The tourism sector had supported more than 1 million jobs directly and indirectly, and the numbers would have been increased, had not been the COVID pandemic situation, as currently, many hotels, resorts, airlines and travel and trekking companies have been forced to shut down.
Several workers in this sector work based on You earn, you eat. Most people may be able to cope with the current difficulties but for some, it has been a harsh moment.
As such, to assist in the rehabilitation of the tourism sector, Sustainable Tourism for Livelihood Recovery Project (STLRP) has been established, which is a joint collaborative project by the Nepal Tourism Board and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
NATTA has signed an MOU with NTB and STRLP on 18th August 2021 to involve around 600 tourism workers associated with travel and tours for short term employment opportunities by involving them in construction and rehabilitation of tourism infrastructure, cultural heritage sites and cleaning, upgrading of trekking routes, hiking routes, installation of waste management bins, renovation of bridges and drainage, stone stairs renovation, signage installation/maintenance, clearing landslides/mudslides, plantation etc. NATTA will channelize its offices in all seven provinces to involve the most vulnerable tourism worker for short-term employment opportunities to address their immediate need for employment and support to enhance their livelihoods as tourism workers.
NATTA had sent a circular to its members to call the workers for the project. From the collected names, NATTA shall assign them to the designated sites with the coordination of local communities and government bodies. The tourism workers will work for 4 months with regular remuneration.