CK Khanal/Laxman Kafle
Kathmandu, Mar. 25: The government is set to showcase 10 attractive tourism infrastructure projects among the national and international investors in the upcoming Nepal Investment Summit 2019 to attract investment to implement them in public private partnership (PPP) model.
The cost of 10 projects designed by Investment Board Nepal (IBN) is around USD 655 million which include luxury and high altitude resorts, cultural hotel, mountain academy, filmy city, recreation centers and hospitals, among others.
The IBN has proposed to establish a Luxury Resort in Shey Phokshundo of Dolpa district, Karnali State in PPP model with the investment of USD 100 million.
An integrated and comprehensive 5-star resort at the highest altitude in Nepal with a capacity of 100 rooms overlooking the magnificent views of the majestic Shey Phoksundo National Park and Phoksundo Lake will be constructed under the project.
The rustic charm of the Shey Phokshundo, the peaceful and tranquil environment, serene climate and the grandiose hospitality of the luxury resort is expected to attract tourists who intend to have an extraordinary experience nestled amidst nature.
The luxury resort would have multi-cuisine fine dining restaurant, wine cellar, conference and meeting halls, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, casino and leisure centre, golf course, spa and wellness areas, parking facilities, and helipad.
The IBN is also showcasing Ski Resort Project to be developed in Manang district. The project with estimated cost of USD 100 million will have four different components which include luxury resort, ski tow system (ski club), snow making system and hiking and trekking trail.
Another project developed by the IBN to showcase in the investment summit includes Janaki Heritage Hotel and Cultural Village which will be located at Dhanushadham Municipality of Dhanusha, State 2.
Under the project, a world-class luxury heritage hotel with facilities for high-end luxury wedding venue will be developed based on the architectural design of Janaki Mandir.
The hotel would have a capacity of 140 rooms and extend over an area of about 25-33 acres.
The wedding venue will be well equipped with various services and facilities such as temporary structure for reception halls, catering services and event management services to cater about 3000 people and host up to three parallel events a day.
Apart from hotel and wedding venue, cultural village and museum and supporting infrastructure will be other components of the project. The cost of the project is estimated to be USD 20 million
Dhulikhel Dreamland Project based on theme park with nature component is another notable project in offer.
The project which to be established at Dulikhel Municipality of Kavrepalanchowk district with an estimated cost of USD 43 million will have four components which include theme/amusement park, culture/natural theme park-ethnic village/resort, allied services and spaces and regeneration, conservation and development.
The park will feature state-of-the-art entertainment services, including recreational centres, water park zone, mini golf course, children train, and other unique attractions.
Khaptad Tourism Project based on spiritual destination development based in Khaptad National Park in Sudurpaschim State is also being showcased in the summit.
The project will have component s of cable car, star hotels, sports and wellness activities, cultural museum, trekking trails and regeneration, conservation and development. The cost of the project is estimated to be USD 187 million.
Dolkha Mountain Academy is another project prepared by the IBN proposed to be established at Rolwaling/ Sailung of Dolakha district. The project will have six different components including mountain academy, hotels and residence facilities, mountain museum, cultural village, regeneration and conservation and other supportive infrastructures.
Considering an immense potential of Nepal to develop as a global hub for specialised medical tourism services, the IBN has designed Gautam Buddha International Maternity Hospital Project to showcase in the summit.
A 200-bed hospital to be established in Lumbini Sanskritik Municipality, Rupandehi will have state of the art health care facility that offers affordable, holistic and patient-centric healthcare services.
It aims at promoting medical tourism specifically through maternity and related services by capturing the essence of giving birth at the pious birth place of Gautam Buddha.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be USD 39 million.
Antenatal and neonatal care service unit, Mayadevi wellness and meditation centre, supporting medical infrastructure and services and guest house/apartment are the features of the project.
Similarly, IBN is going to present Tal-talaiya Theme Park with Hotel Project among the investors participating in the summit for financing.
Theme Park with Nature Component type project will be established in Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City, Sunsari, State-1 at a cost of around USD 41 million.
Adult and children park with sports paradise, hotel with casino, museum, zoo, ethnic village, food court and supporting infrastructure, regeneration, conservation and development will be the features of the project.
Film city in Dolakha is another project proposed to develop in Bhimeshwor Municipality, Dolakha, State-3 under public private partnership model.
Film shooting destination, entertainment and leisure destination development are main features of the project.
The film city would also host open spaces that can be leased to build sets according to the demand of the movie scripts and to capture the majestic beauty of the project site.
The project will cover 189-314 acres of land. The total cost of the project is estimated to be USD 25 million.
Similarly, the government is going to showcase Damauli Multi-purpose Project, a water based tourism project with components of urban infrastructure among the investors in the summit.
The project will be developed in Vyas Municipality, Damauli, Gandaki State with the estimated cost of USD 55 million.
Artificial lake and river management, spiritual/cultural theme and amusement park, ethnic village/resort, convention and exhibition centre, integrated agriculture and allied industries, prime residential development, allied services and spaces and regeneration, conservation and development will be the features of the project.