Tourism or conservation? A controversy in Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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This chapter reflects on whether tourism and conservation in Nepal's Chitwan National Park can exist in mutual harmony. The case study examines conflictual issues between tourism entrepreneurs and conservation activists. It looks into the case of the renewal of a 15-year contract to operate concessionaires within Chitwan National Park that became a national controversy and left more than half a dozen hotels (ecolodges) inside the park shut for 6 months. The chapter identifies four dimensions to understand this controversy and offers recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders engaged in the tourism planning process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControversies in tourism
EditorsO. Moufakkir, P.M. Burns
PublisherCentre for Agriculture and Biosciences International
ISBN (Print)9781845938130
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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