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Sarup: Tourism Must Be Addressed To Reduce Poverty

Tourism Must Be Addressed To Reduce Poverty


By Kamala Sarup

I know how much tourism gets under normal conditions. Whenever there's conflict people won't come even if most areas safe as they don't know where it's safe and where not.

Lebanon had a big tourist business and under normal conditions, Beirut is considered the Paris of the Middle East. Now, of course, there's reverse "tourism." those able to get out are doing it and tourism is dead in Lebanon for many months to come.

With all the conflict in the world now mostly subsided, I know that hurt our tourism. We all will be affected in me conflict and many people are appalled and if people had any interest in visiting the country, they would now boycott it.

I strongly believe a campaign of disinvestment must be begun against war and violence and more. Hitting violence in pocket book is very effective strategy.

So how do we see the prospects of tourism sector in the world? We can not develop tourism if level of violence hurt our earning business.

Thus, we need to develop a tourism business with especial rural tourism packet. It's the tourism business providing essential socio economic service for the people like employment. Rural tourism program should be designed for the poor people.

According to I.Pradhan In order to encourage and promote planned investment on tourism, programs and services should be managed in such a way as to interpret the resources to the maximum possible number of people. This will allow the people to gain greater insight into the workings of natural forces and the value of respecting natural functions of the concerned area, when its land development takes place.

Economic Eradication Essential

In fact, tourism development policy can satisfy both the rich and poor. There are lots of different tourism investments from which they can choose.

In an article published in Project Syndicate, February 2002, Jeffrey D. Sachs, states that the extreme poverty of the bottom billion people is shocking, morally intolerable, and dangerous - a breeding ground of disease, terrorism, and violence. Yet with the richest countries richer than ever before, and with much of the developing world already escaped from the horrors of extreme poverty, the balance has shifted in favor of ending global poverty.

It is true, rich countries could enable the poorest of the poor to escape from misery by providing just a tiny fraction of their yearly national income - or, indeed, of their military spending - to overcome the crises of hunger, education, and disease. That aid, combined with the market-based economic growth, could end extreme poverty.

According to his opinion published in 2004 in Project Syndicate he further added "What we learned is easily summarized. For every major problem - hunger, illiteracy, malnutrition, malaria, AIDS, drought, and so forth - there are practical solutions that are proven and affordable. These investments, in turn, would strengthen the private sector and economic growth. Yet they require global partnership between the rich and poor countries of the world. Most importantly, the world's richest countries need to do much more to help the poorest countries make use of modern science and technology to solve these great problems.

"Once basic health, agricultural, and connectivity conditions are met, poor will be able to both use aid and investment more effectively and generate higher incomes off native resources. A situation where hundreds of millions of people, utterly impoverished, who have no income, don't grow enough food to take to the market, who aren't credit worthy, whose countries are bankrupt, their populations are growing, they're mining the soil of nutrients, and the World Bank and IMF for twenty years are saying, 'Balance your budgets, squeeze yourself, tighten your belts,' as if they had belts, 'and markets will solve this problem.' Jeffrey D. Sachs,said in yaleeconomicreview, 2006.

Americans Like to Visit Nepal

One of my American friend Stephen told me on the phone "You'll give me plenty of advance notice before I come out Nepal. I want to use my vacation and then some for a 2 month vacation to Pokhara. I would like to be traveling for a long time - maybe in 2007. But now I want to visit there by all my families.

We are planning to get our family off our work and we all will come down to see Nepal, Pokhara out the beaches? I heard, they will be great through September.Sept or Oct". He was really exited to visit Nepal.

"Yes, we want to visit Nepal, but be advised that you will probably spend a lot of time. My son's graduation party is Saturday,. I expect to celebrate in Nepal. My friend Kevin sent me an email said "I'd like to come down leaving after 2 months.

Since the hotels will be packed, can you try to make a reservation at the hotel of your choice? If you would rather "do" something like bowling or golf in lieu of eating, that can be arranged. Also, we can do something like take a ride to Pokhara, Mustang, Baglung. Let me know, so I can start planning.

I think I have a travel schedule here if that sounds like fun to you. We can do either brunch or dinner, since I'm not in a rush to get back home".

I think, to develop tourism business we need a responsible and a strong governments.

An active tourism programs is always needed for leading the social movement because strong economy is the foundation of development and creation of a equitable peace.

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A Nepali Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarupis specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace,Anti War, Women, Terrorism, Anti Fascism, Democracy, and Development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment (Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women through media,(Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (Media research). Two Stories collections. Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in Nepal in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development.


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