Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality, Nepal is Back!!!
As we are aware that the tourism sector is a backbone of the Nepalese economy, came to a griding halt in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.However, now the sector is picking up steam with the total number of active COVID-19 cases dropping down across the country. Last year in the same period, only 14,977 foreign tourists visited Nepal.The Department of Tourism, Nepal, said the country received 78,747 foreign tourists from January to March end this year.
As you all know tourism plays a significant role in Nepal. We can get many advantages from it. Firstly, we can earn foreign currency which can be use for our development. Many people have got employed in the offices belonging to tourism. Thus, it helps to lessen the problems of unemployment. Tourists buy our goods, curios and native articles of our country. By the result, our cottage industries can get benefited. Tourism helps our hotel industry. They want to live in good hotels. Many expensive and good hotels have been providing services to them. Similarly, many tourist guides and porters are employed in it.
Tourism and hospitality industries has always been a complex sector and is strongly linked to supply chains from other market systems. It is highly dependent on physical infrastructure and human resources and is heavily influenced by foreign affairs laws and labour and environmental policies. Building a strong and resilient tourism sector is crucial in a world experiencing an economic crisis, pandemics, and climate change.
Hospitality Hub has been working on tourism and hospitality development for more than 4 years across the countries. Our partners are governments, destination managers, the private sector, training providers and community groups.
We contribute training and development through updated research based trainings to develop a tourism destination frame. We consider the social and environmental impact and respect the destination’s resources.
Let’s minimising negative impacts and make it better places to live in and visit
Hospitality Hub supports destinations and stakeholders in their development towards a balanced tourism sector growth. The goal is to create better places for people to live in and visit, maximising the positive and minimising the negative impacts of tourism on people, planet and prosperity.
Implement a wide range of projects either for a destination, region or at a national level. Our most frequent interventions focus on:
• sustainable tourism destination development and management
• tourism and hospitality capacity building and skills development
My approach for sustainable tourism development
We believe approach in tourism development is demand-oriented, systemic and inclusive. It ensures lasting economic success while taking social and environmental impact into account.We keep in mind the human, financial, natural and intangible resources inherent to the specific destination.
Supports sustainable tourism development at all levels:
• Provide customised, result-oriented advisory services that prove sustained effectiveness.
• Tackle tourism challenges strategically and are demand-driven, ensuring quick-wins and lasting impact.
• Provide in-depth training to apply the principles of Sustainable Tourism Destination Management.
• Provide technical advice to provide strategic guidance in destination analysis and planning, product development and marketing, as well as organisational development.
Our key takeaways:
• Sustainable tourism is meant for the long-term or specifically ad infinitum so that the future generations too can benefit from it.
• Tourism needs to be controlled or contained so that it does not extract more from the destination than it can contribute.
• Sustainable tourism should not be human-centric but care for the biodiversity of the planet too.
• Natural resources: the tourism industry should run on a limited capacity and not be over-exploitative.
• Sustainable tourism should make a positive impact by improving the livelihoods of the local communities.
• Employing locals in tourism businesses is key. Providing them with financial security is important, especially during times like the pandemic-induced travel downturn.
• Sustainable tourism is financially viable, and profitable for the stakeholders involved.
• It helps travelers to get a richer understanding of the local culture through valuable cultural exchange.
These implementation and advisory work is oriented towards increasing the length of stay, tourism and visitor spending and the number of responsible visitors.
Tourism activities have started to pick up and many tourists can be seen in the main tourist destinations including the federal capital, Kathmandu in recent days. Statistics shared by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) shows that 58 thousand 348 foreign tourists entered Nepal in the month of April alone. This is an increase by160 per cent compared to the same month last year. Twenty-two thousand 450 foreign tourists had visited Nepal in April 2021.
Nepal is known as a suitable place to promote tourism. The nature has given us many things which are liked by tourists. Some tourists come here to enjoy the natural beauties and wonders. Some of them visit our country for trekking and climbing mountains. Some want to learn something about our history, culture, religion and so on. We can see that some tourists come here to enjoy their holidays.
To conclude my opnion for this write up I strongly believe sustainable tourism is supported through a set of management, development, and marketing practices that together attempt to take full advantage of the positive economic, social, and environmental benefits of tourism while minimizing the negative impacts in order to address the long-term needs of travelers, the industry, the environment, and host communities
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Author: Vilash Khatri
International Life Skills Trainer
Hospitality Master Trainer
Human Defense Mechanism Lecturer
Public Speaking Trainer (World Ranker-4736)