A study report of the World Bank has put Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, at the top priority for investment potential. In a meeting with the tourism-related entrepreneurs and stakeholders on investment prospects in Bhairahawa, Lisa Choegyal, a consultant of the WB said that the report has put Kathmandu as the second most potential area for tourism investment after Lumbini.
Similarly, wider cultural tourism region linking Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Ridi, Palpa, Gorkha and Bandipur has been placed at the third priority in investment potential, she said.
Lisa, who is in the course of her study on tourism development potential in Lumbini, said that her study will concentrate on the infrastructure development, including standard and Eco-friendly roads, five-star hotels and other tourism requirements.
The previous study had recommended for building an international convention center meditation home, and wider prayer center for Buddhists, she said.
Source: Nepal Mountain News-21 Jan, 2013