The influence of the cultural exchange program on Nepal’s tourism
Posted On: July 3, 2022
This topic, “the cultural exchange programme” seems really vague if we analyse it quite closely.
It is said that a cultural exchange program is a great way to sustain sustainable tourism. No matter where you go for such a program, you seem to be directly contributing to the sustainable tourism of that destination.
By the means of sustainable tourism, we mean tourism with mutual benefits for both visitors and the receivers with the minimum impact on socio-cultural, environmental or historical phenomena of the community or the destination.
Another very important aspect to consider is the fact that you stay with families whose experiences you are exchanging while on an exchange. People in the neighborhood welcome you into their daily lives; you stay with them, shop at their local stores, or, in the case of students, enroll as additional students at the local school.
People who take part in cultural exchanges do so in a completely natural way, learning about the local way of life alongside their host family. The foundation of sustainable tourism is knowledge and understanding creation, which reduces the impact on the past, present, future, or environment.
As was already mentioned, the highlights of the cultural exchange program include homestay lodging, cultural orientation, participation in regional events and festivals, celebrations, educational activities and some destination sightseeing.
In fact, it is a crucial pillar for maintaining positive ties between the two nations. It also supports them in maintaining their relationship.
In general, learning how to communicate and interact with people from different cultures is beneficial. It assists people in adjusting and learning about new cultures and environments.
Now, discussing such a program of cultural exchange in the context of Nepal simply draws our attention to the potential growth in tourism it could bring.
In spite of its small size, Nepal is known for its natural and cultural wonders. There are many different places to visit in this country, including religious sites like Lumbini (the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Gautam Buddha), mountains like Everest, and centuries-old cities like Kathmandu.
These locations in some ways demonstrate not only the diversity of tourism activities but also the different geographies, cultures, and lifestyles present in Nepal as a result of those various geographies.
The degree of cultural diversity that existed in Nepal is unquestionably the ideal justification for why we should concentrate on such a program of cultural exchange. Simply put, this program facilitates the exchange of goods for the benefit of tourism.
We would be providing this assistance in order to educate people about the culture they are most interested in learning about. Ultimately, this offers various communities the chance to profit from their knowledge-sharing.
As a result, it creates joint tourism-related capacity-building initiatives, such as ecotourism, cultural heritage tourism, and community-based tourism for the purpose of reducing poverty.