Political parties neglected tourism sector, blames NATO

10th May, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, May 10 : Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) has criticized major political parties for not giving sufficient space to tourism in their manifestos for the upcoming local level polls.

[caption id="attachment_5609" align="alignnone" width="857"] Nepal Association of Tour Operators(NATO )[/caption]

In an open letter to candidates, the professional body of tour operators said it was disappointed to see candidates not giving due importance to tourism which is one of the mainstays of Nepali economy.

If given due priority, tourism can work wonders for beneficiaries in destinations like Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan, Solukhumbu, Lamjung, Manang, Lumbini and Mustang, among others.

High entry fee, hassles by beggars and street vendors and heavy traffic in cultural heritage sites, among others, are creating problems for tourists in major tourist destinations. Likewise, lack of proper parking space, clean restrooms, and foreign currency exchange counters are the other problems that are troubling tourists.

“Though some parties have put metro rail and trams in their manifestos, they lack a clear vision for executing these projects,” NATO said in the letter.