By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Apr. 6
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Sharat Singh Bhandari Tuesday emphasized need to hold extensive discussions among stakeholders before introducing the home-stay tourism policy.
Minister Bhandari said that the government doing necessary preliminary exercises in this regard.
He further said that it was necessary to promote religious, cultural and monumental sites in order to utilise them for generating incomes.
He hoped that the home-stay programme would be helpful for tourism promotion.
He expressed the view while addressing an interaction organised by the Lazimpat Tourism Development Board in the capital.
The government is planning to introduce home-stay tourism policy in order to make additional accommodation arrangements for tourists in rural as well as urban areas.
Laxman Bhattarai, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, said that the programme aimed at taking the benefits of tourism to the rural areas and increase the participation of people in the tourism sector.
Presenting a working paper, Bhattarai said that home-stay would not only impart accommodation facilities to tourists but also protect and promote traditional lifestyle and culture.
Govinda Singh Dangol president of Lazimpat Tourism Development Board, asked the government to introduce an effective policy on home-stay tourism keeping in view the growing number of tourists in the country in 2011 when the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 is being celebrated.
Dangol stressed the need to bring the existing home-stay activities to legal framework.
Uddhav Puri, resenting a paper on Development, Challenges and Reform of Home-stay Tourism in Nepal, urged the government to implement the home-stay as a long-term programme.
He said that Nepal held a huge potential for promoting the homes-stay programme considering cultural diversity and lack of sufficient accommodation facilities.