(3) Establishment of the Board
(1) A Board, namely Nepal Tourism Board, has been instituted for the development, expansion and promotion of tourism by establishing Nepal in the international world as a fascinating tourist destination.
(2) The Central Office of the Board shall be located in Kathmandu and the Board may open, as per necessity, its branch or sub-branch in any place within the Kingdom of Nepal or outside Nepal.
(4) Board to be an autonomous Institution
(1) The Board shall be an autonomous and organized institution with uninterrupted heir.
(2) The Board shall have a separate seal to run its functions.
(3) The Board, like an individual, shall be able to acquire or possess, use, sell and manage otherwise current or fixed assets or property.
(4) Like an individual, the Board may file a case or a case may be filed against the Board as well.
(5) Objectives of the Board
The objectives of the Board shall be as follows:
(a) To identify Nepal in the international world by developing it as a fascinating tourist destination.
(b) To develop, expand and promote tourism by conserving and promoting natural and cultural heritage, and the environment of the country.
(c) To create maximum employment opportunities by raising domestic national production and foreign currency earning through the development, expansion and promotion of tourism.
(d) To establish Nepal’s image in a high and dignified way in the international tourism community by developing Nepal as a safe, reliable and attractive tourist destination.
(e) To carry out functional research or get it done as per necessity for finding out ways to eliminate problems encountered in tourism sector so as to provide qualitative services to the tourists.
(f) To assist to establish and develop necessary institutions for tourism development.
(6) Rights and Duties of the Board
The rights and duties of the Board shall be as follows:
(i) To function as the representative of His Majesty’s Government or of any individual or institution/organization with the permission of His Majesty’s Government for carrying out activities related to tourism.
(ii) To formulate or get formulated necessary programme planning about infrastructure development, tourist service facility extension, manpower development and even activities related with environmental conservation of tourist destinations for the establishment, improvement, development, extension, promotion and protection of tourist trade.
(iii) To develop Nepal as an attractive tourist destination by getting involved in programme planning for increasing facilities to the tourists.
(iv) To coordinate the activities of individuals, institutions and organizations providing services to the tourists.
(v) To formulate or get formulated programmes related to tourism development by preparing technical and financial foundations necessary for tourist trade development and extension.
(vi) To promote or get promoted to the optimum level the participation of the private sector in various activities related with tourism for the development, extension and promotion of tourist trade.
(vii) To motivate the private sector to make the tourists visit the places of religious and cultural importance, high mountains (Himalayas) and sightsee the alluring natural beauty of the country by making use of the existing physical infrastructures related with tourism in an organized and effective way.
(viii) To develop Nepal as an adventurous and attractive tourist destination; to operate and to get operated recreational and adventurous tourism activities based on water, land and air which do not adversely affect the fundamental culture and tradition of the Kingdom of Nepal and to encourage the private sector to run such adventurous tourist activities.
(ix) To run constructive and promotional tourism activities including international seminars and conferences, trade fairs, cultural and youth festivals and sports competitions and to encourage private sectors too to run such activities.
(x) To encourage at most the participation of the local community in various activities related to the protection of places of historical importance, temples and stupas.
(xi) To give priority to rural tourist destinations while developing new tourist destinations and consolidating tourism infrastructures and facilities too, and to motivate local rural community to run various programmes for rural tourism development.
(xii) To mobilize or get mobilized investment for infrastructure building and development of new tourist destinations.
(xiii) To protect and promote religious places, to extend facilities and services in such places of religious and cultural importance for attracting more tourists and for developing religious tourism, and to develop and get such places developed as international religious centres.
(xiv) To develop or get developed Nepal as a principal tourist centre of the world by competitively promoting tourism in international tourism origin markets.
(xv) To develop and promote tourism for wildlife observation.
(xvi) To raise inter-country tourism activities based on mutual benefits by coordinating with friendly countries.
(xvii) To implement or get implemented publicity programmes on various levels for raising tourism consciousness.
(xviii) To make special arrangement for the security of the tourists by standardizing services and facilities provided to the tourists by tourism entrepreneurs.
(xix) To prescribe a code of conduct for tourism entrepreneurs through their respective occupational associations for raising quality standard of tourism services and facilities.
(xx) To extend cooperation for conducting necessary training and orientation programmes in order to provide technical knowledge, orientation and technical support to individuals and institutions involved in tourism business.
(xxi) To give from time to time necessary suggestions and consultation for the development of tourism business to His Majesty’s Government and the Tourism Council instituted by His Majesty’s Government.
(xxii) To request His Majesty’s Government to take necessary action under prevailing laws against institutions not providing qualitative services as per the quality standard regulated as to be followed by agencies related with tourism business.
(xxiii) To provide and make a provision for necessary services and consultation in subjects related to tourism to tourists and tourism entrepreneurs.
(xxiv) To spend in the respective area the amount received from His Majesty’s Government from institutions under government’s ownership and other non-governmental organizations for tourism promotion, infrastructure development, tourism service, services extension.
(xxv) To extend cooperation for internal/domestic tourism development by giving assistance to provide necessary services or facilities to Nepali tourists.
(xxvi) To purchase or acquire the share or bond of any organized institution involved in tourism business.
(xxvii) To make investment in a business supporting tourism promotion.
(xxviii) To negotiate with foreign or international organizations with the approval of His Majesty’s Government for the fulfillment of the Board’s objectives.
(xxix) To approve necessary budget for conducting Board’s annual programmes.
(xxx) To perform other necessary activities related with the development, extension and promotion of tourism.
(7) Board eligible to raise necessary service fee
The Board shall be able to raise service fee as directed for the consultation or services it has provided directly or indirectly to tourists or tourism entrepreneurs.
(8) Board eligible to mobilize Financial Resources:
To run its programmes, the Board shall be able to mobilize necessary financial resources as a loan, subsidy, donation or present from His Majesty’s Government, institutions under government ownership, non-government organizations, foreign governments or international government agencies.