Fifth Asian Rural Tourism Festival

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Tourism presents important economic development opportunities in the Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL). Accordingly, there has been an increasing emphasis on tourism as a vehicle for rural development. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) have been supporting the development of tourism entrepreneurship through capacity building, research and policy review, and interventions in the KL. In collaboration with the Government of Nepal and other stakeholders, ICIMOD has been proactively supporting platforms for cross learning and facilitation of regional tourism in the KL through the Asian Rural Tourism Festival since 2018. The festival is expected to promote rural tourism in the KL, covering the regional dimension through the promotion of culture, tradition, and dialogue.