Tourism Social Responsibility
"Respect for local culture and support for social development are integral to responsible tourism practice, considering the impacts tourism can have on local communities."
While tourism can improve local living standards, uncontrolled development can destabilise whole communities. Negative impacts can range from increased tension as a result of unequal benefits to crime, prostitution, begging, alcohol and drug abuse. Tourism operators should be sensitive to potential impacts, such as loss of privacy, prevention of access to culturally significant places, invasion of sacred sites or the demeaning of cultural ceremonies, which can result from tourism.
Promote a Local Tourism Culture
• Offer to provide tourism lectures at local schools.
• Invite local school children to visit your tourism operation.
• Work with other tourism initiatives to promote a tourism culture in your region.
Support Local Development and Education
• Ask local staff and community representatives about their immediate development needs.
• Jointly identify community projects for improvements, e.g. a local school, clinic or sports team. You may wish to ‘adopt a school’, provide bursaries to local school children, or support promising young sports stars. Record how many projects you support and where the funds come from.
• Address health education for staff and local people, e.g. how to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria , Natural Disaster(Earthquake, Lanslide etc).
• Facilitate literacy and other education programmes for staff and local people.
• Link staff and local people with support agencies that will assist them with community development programmes.
Respect Local Culture
• Negotiate with host communities the notice required for tourist visits, what activities are acceptable and what size groups are suitable. Ask whether it is appropriate for tourists to visit people’s homes.
• Treat cultural heritage with dignity and respect. Inform guests about local customs and traditions and appropriate behaviour. Ensure that tourists ask permission to take photographs or to videotape people.
• Ensure that clients do not damage or remove religious or cultural artefacts.
Is it safe to travel to Nepal after Earthquakes
The recent earthquake in Nepal has created lots of confusion in the international market whether or not Nepal is safe to travel. The uncertainty, the hesitancy is understandable as the devastating earthquake had shaken up the lives here in Nepal, however, things are gradually catching up the pace and life is slowly coming back to normalcy. Here are some important information that we have collected from various sources which should help learn more about Nepal – after the quake.
Is Nepal Safe? The Government of Nepal, Ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil aviation on its press release has assured that Nepal is safe and secured place to visit. Except for the earthquake worst hit districts (out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 8 are affected), life has come back to normalcy; everyone is back to their daily routines.
Tribhuvan international airport (TIA): The country’s international airport is back into its normal operation. All international and domestic flights are operating normally.
Trekking routes & other destinations : "There are still many places in Nepal which is safe for trekking. Only two region effected by Earthquake - Manaslu Region and Lantang Region and Respected Agency of Nepal are working under Trail.
Everest Region: As per the Toursim.gov.np, the Everest Trekking Route (Khumbu Trekking) is safe. Moreover, our team has also reached up to Namche and has assured that it is safe for trekking.
Annapurna Region: The Annapurna routes are safe, these areas have very minimal impact of the earthquake.
Mustang/Dolpo/Makalu: These are also the least affected trekking areas. It has been assured that Mustang & Dolpo can be operated in this summer without any issue.
Other Popular Destinations: Many of the trekking routes have a minimum impact of earthquake. Moreover, other popular destinations like Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya and various national parks and wildlife reserves are safe and intact.
Places in mid and Far western development regions like Dolpa, Rara of Mugu, Badimalika, Khaptad, Rolpa/Rukum are known as center and capital of natural beauty.
Heritage sites of Nepal: The government is opening heritage sites in Kathmandu for tourists from June 15. Director General of the Department of Archaeology confirmed that they will open Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square for the tourists officially from that day. He further added that Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha and Pashupatinath are safe for sightseeing even today.
Hotels/Resorts: Most of the hotels in the Kathmandu valley are in full operations including five star hotels, resorts and other restaurants. The Government of Nepal is inspecting hotels to identify if the property is safe to stay or not considering the extent of damage caused by the recent earthquake.
Communications: Telephone services, Internet is operating as normal.
It is the high time to explore Nepal and visit virgin destinations of Nepal. And as mentioned in the TIME, one of the Best Way to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake is to Go There on Vacation. You will see something different this time – the other side of Nepal.
Here are the picture of rescently activities of Earthquke Victim - 7.9 & 7.3 earthquakes