July 16, 2020
The Department of Tourism (DoT) has introduced new technology to develop tourism in Nepal as it successfully tested online tracking system to trace tourists’ activities. According to the department, the system can trace all online activities like the locations of tourists; hotels they are staying at and it also help to track the trails and other areas they are on.
Surendra Thapa, the director of DoT, the system has been developed aiming to provide security to the tourists and for the government to collect data, the record of tourist activities. The department had successfully tested the system on 35 tourists. This system has to be connected with the hotels, Tourists’ Information Management System (TIMs) card distribution centre, tourists and other concerned authorities so that it can work properly. The system can trace the tourists via their passport numbers too.
The system will also help during natural calamities. At the same time, the government of Nepal is also developing tourists’ records app to maintain the data of tourist arrivals in Nepal. This app is under construction in association with the Department of Immigration by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).
Furthermore, there is no such integrated system of keeping records of tourist arrival has been implemented in Nepal. The government is currently dependent on the details compiled by the immigration department that is also manual. Because of this lacking the government does not have the exact data of tourists’ arrivals each year via both air and land routes. This new system will obviously help in the tourism industry in Nepal by providing security and proper information via IT.