Solidarity rally for the Survival of Tourism in Nepal

Published on: 04th Dec, 2015

Different travel trade associations took out a rally in Kathmandu on Friday (4th DEC) to draw the attention of concerned government agencies toward problems being faced by tourism industry.

Around 500 tourism entrepreneurs, workers and other stakeholders participated in the ''Solidarity Walk for Survival of Tourism' organized by Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA). The rally started from Tridevi Marga in Thamel and passed through Durbar Marg, Bhadrakali, Shahidgate and New Road before culminating into a corner meet at Basantapur.

Addressing the meet, DB Limbu, president of NATTA, requested the government to take all possible measures to save tourism industry.

Similarly, Vinayak Shah, general secretary of HAN, said this situation of uncertainty should end at the earliest“ "The government should let us know about the actual situation and clearly state whether or not it can fulfill our demand for petroleum product”," he told Republica.

Shah said that tourism entrepreneurs were working hard for tourism recovery despite suffering loss due to rise in prices of different products and services.

Similarly, Chandra Prasad Rijal, president of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), said that the government should categorize tourism services and provide fuel accordingly“ "Star hotels, trekking agencies and tour operators handling big groups need fuel in large quantity. We request the government to take data from their respective associations and provide fuel accordingl”," Rijal added.

He also said tourism entrepreneurs should not increase price of their products and services as it might make negative impact on tourist arrivals“ "However, we even cannot operate in loss for long as our operating cost has increased by almost 40 percen”," he added.