Sustainable tourism project launched by NTB and UNDP for livelihood revival

12th Sep, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 12: The Sustainable Tourism Project launched by the Nepal Tourism Board in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the revival of livelihoods has been launched in Kathmandu on Sunday. 

The project, in collaboration with the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), employs hundreds of tourism workers at the Narayanhiti Durbar Museum, hundreds at Chandragiri's Matatirtha and 60 at Smarat Prakriti Pratisthan Thankot. Similarly, more than 40 people have started working with Hotel Association Nepal (HAN). Accordingly, more than 300 workers of the tourism sector have been involved in work on Sunday alone.

According to the project, about 250 workers have been involved in the project in Kirtipur, Kathmandu and Jaljala of Sakhuwasabha. The project has started sustainable tourism projects for revival of livelihood by signing agreements with various local umbrella organizations including Kirtipur of Kathmandu, Changunarayan of Bhaktapur, Thaha of Makwanpar, Ratnanagar Municipality of Chitwan, Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, Mustang, Parbat and Okhardhunga. 

For the two-year, six-month project, the Tourism Board will invest 1 million dollar and UNDP will invest 1.5 million dollar. The project aims to provide relief to about 5,000 workers in the tourism sector by creating short-term employment. The board also aims to provide employment to more than 2,000 people in partnership with local levels across the country.

Maniraj Lamichhane, Information Officer of the board and national project coordinator of the project, said that the project will provide short-term employment to the tourism workers by specifying the areas for footpaths, rafting rivers, trekking trails, mountaineering areas and other tourist properties.

Mayor of Chandagiri Municipality Ghanshyam Giri, Chairman of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Khum Bahadur Subedi, Director of the Board and National Project Coordinator of the project Maniraj Lamichhane and others inaugurated the program. Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Giri said that the program would help in the protection and promotion of tourism heritage.

Similarly, TAAN Chairman Subedi said that the project would provide relief to the tourism and stressed on its practical implementation. Similarly, Executive Director of the Museum Bhesh Raj Dahal said that the work of cleaning the museum would not only maintain the attraction of the historical tourist destination but also provide employment to the troubled workers even if it is short term. 

Similarly, Nandini Lahe Thapa, Senior Director of the Board said that the project would create employment opportunities for the workers in the tourism sector even if it is short-lived. TAAN's General Secretary Sarita Lama said the Covid pandemic had hit the tourism sector hardest, adding that it would bring some relief to the workers.

A similar program has been started at the Tribhuvan International Airport Council in coordination with Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Hotel Association (HAN). Speaking on the occasion, HAN's First Vice President Binayak Shah said that the program would help the workers affected by Covid. 

On the occasion, Ward Member of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Ward No. 9 Shri Ram Rai appreciated the program and said that the ward would extend all possible support for the success of the program. Senior Manager of Nepal Tourism Board Sunil Sharma, General Secretary of HAN Sajan Shakya and others said that such programs would help in providing relief to people. 

In the first phase of the project, 1,600 most affected people in the main tourist areas of Nepal will be involved in cleaning of tourist area, maintenance of footpaths, maintenance of footpaths, installation of signage and maintenance of 64,000 working days. Coordinator Lamichhane informed that the work has been started. The project aims to move the work forward by concluding agreements with other local levels and organizations in the coming days.