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Sunayana Basnet

Tourism Research Associate, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

I work as a Research Associate conducting research on domestic and regional tourism at the destination management level in the HKH. My work entails identifying and harnessing opportunities in close collaboration with multiple stakeholders for developing and promoting transboundary tourism products (destinations, facilities, services, and activities) while ensuring that local people and communities benefit maximally from the tourism-related activities we promote.

Sunayana Basnet

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet through my work, which promotes tourism and sustainable tourism development in the HKH as a mechanism for building resilience and strengthening the livelihoods of mountain people.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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I enjoy the diversity of our work environment and the opportunities to interact and learn from colleagues and partners from different countries, cultures and with different sets of expertise.

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What are you passionate about?

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My passion involves travelling to different destinations and interacting with local people in order to understand their cultures and traditions. I also enjoy writing blogs and articles about my experiences from field visit and travel.

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My qualifications

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I hold a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from Kathmandu University. Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s degree from Tribhuwan University in rural development and worked previously within ICIMOD as an intern under the Himalica Initiative.

Articles by Sunayana Basnet

14 Mar 2017 | KSL
Mountain women as agents of change

“At first I was afraid about having to come here by myself. But now I am happy with my decision. ...