The Nepal Tourism Board in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has started providing employment to about five thousand people.
Employment opportunities have been created for the tourism sector workers through sustainable tourism project to revive their livelihood.
In order to revive the tourism sector of the country which has been most affected by the covid-19 epidemic, the government has been providing various programs to the private sector.
The employment growth program has been taken forward to provide relief to the workers and laborers especially in the tourism sector.
Mani Lamichhane, National Coordinator of the project, said that the Nepal tourism board’s project has started to provide employment to the most affected people in the tourism sector by creating employment and income generation opportunities for those who lost their jobs and income due to the Covid epidemic.
He informed that work will be done in 15 areas under the project, especially in the areas of footpaths, properties, etc. by determining the priorities.
In the first phase of the project, 1,600 people in the main tourist areas of Nepal have been provided employment for 40 days by being involved in the cleaning of the tourist area, maintenance of footpaths, maintenance of footpaths, installation of signage and maintenance.
At least 100 workers from seven states have been provided employment. They are paid Rs 1,000 every day.
For the project of two years and six months, the Nepal tourism Board will spend one million and the UNDP will spend one million 50 thousand and a total of 2 million 50 thousand US dollars.
The goal is to provide employment to more than 2,000 people by partnering with local levels across the country.
The project has stated that agreements have been reached with 10 out of 90 village municipalities so far.
The footpath tourism areas of the project include Annapurna region, Sagarmatha region, Langtang region, Manaslu region, Kanchenjunga Pathibhara region, Makalu Barun region and Khaptad region.
Similarly, Lumbini, Janakpur and Kathmandu valleys are towards the cultural heritage area. The rafting and water tourism areas are Trishuli, Bhotekoshi, Kaligandaki, Karnali and Marsyangdi.
Nepal Tourism Board Relief Program for Tourism Entrepreneurs
700 tourism entrepreneurs from seven states will be trained in skill-based tourism to enhance their business skills and small infrastructure will be constructed in the tourism sector. Under this, 40 new wooden bridges will be constructed and 10 old wooden bridges will be repaired, 10 resting places, garbage management system in 20 places and 300 garbage management rent, 30 new signs and 90 signs will be connected and repaired. Three km of stone stairs will be constructed and 100 km of drains and stone stairs will be repaired and two tourist information centers will be constructed.
The project was approved by the Ministry of Finance through the taluk-based Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
A project board has been set up to make the project systematic and result oriented. Among them are the executive head of the board and representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Nepal Tourism board and UNDP. At present, footpath maintenance, property cleaning and other works are in full swing.
According to project coordinator Lamichhane, the program, which was earlier conducted as a pilot project, provided employment to more than 250 workers for 45 days.
Each worker was paid a daily wage of Rs.1000 rs (10$) . The program was conducted in five locations as part of the immediate recovery program.
Maintenance and sanitation work was carried out in Khummu area of Province No. 1, Janakur area of Province No. 2, Annapurna area of Gandaki province and Kaskikot. The project aims to provide employment to around 5,000 people during the project period, said coordinator Lamichhane.
To formulate a comprehensive national revival strategy for the tourism sector and make guidelines for the standardization of tourism services in Nepal. There are plans to operate.