Tourism Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal assures to play positive role to solve the problems of tourism entrepreneurs

12th Jan, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Tourism entrepreneurs have demanded the government to prepare standards to facilitate the tourism sector. The entreprenuers have urged the government to make arrangements for the revival of the tourism sector, which has been closed for about a year due to COVID-19, by formulating criteria related to COVID.

They have also demanded to work for the promotion of domestic tourism as foreign tourists are not able to come immediately. The request was made by the tourism businessmen who arrived at the Ministry at Singha Durbar on Sunday to meet Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhanubhakta Dhakal.

Senior Vice President of the Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), Binayak Shah, demanded that emphasis should be laid on the promotion of domestic tourism as international tourists could not come immediately. He said that there was a problem in the promotion of domestic tourism as the local levels also demanded PCR report from the domestic tourists. He also demanded that separate standards be set for domestic tourism.

Khum Subedi, President of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), said that separate criteria should be formulated on visit of foreign tourists who have been vaccinated with vaccination against corona . He also suggested to make arrangements to keep adequate records of such tourists. He said that the tourists could not come as they feared that they would have to return from Nepal with covid. Lakpa Futi Sherpa, President of the Climbers' Association, demanded relief for the jobless as the tourism sector was closed for a long time.

Achyut Guragain, President of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), said that there was a problem in the tourism offices in the state due to lack of staff. Renovation works have been affected due to lack of staff. Similarly, the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs have not been able to coordinate the foreign tourists who want to come to Nepal. He also said that there is no need to quarantine the tourists coming to Nepal following the health standards.

Araniko Rajbhandari, President of the Restaurant and Bar Association (REBAN), said it was difficult for restaurant operators to pay their wages. He said that he could not even get the relief given by Nepal Rastra Bank as restaurants and bars do not fall within the tourism sector. He complained that the banks did not go through the process even when they applied for refinancing.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhanubhakta Dhakal said that he would work in a positive role to solve the problems of tourism entrepreneurs. Minister Dhakal also said that he was ready to solve the problem in the tourism business due to lack of attention from the ministry. He also said that he would focus on domestic tourism and promote religious tourists from India and China.