Tourism has been competitively and rapidly developing in the world, and due to specific natural and cultural heritages there is a great possibility of tourism industry in Nepal. Hence, in order to increase national production and income, to expand the earning of foreign currencies to create opportunities for employment, to improve regional imbalance and to develop the image of Nepal in international community having developed and expanded tourism industry, this TOURISM POLICY has been hereby framed.
1. Objectives :
1.1 To develop the tourism industry as a main economic sector of the nation by establishing its inter relation with other sectors of the country.
1.2 To increase employment, foreign currency earnings and national income and to improve regional imbalance having expanded the tourism industry up to the rural areas.
1.3 To develop and expand tourism industry by promoting natural, cultural and human environments of the country.
1.4 To maintain high image of the nation in international community by providing standard services and necessary security to the tourists.
1.5 To develop and promote Nepal as an attractive tourist center.
2. Policy :
a. Private sector participation shall be highly encouraged in the development and expansion of the tourist activities and Government's involvement in this field shall mainly be focused to the development of the tourism infrastructures and in addition to that Government shall also play a role of co-coordinator as well as a catalyst.
b. For the sake of sustainable development of the tourism industry, environmental protection programs shall be carried out in an effective and integrated manner.
c. Priority shall be given to new tourist spots particularly rural tourist spots having strengthened existing tourism infrastructures and facilities.
d. Religious tourism shall be developed by promoting and protecting famous religious pilgrimage places.