Nepali Tour Operators Ready to Move Towards Sustainability

Nepali Tour Operators Ready to Move Towards Sustainability

TAAN Himalayas

Sustainability Training in Kathmandu Attracts More than 85 Travel Companies and 40 Hotels

Late last month, more than 85 Nepali travel companies and 40 hotels joined a 2-day training course in Kathmandu to learn how to integrate sustainability and CSR principles. Participants included committed Nepali travel companies interested in achieving formal recognition and better market access, recognizing the growing demand from European business partners to comply with sustainability standards.


The tourism professionals learned how to integrate sustainability in their office operations by, for instance, energy saving and reducing paper as well as by implementing staff-related social policies and human rights. They also looked with "sustainable glasses" towards their transport, accommodation and excursion providers. A more sustainable supply chain can be created by contracting already sustainable suppliers and by encouraging existing business partners to move towards more social and environmentally friendly behavior.


According to participant Bijaya Pradhan of Dream Nepal Travels & Tours, "Sustainability will only be a success if all partners within the supply chain work together. The training taught us a practical approach and it is good to know where to start and what to aim for, so we can obtain an international recognition." The participants also learned about the principles of sustainability management and created their initial sustainability mission statement, policy and action plan.


Nepal Travelife Training


Nepal Travelife Training


Implementing the Internationally Recognized Travelife Sustainability System

The training kicked off a larger program in which TravelifeTrekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), and EU travel associations will work together to promote a more sustainable international tourism supply chain. Participants will be offered follow-up support in the use and implementation of the knowledge, methods and tools acquired in the training. The ultimate goal is to prepare for sustainability certification in order to increase competitiveness in the global market.


TravelifeThe training was organized by TAAN, the Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP), Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), and was financially supported by UK AID and CBI, the Dutch agency for the Promotion of Imports from Developing countries.



For more information, please contact:


Naut Kusters

CBI Expert, Export Coaching Programme Tourism

Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI)

T +31 20 4651318

M +31 6 488 054 75

E : n.kusters[at]


Linda Bezemer

The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme

Tourism Advisor

T: +977 9808051636

E: linda[at]



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