4-20-2010 -By Melanie Nathan
The country, which as recently as 2007 classified homosexuality as a crime, is even promoting gay weddings on Mount Everest in a bid to become the continentâ€™s premier gay tourism destination.
The government hopes its plans will help attract one million tourists next year, more than double the number that travelled to Nepal in 2009.
Sharat Singh Bhandari, Nepalâ€™s tourism minister, also hopes to hold elephant safaris for homosexual honeymooners. â€œWeâ€™re completely changing this country,â€ he told The Times â€œItâ€™s a newborn republic â€“ and we want to showcase this change. We also want to re-establish tourism as a major industry.â€