Women take active participation in Nepal to retrieve tourism

 Wednesday, July 20, 2022 

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Nepal is reviving their tourism industry with the active participation of Women. Nepal’s Government has begun providing skill training to locals in the tourism business. The government of Nepal has begun providing structured training to women alongside men to help develop the tourism sector grow. The government of Nepal will provide training to 45 women so that they can work as river rating guides. An additional 50 women will be given the training to work as guides.

The woman-only training was organised for the first time in Nepal with government support. It is expected to be a milestone in workforce development in Nepal tourism.

The training is being organised with the objective of increasing the attraction of youth and making women self-reliant. The Nepal government is hoping to get the women population involved in the major tourism industry.

The training is helping women to build a career for themselves in the tourism sector, as a result, it is generating employment.

In 2020, Nepal was expecting to double the number of tourists visiting the country, which was above 1 million in 2019. But 2020 brought catastrophe, COVID-19 which affected the lives of millions of people. 

As a result, tourist arrival in 2021 was almost, 34.3 per cent less, and earnings also from the tourism sector decreased by almost 46 per cent in comparison to the previous year.

During the pandemic, about 50% of the existing staff connected with the tourism industry of Nepal abandoned the sector. Plus, there has been a significant gender imbalance in the travel industry.

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dhananjaya Regmi said that they are facing a severe skilled manpower shortage. During the pandemic, many people migrated from Kathmandu or tourist areas to their villages and started new occupations. So, NTB is focusing on giving training to different people to serve different parts of the industries’.

As a recovery plan, Nepal is concentrating on tourism development for economic growth. The plan includes providing training to 30 men alongside the women to provide training as well.

Deuralee Chamling Rai, who is a participant in rafting guide training and also scaled Mt Everest in 2018 is waiting for her license to arrive. She informed the press very enthusiastically that this training is helping her to meet her long-suppressed aspirations.

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