Entrepreneurs to resume hotel service as per the decision of government


29th Jul, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, July 29: The hotel, which has been closed for four months due to the lockdown, is being cleaned. Operators are excited to bring the hotel into operation after four months, despite the risk of corona infection.

Sanitation work is underway to bring star hotels in Kathmandu into operation. Kathmandu's five-star hotels Annapurna, Yak & Yeti and Hyatt Hotel will not be operational immediately. Managers have said that the hotels will be brought into operation after the opening of international flights. Some hotels in Kathmandu like Aloft, Soaltee and Kathmandu Marriott were still in operation during the lockdown.

Except for most of the hotels with foreign chains, others are preparing to open hotels. It is said that some hotels are now planning to come into operation after August, keeping in mind the regular flight dates and flight conditions.

Hotel Association of Nepal General Secretary Sajan Shakya said that they are working together with the government and have planned to open the hotels as per the decision of the government. However, there is no compulsion for operation of hotels, if the hotels operators are not willing to operate for now, its their own choice.

Similarly, Bhabishwar Sharma, Vice President at Thamel Tourism Development Council (TTDC)  said," Though the government has directed to open the hotels from July 30, the hotels of the Thamel region have no plans to resume their service.  Due to the lack of tourists, they are unsure about the resumption of hotels, and they have planned to operate only after observing the situation of the Thamel region after the international flight gets resumed."

Likewise, Former president of the Regional Hotel Association Chitwan, Suman Ghimire, said that around 50% of the hotels will resume their service from July 30, and the remaining hotels will come into operation by October. " Resumption of the hotels is necessary for the revival of tourism sector. We are planning to resume our services by following the safety guidelines," he added. 

Also, Vikal Tulachan, President of the Regional Hotel Association, informed that 8 to 10 percent of hotels are preparing to open the hotels in the tourist city of Pokhara on Thursday by preparing the safety protocols.