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Vietnam-Nepal tourism partnership: A new horizon in bilateral cooperation

Vietnam Tourism and Nepal Meeting

Vietnam and Nepal discuss future tourism cooperation, focusing on spiritual tourism, education, trade, and direct flight connectivity.

In Ha Noi, the Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism Mr. Ha Van Sieu had a meeting with the delegation of the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council (NPSC) led by Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Chairman of the Council. The two sides discussed many contents about establishing tourism cooperation in the near future.

Vietnam Tourism and Nepal Meeting 2

According to information from the Vietnam – Nepal Friendship Association (VNFA), in early May, a VNFA delegation led by Dr. Tran Anh Tuan visited and worked in Nepal. The delegation had working meetings with the NPSC Board of Directors, leaders of some localities, the Nepal Hotel Association, and the Nepal Tourism Council. At the meetings, the two sides agreed that cooperation between the two sides would create very good opportunities to jointly build and develop the friendship between the people of Vietnam and Nepal. The two sides can cooperate in many fields such as spiritual tourism, education and training, medicinal herbs to serve human health, trade and investment.

Thanking VNAT for taking the time to welcome the delegation, Dr. Tran Anh Tuan – Chairman of VNFA expressed his hope that the two sides will continue to exchange information, explore opportunities, exploit potential, and establish cooperative relations to develop tourism in the coming time.

Dr. Tran Anh Tuan - Chairman of VNFA

Dr. Tran Anh Tuan – Chairman of VNFA

Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Chairman of the NPSC, shared that Nepal’s leaders are very interested in developing relations with Vietnam, starting from tourism. He said that Vietnamese tourists come to Nepal mainly for religious tourism purposes. Nepal currently has Tribhuvan International Airport and hopes to establish a direct flight route between the two countries. Along with developing spiritual tourism, the two countries can also develop other fields such as economics, trade, and commodity exchange.

At the meeting, VNAT’s Vice Chairman Mr. Ha Van Sieu said that Vietnam and Nepal have many similarities and are not too far geographically. The governments of both countries create favorable conditions for tourism development. Mr. Ha Van Sieu confirmed that it is necessary to establish cooperative relations between the two national tourism agencies and propose specific cooperative activities.

Mr. Ha Van Sieu, VNAT’s Vice Chairman (left) and Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Chairman of the NPSC (right)

Mr. Ha Van Sieu, VNAT’s Vice Chairman (left) and Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Chairman of the NPSC (right)

Activities include exchanging delegations (including tourism management agencies, tourism associations, businesses, and the press), participating in promotional fairs, connecting tourism associations of the two countries, and signing agreements on tourism cooperation.

To increase the number of tourists, it is necessary to strengthen air connections, first of all charter flights and connecting flights through India, then establishing direct flights.

Besides, Vietnam has VITM in April and ITE HCMC in September every year. Nepali tourism businesses can participate to promote Vietnamese people.

Vietnam Tourism and Nepal Meeting 3

At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to soon present a proposal for cooperation in tourism development, and expressed confidence that today’s meeting will be the starting for establishing tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Nepal.

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