Cancellation of booking by foreign nationals disappoints tourism entrepreneurs

13th Sep, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 13: Autumn is a favorable season for tourism in Nepal. In this season, a significant number of foreign tourists come to Nepal for trekking and mountaineering. If there was no risk of COVID-19, hotels in Nepal would have been overflowing with foreign tourists at this time. Foreign tourists used to trek and visit other religious places.

Entrepreneurs who have increased investment in tourism infrastructure are disappointed and are waiting for a small number of tourists. Positive activity in Nepal's tourism sector was expected to increase after the second wave of Covid. As the risk of the third wave still remains, there is no chance of increase in tourists and tourism activities. Meanwhile, tourists are canceling bookings. Businessmen are further frustrated after the booking was canceled. 

Hotel Association Nepal (HAN)'s First Vice-President Binayak Shah said that the cancellation of bookings during the tourist season has further frustrated the businessmen. "The hotels are open but there are no guests. Bookings are also being canceled. This has made the hotel sector even more frustrating. Billions invested are at risk, ”he said.

Up to 50 German citizens of Alpine Group used to come to Nepal every year to celebrate the annual festival at the airport hotel. This time they are not in a position to come. The foreigners traveling to the Everest base camp have canceled their trip this year.

Achyut Guragain, President of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), said that the cancellation of bookings even during the main tourist season has further disappointed the businessmen. He stressed on the need to create an environment where vaccinated tourists can easily visit Nepal's destinations.

President  Guragain urged the government to remove the obligation of the current quarantine by arranging on arrival entry (visa) at the Tribhuvan International Airport for the vaccinated foreign nationals. He stressed on the need for the concerned bodies to take initiative to create a favorable environment for Indian tourists to visit Nepal. Citizens of more than 160 countries of the world come to Nepal for various purposes.

Khum Bahadur Subedi, President of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), said that if the government does not implement the programs announced in the budget and economic policy soon, there could be a flight of businessmen. He stressed on the need to bring common programs for the revival and promotion of tourism. 

Entrepreneurs have requested the government to implement the issues addressed in the budget of the Fiscal Year 2078/79 BS and emphasize on the implementation side by distributing the concessional loan flow, rescheduling and other measures announced through the monetary policy of the Fiscal Year 2078/79 BS in the hotel and tourism industry.