Airport Hotel starts its preparation for operation of hotel from July 30

27th Jul, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 27: The hotels, which were closed due to the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent and control the corona virus, are set to reopen after four months. Although the number of tourists will be less due to Covid, the hotels are being operated by taking precautions.

Meanwhile,  Airport Hotel which is situated near Tribhuvan International Airport has also started preparations with the aim of starting service from July 30. "After the government decided to open the hotel on July 30, we have started providing training to the employees on safety standards along with sanitation," said Binayak Shah, Managing Director  of Airport Hotel. The hotel has also provided packages for tourists in coordination with partner hotels operating in different parts of the country. He said that he is happy to operate the hotel with the belief that domestic tourism will be introduced gradually as soon as air travel resumes.

Earlier, the Nepal Tourism Board has issued a protocol on health security for hotels. Shah said that the hotel will be operated on the basis of the same protocol. "The situation after Covid is a survival period for hotels, so we are starting to operate hotels with low occupancy, initially with limited staff," said Shah. According to Shah, at least 40 percent occupancy is required for a hotel to operate properly. He is confident that it will increase gradually even if it is low in the beginning. He said that even though a fund of Rs. 50 billion has been set up for the affected areas due to Covid, the government should formulate procedures for it and make it available to the Nepal Rastra Bank as soon as possible.