Strong national policy and united vision for tourism needed

Kedar Neupane, a young and dynamic personality, represents the new generation of entrepreneurs in Nepal’s trekking sector and is a familiar face in Nepali tourism industry. As someone who is with the Nepali tourism industry for the past eight years, he is the managing director of Actual Adventure Pvt Ltd – a Thamel-based adventure outfitter.

Born in Lisankhu VDC of Sindhupalchowk on October 4, 1989, Neupane is the second among four children of Khada Nanda Neupane and Ishwori Devi Neupane. Remembering his childhood days, Acharya said his maternal grandmother took care of him as his parents used to be busy in fields.  “I spent my entire childhood in my birthplace.”

Neupane started early schooling from Shree Thokarpa Primary School in his village where he studied till Grade 5. Later he moved to Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary School from where he completed his School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination. After that, he came to Kathmandu for further studies and join Pashupati Multiple. He completed Intermediate and Bachelors in Business Studies. Currently, he is doing his Masters in Business Studies at Nepal Commerce Campus.

Recalling his childhood days, Neupane said his friend used to call him ‘Khaire’ because he had brown hair. “Then I didn’t know what that meant.  When I was around nine years old, I saw a foreigner with brown hair. After that I began to think that ‘khaire’ must be tourists. As I was very curious about tourists, I made up mind that I would be a tourist guide one day,” he added.

To materialize his dream, he used to visit Pashupatinath Temple Area and interact with tourists there to learn English. While doing Intermediate in Commerce, he started looking for jobs to sustain himself in Kathmandu. It was at that time that he got introduced to Puru Timilsina of Above the Himalaya Trekking who helped him enter the tourism sector. “In March of 2007, I joined the company as an office assistant. From there my journey in the tourism sector started,” added Neupane.

He worked there for around 18 months. Then he joined Nepal Travel News and worked there for around six months. Neupane was now prepared to establish his own company. In March 2010, he established Actual Adventure Pvt Ltd.

Though relatively a new company, Actual Adventure has already established its name in Nepali tourism fraternity. Neupane has received good responses from the clients that his company have handled. Along with the company, Neupane has also established himself as a promising entrepreneur. He has already visited countries like Germany, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, India, China, Hong Kong and UAE for business promotion.

Apart from trekking business, Neupane is also interested in social activities. He is affiliated with various organizations working for social welfare. He is a founder of Himalayan Social Foundation (HSF) which is working health and education sectors in remote villages of Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Kavre districts. The foundation has also been supporting a school in Simigaun, Dolakha among other places. He is also a charter president of Lions club of Nepal Himalaya and is also affiliated with Sindhu Sunkoshi Tourism Society and Shree Bagh Bhairav Higher Secondary School Ex-Student Society.

Talking about present tourism scenario, Neupane said the ongoing Tarai unrest and blockade has badly affected Nepali tourism which was gradually recovering after the April earthquake. “Despite all the hardship, we have been providing service to tourists no matter how much loss we face. Once the current crises end, I am hopeful that everything will be back on track,” he said, adding: “However, if the crisis prolongs further tourism in coming autumn will also be affected.”

Talking about philosophy of his life, he said nothing is impossible if the effort is genuine. “We have to dream big and work hard to fulfill that dream,” he added.

Commenting on policies regarding Nepali tourism industry, Neupane said there is a need of strong national policy and united vision for tourism. “It is high time the government worked on development of infrastructure, and preservation of heritage site and our culture and tradition,” he added. He also requested all stakeholders of Nepali tourism industry to work actively for formulating proper policies to create favorable business environment in tourism sector.

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