Knowledge Sharing Session on Great Himalaya Trails

To sustain the implementation of the brand further, a knowledge sharing session was held at the Annapurna Conservation Area office on the 7th of March 2018, in Pokhara. Participants in the session included members from leading tourism management associations responsible for tourism development in province 4 of Nepal.

The knowledge sharing session highlighted the need to integrate trail and enterprise standards tourism development plans of the provinces.

Quality Accreditation and Unveiling of Guidelines for the Great Himalaya Trails

Nepal’s potential in the tourism sector, particularly in trekking, has been hampered by a lack of product development and consistency in quality standards. This sector brief explores the unveiling of Nepal’s first Trail Standards Guidelines and the certification of eleven new internationally recognised trail auditors in Nepal. The purpose of this intervention will be to define quality standards for the GHT brand leading to a better product - improved experience, safety and sustainability on trekking trails. 

Feasibility Assessment and Proposal Formulation of a Certification System for Tourism SMEs

In line with Samarth – NMDP program's aims to improve the underlying pro-poor performance of tourism in Nepal and usher in systemic changes to how the industry operates, the creation of a framework was needed to bring improvement in the standards (product and service delivery) and market performance of enterprises through certification of core tourism ventures, which will ultimately result in the increase of income for rural tourism workers and entrepreneurs.

Samarth organizes an interaction programme to simplify the registration process of rural enterprises

Samarth-NMDP has recently completed an in-depth research in Kathmandu, Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions on “Identification and Formulation of a Proposed System for the Registration of Rural Tourism Enterprises.” In connection with this, Samarth has been carrying out wide consultations with relevant stakeholders to come up with valid, practical and achievable recommendations for the simplification of the registration process of the SMEs. 

Marketing efforts to support redevelopment and re-positioning of Nepal's tourism industry

At present, the quality of Nepal’s physical destination facilities and service delivery do not meet expectations of higher paying international visitors who consequently opt to travel elsewhere. 

Additionally, the 2015 earthquake is deferring interest due to safety concerns and the few visitors that do travel to Nepal are able to push rates down creating an unsustainable shift towards a low value model.

Great HImalaya Trails and Yeti Airlines/Tara Air Partnership

The partnership between the GHT and Yeti Airlines/Tara Air is a reflection of the private sector's support to the GHT and its objectives. Tara Air's new airplane provides improved passenger standards and increased safety specifications that form a real example of the quality of Nepal's new tourism products. The route network of Yeti Airlines/ Tara Air offers tourists access to all the gateways along the GHT. 

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