The government has rolled out its first draft of a national eco-tourism policy, mapping out development guidelines for mushrooming, unregulated eco-tourism outfits.
A Norwegian sponsored study begun early this year developed the blueprint for eco-tourism development, identifying also, five pilot projects in the Southern region.rn
rnPublic debate has already begun, with the Tourism Ministry calling for views and suggestions from the general public and other stakeholders.rn
rnldblquote We are inviting feedback from the public and other interested parties and in about two weeks we can evaluate these and then make any changes before sending it to cabinet for approval
dblquote , Ministry officials say.rn
rnPrivate investors will eventually be called for to develop the identified pilot projects.rn
rnBest practice guidelines are to also be drafted to regulate future projects and upgrade existing facilities.rn
rnA National Eco-tourism Fund has been mooted, tied up to the proposed industry cess fund,