Minister Sherpa said to re-open the heritage sites formally at the program organized by the Nepal Tourism Board, Department of Archeology and Bhaktapur Municipality at Durbar Square in Bhaktapur on Monday15 June2015. He said, "Now Nepal is safe. So help Nepal by sending your nationals if you want to help Nepal in real sense." The Tourism Minister further said that the government was introducing a strong program for the revival of the tourism business.
Minister Sherpa also stated that it would take three to five years to bring tourism sector to its previous position with an investment of around Rs 9 to 12 billion.
"Now Nepal is safe. So help Nepal by sending your nationals if you want to help Nepal in real sense."Lawmaker Prem Suwal, Secretary at the Ministry, Sureshman Shrestha, Director General of the Department of Archeology, Bhesh Narayan Dahal, and Department of Tourism, Tulasi Prasad Gautam, among others, said that it was necessary to spread a message across the world that heritage sites of Nepal are in safe condition.
- Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Kripasur Sherpa
The reopening of World Heritage Monuments in Kathmandu Valley gives a positive message to the world that Nepal is back to business and is waiting for tourists to welcome them. Unlike in many parts of the world, the Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley are a part of day-to-day life of its people. Rituals, tradition, festivals and culture starting from birth to death are centered on these places. Therefore, these sites are living museums signifying the essence of life in Kathmandu Valley as it has been through the ancient period to till now. Out of 75 districts of Nepal only 11 districts were hit and affected by the earthquake. Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini, Bardia, Annapurn, Everest, eastern region and far west region of Nepal also escaped damage, and are ready for business. Among the 19 protected areas only 3 are affected. More than ninety percent of hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu Valley are in operation. Life in the valley and in other parts of the country is back to normalcy with recovery and reconstruction efforts are underway at affected areas.