Tourism Development Society

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
Established in August 2012, Tourism Development Society is a young Destination Management Organization, which promotes sustainable and responsible tourism development in the Far-West region to achieve the well-being of local communities and conservation of the fragile environment. Development of the Far West as a touristic area also means for T.D.S. as way to increase the income and employment opportunities for the local people, which will leads in future to socially-balanced economic growth.

OUR VISION is to develop Far West Nepal as a globally recognized destination for responsible tourism.
OUR MISSION is to develop sustainable tourism in Far West Nepal for economic development while reserving environment and culture. This will be achieved through awareness, quality improvement, marketing and networking.

Awareness
We believe that the education of local communities, sharing information and cooperation among stakeholders will generate a cohesive programme of awareness and better estimate the tourism industry as a whole. Designed to raise awareness and understanding on the importance of tourism to the local economy among members of the public, media, stakeholders and opinion leaders, the programme includes seminars, and different media campaigns.

Quality Improvement
In order to improve the quality of the services provided in the region, TDS members attend professional training courses. These programs focus on various issues such as running a home stay, environmental care, marketing and business management. To ensure the quality, T.D.S. is working on internal standardization of these services as well as tourist products.

Marketing
The main goal of T.D.S. is to develop a brand of sustainable tourism in the region, which is adapted to local society, culture and the fragile environment. TDS concentrates its activity on marketing of tourism products from the region by providing the accurate information about the main attractions as well as itineraries and possible packages. Tourism businesses from the region have the opportunity to be marketed and promoted as part of our local, regional, national and international marketing campaigns.
We currently operate a Tourist Information Center in Dhangadhi.

Networking
Based in Dhangadhi, T.D.S.’ works in the 9 districts in the Far West Region as well as in three Districts of Mid-West Region. Through attractive membership policy and active engagement in the region, today 9 Tourism Action Groups of T.D.S. includes together 213 people working in tourism sector. T.D.S. tries to bring together the local tourism industry group representatives, district, VDC or town authorities, the chamber of commerce and industry and any active resident groups to devise a local tourism action plan for the area.

TDS FACTSHEET

Current Members