Tourism In Priority
Being the biggest source of foreign exchange earnings, the tourism industry in Nepal deserves to be treated as a top national priority sector. It needs no mention that the country holds boundless tourism prospects with her rich cultural heritage and floral and faunal diversity. As this multi-faceted industry is among key sectors of the national economy for creating jobs, it could be an important means to achieve the goal of economic prosperity. In her almost seven-decade long tourism history, the country has made some remarkable achievements when it comes to developing tourism products and destination promotion abroad. However, the tourism sector has not grown as anticipated because of lack of long-term planning and policy stability.
In its efforts to develop the tourism industry in a more effective manner, the government is going to showcase 10 major tourism infrastructure projects among the national and international investors in the upcoming Nepal Investment Summit 2019. The government aims to draw investments for materialising those vital projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. As per news report published in this daily the other day, the cost of the projects designed by Investment Board Nepal (IBN) stands at around US$ 655 million. The proposed projects include luxury and high altitude resorts, cultural hotel, mountain academy, film city, recreation centres and hospitals, among others, in different parts of the country. The IBN has planned to establish a luxury tourist resort in Shey-Phokshundo of Dolpa district of the Karnali State with an investment of US$ 100 million. The Shey-Phoksundo National Park and its surrounding areas are the best places for nature lovers and adventurers. The IBN has proposed to develop a ski resort project in Manang district. With an estimated cost of US$ 100 million, the project includes luxury resort, ski tow system (ski club), snow making system and hiking and trekking trail. To be developed in Dhanushadham Municipality of Dhanusha district in State 2, the Janaki Heritage Hotel and Cultural Village is another project. Under the project, a world-class luxury heritage hotel with facilities for high-end luxury wedding venue will be developed based on the architectural design of Janaki Temple. Similarly, the IBN is also to demonstrate the Dhulikhel Dreamland Project, which is based on a theme park with the component of nature.
The Khaptad Tourism Project based on spiritual destination development will also be showcased in the summit. The project will have cable car, star hotels, sports and wellness activities, cultural museum, trekking trails and regeneration, conservation and development. The Dolakha Mountain Academy is another project proposed by the IBN to be established at Rolwaling/Sailung of Dolakha district. A Film City is to be developed in Bhimeshwor Municipality of Dolakha district. Film shooting destination, entertainment and leisure destination development are main features of the project. The Gautam Buddha International Maternity Hospital Project is to be showcased in the summit. A 200-bed hospital to be established in Lumbini Sanskritik Municipality in Rupandehi district will have state-of-the-art healthcare facility. Similarly, IBN is going to present Tal-talaiya Theme Park with Hotel Project in Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City, Sunsari district and Damauli Multi-purpose Project, a water based tourism project, in Vyas Municipality of Tanahun district. Once these projects materialise, they are sure to help take the country’s tourism industry to a newer height.