Tourism Organization Presents Demand to Tourism Minister
Kathmandu – Thirty-two organizations belong to the tourism business have put forward a 17-point demand to open Nepal’s tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the Corona pandemic. The tourism entrepreneur said that they have put forward suggestions, including the strategy to be adopted in the coming days for the revival of the tourism sector.
Khum Bahadur Subedi, Chairman of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) says that even the established businessmen may be displaced from the tourism sector due to the continuous lockdown imposed by the government. He said that the entrepreneurs have repeatedly urged the government to open up the tourism sector as it would help in carrying out economic activities. He informed that all the business entities in the tourism sector have again submitted their demands to the Minister of Tourism, explaining the issues that need to be resolved and improved.
Entrepreneurs have demanded the reopening of tourism, opening of regular domestic and international flights, implementation of monetary policy arrangements, renewal of business companies, concessions on rent, and electricity during the epidemic. Similarly, issues related to mountaineering campaign, non-climbing mountains, infrastructure development, financial relief to tourism workers, tourist vehicles, tourist bus terminals, institutional representation in tourism board members, the establishment of welfare fund from tourism royalty every fiscal year, the opening of restaurants and bars following required health standards have been raised.
Former CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board and tourism expert Deepak Raj Joshi says that domestic flights are open to most of the countries in the world, including neighboring country India. “The long-stalled tourism sector needs to be reopened, and the economy needs to be revived along with tourism activities,” says Joshi. He alleges that the tourism sector has been left out of the priority due to lack of understanding, decision making, and coordination among government bodies.
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