Chapter – 2 Establishment and Management of the Board
3. Establishment of the Board:
(1) A Board, by the name of Nepal Tourism Board is hereby established to develop, expand and promote tourism business to present Nepal in the international arena as a fascinating tourist destination.
(2) The Central Office of the Board shall lie in Kathmandu Valley and the Board may open its branch or Sub-branch in any place within or outside Nepal as per necessity.
4. Board to be an Autonomous Body:
(1) The Board shall be an autonomous and corporate body with perpetual succession.
(2) The Board shall have a separate seal for its function and action.
(3) The Board, like a person may acquire, enjoy, sell or otherwise manage its moveable and immovable property by its own name.
(4) The Board like a person may sue or be sued by its name.
5. Objectives of the Board:
The objectives of the Board shall be as follows:
(a) To introduce Nepal in the International arena by developing it as a fascinating tourist destination.
(b) To develop, expand and promote tourism business upon protecting and promoting natural and cultural heritage, and environment of the country.
(c) To create maximum employment opportunities by increasing national production and foreign currency earning through the development, expansion and promotion of tourism.
(d) To establish Nepal’s image in a high and dignified way in the international tourism community by developing Nepal as a safe, reliable and attractive tourist destination.
(e) To conduct or cause to be conduct functional research, as per necessary, for finding out ways and means to solve problems encountered in tourism sector so as to provide qualitative
services to the tourist.
(f) To assist in establishing and developing institutions necessary for tourism development.
6. Functions, Powers and Duties of the Board:
The functions, powers and duties of the Board shall be as follows:-
(a) To act as the representative of the Government of Nepal or of any person or institution/body with the approval of the Government of Nepal for carrying out any activities related to tourism.
(b) To formulate and implement or cause to be implemented necessary program on infrastructure development, tourist service, facility extension, human resource development and including others the activities related with environmental protection in the tourist destinations for the establishment, improvement, development, extension, promotion and protection of tourism business.
(c) To develop Nepal as an attractive tourist destination being involved in formulating programs for increasing facilities to the tourists.
(d) To coordinate activities of persons, institutions and bodies who provide services to the tourists.
(e) To prepare technical and financial foundations necessary for the development and extension of tourism business and implement program related to tourism development accordingly.
(f) To promote or cause to be promoted to the optimum level of the participation of the private sector in various activities related with tourism for the development, extension and promotion of
(g) To motivate private sector for the sightseeing of religious and culturally important places, high mountains (Himalayan) and alluring natural beauty of the country by exploiting the existing
physical infrastructures related with tourism in a systematic and effective way.
(h) To gradually develop Nepal as an adventurous and attractive tourist destination; to carry out and cause to be carried out in various parts of Nepal recreational and adventurous tourism
activities based on water, land and air without causing adverse effect on original culture, and tradition and to encourage the private sector to carry out such adventurous tourist activities.
(i) To organize international seminars and conferences, trade fairs, cultural and youth festivals and sports competitions including other constructive and production related tourism promotional
activities and also to encourage private sectors to run such activities.
(j) To encourage the participation of the local community in various activities related to the protection of historically important places, temples and Stupas.
(k) To give priority to strengthen tourism infrastructures and facilities for rural tourist destinations upon developing new tourist destinations and to motivate local community to run various rural tourism developments programs.
(1) To mobilize or cause to be mobilized the investment to develop infrastructure in the new tourist destinations.
(m) To protect and promote holy religious places, to extend facilities and services in such places of religious and cultural importance to attract more tourists and to develop religious
tourism, and to develop or cause to be developed such places as international religious centers.
(n) To develop or cause to be developed Nepal as a principal tourist center of the world by competitively promoting tourism in international tourism origin markets.
(o) To develop and promote wildlife observation tourism.
(p) To develop cross-country tourism activities based on mutual benefits by coordinating with the friendly countries.
(q) To formulate, implement or cause to be implemented publicity programs on various levels for increasing tourism awareness.
(r) To standardize services and facilities provided to the tourists by the tourism entrepreneurs and to make special arrangement for the security of the tourists.
(s) To cause to implement the code of conduct through the respective professional organizations to increase the standards of the tourist services and facilities.
(t) To extend cooperation for conducting necessary training and orientation programs in order to provide technical knowledge, orientation and technical support to individuals and institutions
involved in tourism business.
(u) To provide, from time to time, necessary suggestions and consultations for the development of tourism business to the Government of Nepal and Tourism Council constituted by The
Government of Nepal.
(v) To request The Government of Nepal to take necessary action under prevailing laws against institutions not providing qualitative services as per the quality standard to be followed
by agencies related with tourism business.
(w) To provide and cause to be provided necessary services and consultations to tourists and tourism entrepreneurs in matters related to tourism.
(x) To spend, in the respective areas, the money received from the Government of Nepal and from institutions under government’s ownership and other nongovernmental organizations for tourism
promotion, infrastructure development, tourism service and services extension.
(y) To extend co-operation for internal tourism development by providing assistance on necessary services or facilities to Nepali tourists.
(z) To purchase or acquire the share or bond of any corporate body involved in tourism business.
(aa) To invest in a business supporting tourism promotion.
(ab) To conclude agreement with foreign or international organization with the approval of the Government of Nepal for the fulfillment of the Board’s objectives.
(ac) To approve necessary budget for conducting Board’s annual programs.
(ad) To do or cause to be done other necessary activities related
with the development, extension and promotion of tourism.
7. Board may Collect Necessary Service Fee:
The Board may collect service fee as prescribed, for directly or indirectly providing consultation or service to the tourists or tourism entrepreneurs.
8. Board may Mobilize Financial Resources:
To run its programs, the Board may mobilize necessary financial resources including loan, grant, donation or gift from the Government of Nepal, government undertaking, nongovernmental organization, foreign government or international institutions or bodies.