"Entrepreneurs Advocate for Activation of Pokhara and Gautam Budh Airports"

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"Tourism Entrepreneurs Demand Immediate Operation of International Flights from Pokhara and Gautam Buddha Airport

Pokhara and Bhairahawa's tourism businessmen are urging the government to promptly initiate international flights from Pokhara and Gautam Buddha International Airport.

During a program in Bhairahawa, part of the 'Jaon Hai Pokhara' campaign jointly organized by Hotel Association Pokhara and Nepal Tourism Board, speakers emphasized that the operational airports face challenges due to the absence of international flights.

Laxman Subedi, President of Pokhara Hotel Association, highlighted the need for creating an environment for international flights, emphasizing that the airport, built with substantial investment, is yet to serve its purpose.

Pomnarayan Shrestha, chairman of Pokhara Tourism Council, expressed discontent over the delay in the proper functioning of Gautam Buddha International Airport, emphasizing the ongoing pressure for regular international flights.

Chandraprakash Shrestha, President of Siddharth Hotel Association, stated that if their demands for international flights from Pokhara are not met, they may resort to protest.

The program also featured Kundan Mishra, a senior officer of Nepal Tourism Board, who provided insights into the board's formation, structure, purpose, and activities. The event emphasized tourism collaboration between Pokhara and Lumbini, with contributions from various stakeholders.

Hotel Association Pokhara took the opportunity to announce tourist 'packages' for Gandaki Province Ghumgham. Laxman Subedi, the association's president, unveiled five different packages, covering sightseeing in Pokhara, educational tours, Madhumas, Pokhara-Muktinath, and trekking. The packages, encompassing hotel stays, meals, and sightseeing, are priced between NPR 3,000 and 26,000 for two to four nights."

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