Tourism Development Society took its start from private initiative of local entrepreneurs to contribute to the well-being of people in the Far West Region through tourism development. In 2011 friends and partners had come up with a very new concept of putting organizational efforts for the tourism promotion of the whole Far West region of Nepal. As a result of which the Tourism Development Society a not for profit organization has been very active to achieve the goal of developing Far West Nepal as a globally recognized destination for responsible tourism. For the sustainability of the organization founders committed themselves that they will contribute 1% of their business transaction to the organization.
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 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.
Since 2012 T.D.S. has established cooperation with GIZ INCLUDE which is helping the initiative by providing technicalsupport.
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Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara is an owner of the first 3 star-hotelin Dhagnadhi City with more than 70 employees. Mr. Krishnahas his strong engagement in social responsible tourism. His hotel gives a chance for local people with disabilities to find a job. At the moment the hotel has 15 waiters and other support staff speaking the sign language. With the vision in mind he and the other members formed Tourism development Society (TDS), contributing 1% percent of his business turnover to the cause which goes directly to the organization's account.
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Mr. Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary local entrepreneur, who runs the Hotel Saathi P (Ltd) in Nepal as well as SNS Holiday homes in Goa India. Currently different companies own by him have been providing jobs to around 150 local youths.Mr. Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary is another member of the Tourism Development Society (TDS) who realized the importance of private sector to promote & develop the tourism industry in the region.
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Already a social worker of a renowned status after establishing &running successfully an organization which looked after the marginalized groups of the region Mr. Pramod Pathak with other team members of the tourism Development Society felt the need to promote the tourism industry by private sector to uplift the socio -economic conditions of the local people. Running automobile business he has decided to contribute into the creation of destination management organization in the Far West.