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April 15, 2011

Nepal tourism year 2011 and thousands of latrine

Filed under: Advocacy,Anita Pradhan's Post,Media,Sanitation,Wider impacts — Anita Pradhan @ 5:15 pm

Tourism plays a big role in Nepal, according to the National Tourism Plan in order to make Nepal Tourism Year 2011 successful they aim to attract one million international tourists and also establish a quarter million new tourist sites. These expected tourists who will visit the different sites will also need to have facilities available for them according to their needs. With 2011 being Nepal Tourism Year it is necessary that we provide tourists with proper facilities. These proper facilities not only include lodging, food and security but also proper hygiene and sanitation facilities like safe water and proper latrines.

With far off regions lacking in proper hotels the National Tourism Plan came up with the novel idea of establishing home-stay programs. This is benefitting to both the tourist and local people as it allows tourists to interact with people and allows the local to generate some income. In order to qualify for the home-stay programme, the chosen homes must have proper latrine facilities.  However the organising committee has not checked if homes have proper hygiene and sanitation facilities, this may leave tourists in a lurch. According to WaterAid in Nepal’s calculations if the expected number of one million tourists arrived for the Tourism Year, Nepal would require 77,000 latrines at a minimum. An ordinary pit latrine costs NRS 5000, according to calculations it would require 75 million NRS to make such latrines only.

Stakeholders, policy makers and advisors need to take into account that proper sanitation and hygiene facilities could actually help boost tourism and economy. With tourism year already in full swing there is little we can now do to ensure that tourists have access to latrines and proper sanitation facilities.

This post is prepared with modification on the article written by Ms Anita Pradhan, Communications Officer at WaterAid in Nepal. The article is published on The Kantipur Daily on 26 October 2010.

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