Tourist organizations submit report requesting to be given responsibility of tourist rescue

31st Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: The private sector has submitted a report to the government  requesting that the responsibility of conducting tourist rescues be handed over to them. The Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) President C.N. Pandey said that the report suggested for the government to hand over the responsibility of search and rescue of tourists to the private sector, with the government setting the fees for rescue operations.

The government is developing a new work process to bring businesses engaging in fake rescue operations under the legal jurisdiction, for which it requested the various tourism organizations to submit suggestions. Tourism organizations agreed to conduct rescue operations upon the rates set by the government. Meanwhile, the government is preparing to hand over the responsibility of rescues to the Nepal Police after travel and tour businesses, hospitals, and rescue operations were found to be working together to charge high rates for rescues, and in some cases even induce sickness in tourists to conduct rescues.

Director of the Tourism Department, Dandu Raj Ghimire, said that the draft for the new work process would be finalized by Thursday. The new work process includes points such as compulsory government permission for mountain climbing and trekking, establishing a new unit in the police for tourist rescues, among other provisions.