Authors: Narayan Bhusal*, Tribhuvan University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Rural Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Key words: Homestay tourism, eco-tourism, culture, community, sustainability, livelihood
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The concept of homestay tourism addresses the theme of eco-tourism in Nepal and it is an attractive way to welcome foreigners in Nepal to introduce Nepal and Nepalese culture in the world. 'Atithti Devo Vhawa' (Guests are god) is the belief of typical Nepali society that the people of Nepal welcome their guests as god and treat them with warm hospitable manner according to their own tradition. This identical manner and belief has turned into the tourism business when the government of Nepal introduced the homestay tourism program by promulgating the 'Home-stay Regulation’ in 2010. The Regulation emphasized to encourage the micro-economic sector in the rural areas; preserve the ecological sustainability; generate self-employment and economic growth in the rural communities; and expose the rural culture and nature to the outside world. In present days an increasing number of homestay tourism program in different districts of Nepal offers local cultural practices and unique traditions to its guest in a simple village houses. Phalebas is a newly constituted Municipality of Parbat district in West Central Nepal that is proposed for the implementation of homestay tourism program from where tourist have many opportunities to experience the local culture, countryside lifestyle, hidden trails and valleys, flora and fauna, beautiful sceneries and panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiuchuli, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu Himalayas. Therefore, on the basis of the community based action research this paper is an attempt to analyze the prospects for homestay tourism in Phalebas Municipality of Parbat district in West Central Nepal.