Eco-tourism: Opportunity and Challenge in Nepal
Rabi Kiran Adhikari, EMBA, AIM
Nepal has been proved to be good destination for the tourism. The industry has been growing smoothly. The initiative for the expansion of the industry has been a priority of multisectoral organisation and people. But as expected; our economy has not made significant improvement through tourism. There are various manifestations for the underdevelopment of the industry. Even though there are various strategies adopted to improve the number and quality of tourist, there is only certain level of increment we have made. The increment of the tourism has given both the negative and positive outputs. The important aspect of the negative side of the tourism is pollution, cultural insensitivity and changes in values and beliefs. The ecotourism has been found to be the best alternative to improve the negative impact of the tourism. The concept of the eco tourism has come into practice to safeguard the environment and promote local culture and benefit the local communities and the tourists. The ecotourism focus on the conservation of the ecology and the goal is to achieve the sustainable development through responsible tourism. But it's not easy to achieve the goal because there are not yet supportive environment and policy formulated. There is lack of appropriate plan of action and the guidelines for the implementation of the intervention. We know that there are some of the action has been carried out to promote the ecotourism but it's through the donation and the funding from INGOs, but it's very insufficient. We know ecotourism is very favourable in Nepal but there are many things need to do, we don’t have that much awareness and capacity for promoting the ecotourism. The focus is give for the sustainable development and benefit of the local community so that the fruits of the tourism take place in right way. We all know and say tourism is the good source of the development of the...
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