Tourism Development Plans as Presented in Main Party Election Manifestos « Khabarhub
Tourism development plans as presented in major party election manifestos
KATHMANDU: The country’s tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, has started to gradually recover. Foreign tourist arrivals have also seen a gradual increase at present.
Tourist activities have started to pick up and many tourists can be seen in major tourist destinations including the federal capital, Kathmandu, in recent days.
Statistics shared by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) show that 58,000 foreign tourists entered Nepal in the month of April alone. This is an increase of 160% compared to the same month last year. No less than 22,450 foreign tourists had visited Nepal in April 2021.
The arrival of tourists in April this year is the highest number after the pandemic. The number of tourist arrivals has been slowly increasing since the first month of this year. The number of tourist arrivals is 16,975 in January, 19,766 in February and over 42,000 in March this year.
The number of foreign tourists has also increased because it is mountaineering season in Nepal. Foreigners come in large numbers here for the purpose of mountaineering and trekking, as this is the auspicious time for these activities.
Data from the Department of Tourism (DoT) shows that so far, 899 climbers from 11 expedition teams have been granted permits to climb mountains, including Mount Everest.
The 15th five-year plan included tourism as the main base of the national economy and the country adopted the policy of developing the most attractive tourist destinations and providing quality services. The country goes to local elections on May 13.
In this context, the political parties have launched their respective electoral manifesto. The main political parties have defined strategies in their electoral manifesto giving top priority to tourism as a solid pillar of the national economy.
The parties pledged through the election manifesto to give high priority to tourism as an important source of national revenue and to raise the standard of living of the people while making Nepal a unique tourist destination in the world.
Parties such as the Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, CPN-Maoist Center, CPN-Unified Socialist, Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) and Loktantrik Samajbadi Party (LSP) have presented ambitious promotion plans of tourism through their respective electoral manifestos.
NC emphasizes integrated and systematic tourism development
The Nepali Congress aims to ensure an integrated and systematic development of the tourism sector over the next decade and make it a major contributor to the national economy.
CN’s election manifesto pledges to improve people’s standard of living by making Nepal a special tourist destination and to recognize and demonstrate that tourism is an important tool for promoting national income.
The party aims to promote tourist destinations for the retention, re-visit and encouragement of tourist arrivals, the assurance of quality entrepreneurs and the reflection of local identity in new infrastructure development projects .
The party announces building at least one cultural museum at each local level and promoting tourism as an environmentally friendly business. He promises to encourage the private sector to amplify tourism activities and ensure the safety of tourism labor associated with riskier tourism areas such as mountaineering, trekking, rafting and safari in the jungle.
The party declares a subsidy for the construction of houses with traditional architecture, ensuring the conservation of these structures built in traditional styles.
Prosperity through tourism development: UML
The CPN-UML aims to create jobs and move towards prosperity by promoting locally recognized territories and developing tourism. It ensures the conservation of natural tourist heritage, natural heritage, the development of historical and cultural heritage and the promotion of festivals and local cultural events such as cultural festivals.
In addition to this, the party is considering a policy of promoting “eco-tourism”. The development and management of a park in each district, the creation of hotels and residences at the local level, the development of hiking routes, cable car services, paragliding, bungee jumping and heliport in cooperation with the private sector are presented as priorities. of the party in the electoral manifesto.
CPN-Unified Socialist focuses on job creation through tourism
The CPN-Unified Socialist in its electoral manifesto is committed to stimulating economic activities and creating job opportunities by attracting tourists, national and foreign, through the maximum use of local resources.
In addition, it will build and establish tourism infrastructure such as tourist centers, homestay facilities, tourist roads and trails and conserve and promote historical and religious tourism.
Janata Samajbadi party to develop five-year tourism development plan at each local level
Similarly, the Janata Samajbadi party has adopted a policy for all local levels to develop a five-year action plan in which domestic and foreign tourists will be attracted through the expansion and use of hospitality and trekking facilities and conservation and protection of ecology, religious areas, lakes. and rivers.
Entrepreneurs who run hotels, resorts and other tourism-related businesses will be exempt from 75% income tax for the first five years. Women aspiring to open a reception center will be granted loans on favorable terms.
Tourism must become the basis of income generation: CPN-Maoist Center
Similarly, the CPN-Maoist Center has developed a policy to help people generate income through the production of tourism-related activities, such as homestays, and at least 50% of the income generated by tourism activities must be spent at the respective local level.
The Loktantrik Samajbadi party has a plan to identify and expose additional tourist destinations and build infrastructure to promote tourism. Websites and other social sites will be used to publicize tourist destinations. There will be cooperation with the provincial and federal governments for the construction, protection and advertising of tourist destinations.