World Bank to help develop Buddhist Circuit
KAROBAR CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, Feb 01, 2018
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The World Bank is going to help develop Buddhist Circuit. The World Bank office in India organizing a meeting in New Delhi has brought Buddhist tourism stakeholders, including hoteliers and tour operators, to discuss ideas for promotion of Buddhist sites in Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as an integrated Buddhist Circuits destination.
Attending the meeting as an invitee from Nepal, Bikram Pandey, who has been promoting cross-border tourism between Nepal and India through Buddhist Circuits tourism, said that the World Bank must play the role of a go-between the governments and the Buddhist tourism sector.
He also said that World Bank should safeguard the interest of private sector players by ensuring the smooth and hassle-free development of Buddhist Circuits tourism across Buddha’s life sites and Buddhism belt.
Indian stakeholders, on the occasion, highlighted difficulties and constraints that they have been facing in development of Buddhist Circuits tourism. They also expressed their frustrations at their government’s not so friendly attitude toward the industry.
One of the participants from India, Prof at Nalanda University Dr. Ravindra Panth, said that Indian government’s contribution has not been enough to give Buddhist Circuits tourism the much-needed impetus and that it must be changed.
Speaking on the occasion, Stefania Abakerli, Senior Development Planner, Cultural Heritage and Inclusive Tourism Development, South Asia Region, World Bank, assured that the World Bank would play the role of a facilitator between Buddhist Circuits tourism players and the respective government machineries.