Tourism organizations expresses their concern over government's negligence over tourism industry
18th May, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, May 18: Officials of various organizations related to the tourism business are collectively submitting memorandums to the Government of Nepal, appealing through various media outlets, hoping for a comprehensive concrete policy and program to rehabilitate the tourism business which is badly affected by the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Although the Government of Nepal presented in the plan and programs for Fiscal Year 2077/78, there is no concrete policy and program to revive the tourism business in line with the sentiments of the tourism entrepreneurs. The tourism organizations have shown their serious attention to the state for neglecting tourism industry, which is considered the backbone of the country's economy.
In order to make the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign successful, tourism entrepreneurs had invested more in this sector. The main responsibility of the government should have been to protect the investment of tourism entrepreneurs and to revive the business. They mentioned in their press release that they are shocked, dismayed and disappointed that new policies does not consists concrete plans to rehabilitate the tourism sector.
The also mentioned in their press release that following all the policy rules of the Government of Nepal, they are also paying millions of rupees in taxes to the state. It is also the major responsibility of the state to protect the tourism entrepreneurs from the devastation caused by the Corona pandemic. Therefore, keeping in view the danger of drowning the investment of trillions and ruining the overall tourism industry of Nepal, they have strongly urged the government to bring short-term and long-term special relief programs by addressing the demands of tourism entrepreneurs through the budget statement of FY 2077/78 to be presented by the Government of Nepal. They belief that the government will their voice seriously to save Nepal's tourism sector.
The press release was issued by Chairman of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN),Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Tourist Vehicle Association (NTVA), Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO), Society of Travel and Tour Operators Nepal (SOTTO Nepal), PATA Chapter Nepal (PATA),Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Tourist Bus Association of Nepal (TBAN),Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA), Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) and Expedition Operators Association (EOA).