The tourism industry’s role as a significant contributor to both GDP generation and employment across the Asia Pacific region has significant implications for regional development. Nepal has great potential to become a top destination for tourists as the nation is famous for its snowcapped mountains, abundant flora and fauna, exciting trekking routes, and rich cultural and religious diversity. According to the WTTC, the share of the travel and tourism sector in Nepal’s GDP is about 7.9 percent and ranks 103rd in the global ranking of travel and tourism competitiveness index.

Nepal holds great potential for tourism development, which can stimulate economic growth and development. For Nepal, tourism is the main instrument for regional development with a positive economic impact on income, employment, and production. However, tourism may also have a negative impact on the environment. For sustainable tourism development, the need for optimum utilization of natural resources and minimization of ecological, cultural, and social impacts is vital. Additionally, there is a need for conducive policies and strategies by the government that will help improve the livelihood of the local communities through balanced and sectoral tourism development.

TREES is working in partnership with all relevant stakeholders to protect the natural and cultural heritage whilst developing a resilient society through sustainable tourism development approach.