TOURISM Sell­ing the Hi­malayas

En­dowed with great nat­u­ral beauty, Nepal suf­fers from a num­ber of short­com­ings that must be ad­dressed be­fore it can be­come a premier tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Southasia - - Contents - By Manam Iqbal

Nepal has a long way to go be­fore

it can be­come a tourism hub

Nepal, a small coun­try cra­dled in the lap of the Hi­malayas, is dili­gently work­ing to de­velop its tourism sec­tor as a means to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of its 29 mil­lion in­hab­i­tants.

Con­tribut­ing more than four per­cent to the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct, tourism is the only sec­tor that brings the largest amount of for­eign ex­change into Nepal, em­ploys the max­i­mum num­ber of the ur­ban and ru­ral pop­u­la­tion and helps trav­el­ers get a sense of Nepal’s dis­tinct cul­tural val­ues, deeply rooted tra­di­tions and pic­turesque scenery.

Un­like other coun­tries that har­bor a his­tory of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil, Nepal does not try to cover up its his­tory of vi­o­lence but rather ex­ploits it to its ben­e­fit. The most in­trepid ad­ven­tur­ers trav­el­ing to this des­ti­na­tion of­ten trek to re­gions such as Tha­bang, the birth­place of the bloody Maoist revo-

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