Social Tourism has been the pioneer concept in building up a quality relationship between the host and the visiting tourists. It is in fact community based tourism; it enables tourists to discover the local habitats and wildlife along with the celebration of traditional cultures and wisdom. Social Tourism provides an opportunity to combine travel with a community-based social cause, which increases community awareness of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage, and it also encourages the community to conserve these resources. Therefore, we say that travelling for social well-being is social tourism.
The prime objective of Social Tourism Development and Research Foundation (STDRF) is to make social tourism an integral part of tourism business in Nepal. This initiative holds a huge potential in this Himalayan country. There is no doubt that it should be in the forefront of Nepalese Tourism Industry. We are deeply concerned about the research and development of the social tourism concept in Nepal. The country, though riddled with deeply rooted gender, caste and geographical discriminations is still a natural wonderland for the world community. STDRF is committed to bring a social transformation through the participation of these marginalized sectors through the method of participatory tourism.
STDRF believes in a simple concept: Allow people to travel in a cost effective, affordable way. . STDRF is an autonomous, purely national level non-governmental, non-profitable organization focused on community based tourism. The initiation of enthusiastic, likeminded and dedicated socially-aware individuals from different walks of life led to the establishment of this Foundation on the 23rd of March, 2012 with the sole motivation of enhancing social welfare and improving the livelihood of the community. We are self-motivated in our concept, which states that social tourism leads to social prosperity and in turn social prosperity will attract more social tourist. Let us work together for the growth of social tourism and contribute to the social development of this beautiful Himalayan country, Nepal.