Mustang,24 Feb 2015: Mustang district receives Rs 28 million as tourism royalty annually.
The district received Rs 28 million from the Ministry of Tourism in the last fiscal year 2014/015, said Kedar Singh Thapa, Programme Officer at the District Development Committee. The office is likely to receive additional budget as royalty from the Ministry in the current fiscal year 2015/016, he added. The government provides the tourism royalty on the basis of the tourists’ arrival.
Thapa said, “As many as 41,000 tourists, the highest number so far, visited the district in 2014 and that the royalty amount is expected to be increased this year.”
The district runs various projects for the tourism infrastructure development activities from the amount received as tourism royalty this year. The DDC in coordination with Annnapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) would run the projects to construct trekking routes in the villages, community buildings, maintain trekking routes, conserve historical ponds and lakes, and discover possible trekking routes and promote tourism in the district.
Muktinath, Kagbeni, Lomanthang, Upper Mustang along the round Annapurna trekking routes are main attraction for tourism in the district. The number of domestic tourists as well as foreigners visiting Mustang is increased of late, according to ACAP Office at Mustang.