A delegation of 14 tourism-related groups, including the Hotel Association of Nepal, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Trekking Agencies Association, and Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA), presented the Prime Minister with a memorandum outlining their demands.
They’ve also asked the government to include programmes in the economic white paper for the resumption and improvement of infection-affected tourism.
The government should establish a framework for implementing and monitoring the tourist provisions included in the current fiscal year’s budget, 2021/22.
When PM Deuba received the memo, he assured them that he was sympathetic to their concerns and promised to develop a strategy after talking with the business sector once the government was fully operational, according to NATTA President Achyut Guragain.
Other demands include a five-year full remission of demand charges and a 50 percent reduction in electricity costs for hoteliers. The government should be required to deposit funds into the social security fund for workers and employees in the tourism industry for at least two years.