Nepalese tourism hasn’t set the pace say tourism entrepreneurs


22nd Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


POKHARA, Jan 22:  Pokhara hasn’t been able to maintain the tourism flow even after 2 and a half years since the earthquake. Tourism and hotel entrepreneurs have complained in the interaction program in Pokhara that it hasn’t been able to maintain a proper pace in the tourism sector.

According to official statistics, Nepalese tourism businesses haven’t improved even when 10 lakh tourists have visited Nepal this year. Despite the increasing number of tourists, the hotels haven’t been able to provide attractive care packages on the face of obstacles faced by the tourism industry, informed the entrepreneurs at the Interaction Program organized by Paschimanchal Hotel Association, Pokhara on Friday. Traders have suggested that facilitating the access to the airways and land route from Pokhara should be focused on, including the facilities to expand their stay in Nepal.

Officials have informed that despite the steady increase in tourists from Europe and America,the number of Chinese tourists has still not seen any growth. The statistics are showing an increased number of tourists but it hasn’t been profitable to the tourism industries so far.

During February, March, October and November before the earthquake, the Chinese tourists arrived steadily in Nepal . However, the arrival of Chinese tourists has slumped after the destruction of China-Nepal border due to the earthquake. Indian tourists arriving at other times have also decreased.

The tourism industry has not been able to return to its commercial stage after the earthquake, said Bikal Tulchan of the Western Hotel Association, adding that Hotel Booking Rates and Air Fare should be more reasonable.

Former president of the organization, Bharat Raj Parajuli said that the organization is serious about the conservation of Phewa lake, noise pollution control and maintenance of integration and cooperation between tourism practitioners. He said that the deformation and indiscipline of local tourism practices should be eradicated and any problem of tourism entrepreneurs should be informed to the organization.