In order to promote religious tourism between Nepal and India, stakeholders have called for the development of a comprehensive action plan by all parties involved. They believe that this will be beneficial to both countries because they have shared centuries-old close ties as well as similar cultures and religious beliefs.
They said this while speaking at the Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO) International Convention, which took place in Bodh Gaya, India, over the course of three days this past weekend.
On Friday, Rajendra Pal Gautam, the Social Welfare Minister in the Government of New Delhi, India, spoke at the convention’s opening ceremony, emphasizing the importance of bilateral cooperation between India and Nepal in order to fully exploit the vast tourism potentials of both countries.
He emphasized the importance of mutual cooperation in order to promote religious tourism in both countries, pointing out that both Nepal and India have been linked to issues relating to Lord Buddha throughout history.
Other participants, including the Nepal Tourism Board director Maniraj Lamichhane, the President of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Achyut Guragain, the General Secretary of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Sarita Lama, the central member of the Hotel Association of Nepal, CP Shrestha, and the assistant director of the Kolkata Tourism Office, BB Mukherjee, echoed Minister Gautam’s sentiments, emphasizing the importance of cooperation between the two countries
Various working papers will be presented by experts during the Convention.
Additionally, according to Dr Kaulesh Kumar, General Secretary of the ABTO, a session for business-to-business (B2B) networking will be held during the event.