedar Bahadur highlighted various aspects of Nepali tourism sector and invited all Bangladeshi friends to visit Nepal and have a lifetime experience of its beauty and hospitality.

Ambassador Dr Banshidhar described Nepal as an all-season tourism destination offering various attractions to the visitors, including adventure, cultural and spiritual experiences and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism.

People from different walks of life, including senior government officials, tourism sector officials, business houses, journalists, social workers, renowned celebrities and members of diplomatic communities in Dhaka were present.

The embassy also organized a photo show providing glimpses of beauty of Nepal and offered an opportunity to experience Nepal through Nepali food and cultural programs.

The embassy launched a tourism blog as a platform for the travelers to Nepal to share their stories and experiences.

At the beginning, Nepali students in Bangladesh welcomed the guests in various traditional attires. They also showcased cultural dances.

Singer Mehreen sang– Bangla, English and Nepali songs.

The embassy has designed similar programs in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Rajshahi, Cox's Bazar, Rangpur.

Goodwill ambassadors

The goodwill ambassadors will share their experiences of Nepal and its beauty and authenticity as a regional tourism destination there.

On January 1, President of Nepal inaugurated Visit Nepal Year 2020 amidst a grand ceremony held at the Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal.

After the promulgation of the new constitution, Nepal has entered into a new era of peace and prosperity with sustainable development, said the embassy.

As Nepal is laced with diverse cultures, geography and scenic beauty, it is rightly known as the "Garden of the World" where tourism remains as one of the major attractions for visitors around the globe, it said.

The embassy said Nepal has launched a national campaign designed to welcome 2 million tourists in the year 2020.

Nepal is also making huge investment in infrastructure development, including hospitality sector, transport and airport facilities, which will be instrumental to enhancing the tourism sector further.