Bhaktapur hotels to offer free toilet access to tourists

17th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 17: Hotels in Bhaktapur will be providing foreign tourists with free access to their toilets. The Hotel Association of Bhaktapur (HAB) has organized a meeting on Friday and distributed "free toilet access" stickers to its member hotels.

There are only a few tourist toilets in the heritage city of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur Municipality has installed toilets in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area, the Byasi Tourist Buspark, and a few tourist service centers. However, most tourists visiting the tourist areas of Bhaktapur have been complaining about the lack of toilets in the area.

Tourism entrepreneurs have been bringing the municipality's attention to the fact in recent time. The municipality charges a hefty fee to foreign tourists to enter its inner city area. Tourism entrepreneurs say that it must provide the necessary facilities and services as per the fees charged. However, after their requests have gone unheard, hotel owners have taken it upon themselves to provide free toilet access to tourists.

The program also had the presence of the First Vice President of the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Srijana Rana, who distributed the certificate of official regional membership to HAB president Satya Ram Suwal. Rana also said that the tourist bus service that is offered by Bhaktapur Municipality must be of international standard. She suggested HAB to start activities to attract as many tourists as possible to Bhaktapur and to focus on increasing the capacity of hotels in the city.

President of the Bhaktapur Chamber of Commerce, Ram Prasad Prajapati, and President of the Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee, Ram Sundar Bhele, expressed the belief that hotel entrepreneurs of Bhaktapur would be active in working to increase the length of stay of tourists.

According to statistics from the Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee, around 90% of tourists visiting Bhaktapur do not stay, rather allocating a few hours of their day to visit Bhaktapur. HAB President Suwal said that the organization would start working to increase the number of tourists in Bhaktapur. He stated that HAB is creating a work plan focusing on the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign.