Tourism Development Society started with a private initiative of local entrepreneurs, who wanted to contribute to the well-being of people in the Far West region through tourism development. In 2011, friends and partners developed a very new concept to undertake organizational efforts to promote tourism throughout the Far West region of Nepal. As a result, Tourism Development Society is a non-profit organization that is very active in achieving the goal of making Far West Nepal a recognized destination for responsible tourism. For the sustainability of the organization, founders committed to contributing 1% of their proceeds to the organization.
Based in Dhangadhi, T.D.S. works in nine districts in the Far West Region as well as in three districts of the Mid-West Region. Today, 9 Tourism Action Groups of T.D.S. comprise 213 professionals in the tourism sector, due to an attractive membership policy and active engagement in the region. To devise a local tourism action plan for the area, T.D.S. tries to bring together the local tourism industry group representatives, districts, VDC or town authorities, the Chamber of Commerce, industries and other active resident groups. Since 2012, T.D.S. has established a cooperation with GIZ INCLUDE, which is helping the initiative by providing technical support.
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Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara is an owner of the first 3 star-hotel in Dhagnadhi City with more than 70 employees. Mr. Krishnaha has a strong engagement in social responsible tourism. His hotel gives local people with disabilities a chance to find a job. At the moment the hotel has 15 waiters and other support staff speaking in 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 is a local entrepreneur, who runs the Hotel Saathi P (Ltd) in Nepal as well as SNS Holiday homes in Goa, India. Currently, different companies owned 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 the private sector in promoting and developing the tourism industry in the region.
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He is already a social worker of a renowned status, having established and successfully run an organization, which looked after 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 through the private sector to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the local people. Running an automobile business, he has decided to contribute into the creation of a destination management organization in the Far West.