Assessment of the benefits and costs of tourism in Ghandruk, Gandaki, Nepal

Authors

  • Rekha Baral Department of Economics, Nepal Sanskrit University, Janata Campus, Bijauri, Dang, Nepal
  • Deepak Prasad Rijal Department of Economics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Binod Kumar Saini School of Humanities and Education, Singhania University, Pacheri Bari, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/haimaprabha.v1i22.56544

Keywords:

Economy, rural tourism, sustainable tourism, tourism impact

Abstract

Tourism generates both positive and negative impacts to the destinations. Therefore, for maintaining the long term sustainability of tourism industry, tourism impacts should be comprehensively evaluated. However, such assessments are scanty in the Nepalese context. In this study, we assessed the economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits of tourism in Ghandruk, one of the most widely visited iconic tourism destinations both for the domestic and international visitors.  Data on various social, economic and environmental benefits/costs were collected via questionnaire survey, group discussion and in person interview and analysed by a Leopold matrix. The results revealed that tourism generates noteworthy economic and social benefits to the destination community, while the negative impacts in all three aspects are minimal. This finding may have broader implications beyond the case study, and suggests that tourism if extended as the primary industry in other similar mountainous villages can play a pivotal role to enhance the socio-economic status of the country.

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Rekha Baral, Department of Economics, Nepal Sanskrit University, Janata Campus, Bijauri, Dang, Nepal

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Published

2023-07-14

How to Cite

Baral, R., Rijal, D. P., & Saini, B. K. (2023). Assessment of the benefits and costs of tourism in Ghandruk, Gandaki, Nepal. Haimaprabha, 1(22), 120–129. https://doi.org/10.3126/haimaprabha.v1i22.56544

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