Tourism Resource Center

Need of New Policy

Subsequent to the ten years long people's war and historical popular movement, the conclusion of comprehensive peace accord and the formation of Constituent Assembly through elections held together with the commencement of peace process, the fourth amendment in the Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063 has declared "Federal Democratic Republic State of Nepal" and necessary efforts are being made to logically conclude the peace process. The world is observing the peace process of Nepal with interest, and as a result of positive changes, the visit of more than half a million tourists to Nepal in 2007 was not only an increase in the number of tourist arrivals in the country, but also indicated the increase in the desire of domestic and foreign investors to invest in the tourism business. Recognising the necessity of tourism promotion for economic change, the Government of Nepal has placed tourism in high priority of new economic policy since f/y 2065/066 (2008/09) and declared to frame a new tourism policy, by revising Tourism Policy 2052 (1995) and making the policies and activities of all concerned ministries oriented towards promotion of tourism. It is necessary for the new Tourism Policy to address various issues, such as, access of local community and people to the benefits of tourism services, promotion and expansion of rural tourism activities, as well as exploration and identification of tourist spots, development of tourism infrastructure, enhancement in the services to be provided to the tourists, easy access, safe destinations and prolongation of stay period. Together with the earning of foreign currency and increase in employment opportunity, it is found that tourism is required to be integrated with poverty alleviation and new economic development, by improving the living standards of people. Since the government alone cannot achieve quantitative and qualitative growth of tourism service sector, it is necessary to develop the ourism by public, community and private sector partnership.

In this background, it is expedient to revise the existing policy and frame a new tourism policy for the attainment of new height in tourism promotion in order to lay the foundation for economic change.