Cultural Tourism is, de facto, the biggest single sector and most important component of Nepal’s tourism industry.
It’s importance relates to not only the many specific direct and indirect components it comprises of — tour and travel operator businesses that cater to it; businesses that benefit from it from the sale of Nepali culture related crafts and arts goods in Thamel [Kathmandu] and to a lesser extent at all tourist destination locations that welcome and are orientated to receiving and welcoming overseas [Western, Asian/Chinese-East Asian, and other] overseas visitors that come to Nepal to learn about its great, ancient, and thriving culture(s) — but also through the fact that, in comparison to mountaineering/adventure/trekking orientated tourism, it involves the maximum number of Nepali people through the scale and depth of its economic and culture-sharing characteristics.
There needs however to be a much greater emphasis in English language promotion of Nepal’s cultural tourism sector, of the link to its source — this is ultimately the countless numbers of very talented artisans and members of the nation’s artistic community (from actors and fashion design to classical musicians, writers and visual artists) that enable the sector to exist and thrive.
There also needs to though such promotion to be a profiling of both the ethical and spiritual as well as the inclusive, progressive and in many cases equality and social activist values and perspectives that are common threads across Nepsal’s creative community — in this way linking to creative and artistic communities in the broader world. In this the NIAP through its dedicated equality & empowerment is unique in providing the required details and infoirmation to the English-speaking world via the internet.