NTB is a national organization which is a statutory body instituted by the Act of Parliament to promote the image of Nepal in the world under the Nepal Tourism Board Act, 2053 (1997). The Board is playing a vital role in enhancing tourism industry in the country along with the overall development of the country. NTB is functioning as a model agency with the partnership approach of public and private sectors for the development, expansion, growth and promotion of tourism industry in Nepal.
Nepal is well-known for being the best destination for trekking for adventurous lovers. There is high potentiality for tourism development as Nepal is rich in biodiversity abound with unique natural beauty under the shadow of Himalayas. Not only in natural aspect but this beautiful land is rich in traditions, ancient preserved cultural heritages, varieties of languages and religions with people belonging to multi-ethnicity leading the country to be one of the best tourist destination. That is why NTB is playing a crucial role in preserving and promoting such potentialities for the betterment of the country.
NTB is promoting for the quantitative as well as the qualitative growth of various infrastructures on tourism service like air transport service, trekking routes, communication tools, rescue team management, insurance policies and so on. It believes that its independence is vital to its role and making it performs its obligation in an effective and efficient way. NTB is also delivering an important role in generating employment opportunities at the local level and also helping for conservation and promotion of Nepalese arts, culture and traditions affecting the Nepalese lifestyle directly and indirectly. In short, the major role of Nepal tourism board is to perform all sorts of tourism promotional activities for the betterment and development of the country making Nepal as one of the finest destination for tourist to travel. It performs the activities of regulating policies and rules, managing permits for tourism, developing tourism service facilities, conserving various tourist sites, collecting revenues from service/permit fees and enhancing the development of physical infrastructures along with creating employment opportunities. The board performs its role and keeps the entire necessary directory regarding tourism in Nepal being accountable to their various stakeholders.
Nepal Tourism Board is a financially independent legal body being controlled by the members of the joint committee. There are 11 board members having 5 representatives from government, 5 representatives from concerned private sectors and one chief executive officer which are chaired by a Secretary at Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. At present, Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi is appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NTB for 4 years of the period. The representatives are directly appointed by the government and hence a number of suspicions arise among the stakeholders as they believe that someone having no experiences with tourism sector is unable to upgrade the tourism industry in the country. The board members are fully liable to all those stakeholders directly or indirectly connected to NTB. Such stakeholders include plan & policies maker, tourism professionals, tour operators and agencies, academicians, students, Non-Residents Nepalese (NRN), local bodies and the entire well-wishers of Nepal.
To sum up, Nepal Tourism Board, a legislative body instituted with the joint involvement of public and private sector is working for the development and promotion of Nepalese tourism industry for the mutual benefit of tourists, industry, host communities and local bodies for the overall development of the country.