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Hoteliers Seek Tourism Friendly Govt Policy

Kathmandu, September 7

A delegation of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) called on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" at the latter's office on Sunday and apprised him of the situation of the Nepalese tourism industry.

According to HAN, the team submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and drew his attention towards formulating both short and long-term national plans and policies for the growth of the tourism industry keeping in view its significant contribution to the national economy. The team was by the newly elected President of HAN Prasidha Bahadur Pandey.a

The delegation demanded that the tourism industry be recognised as a national industry. Other demands forwarded by the HAN delegation included bringing Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) under the Company Act and promoting partnership of the private sector in the advancement of the national flag carrier, immediately leasing at least two/three aircraft for NAC, expansion of capacity of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), participation of the private sector entrepreneurs in the development of Pokhara and Bhairahawa airports into regional airports on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis, taking initiatives for upgrading air and bus services and making them more reliable and introduction of railway services in the potential areas.

Recalling the success of the Visit Nepal Year 1998 in attracting around 500,000 tourists to Nepal and creating massive awareness and enthusiasm about tourism among the general public, the team asked Premier Prachanda to declare the year 2010 as the Visit Nepal Year with a target of bringing in one million tourists. The team expressed its belief that the tourism sector will alone generate employment opportunities for nine million people by attracting such a high number of tourists.

The HAN's delegation also urged the Prime Minister to start the campaign of economic revolution through tourism promotion. It also stressed the need for the government to integrate the tourism promotional programmes being organised by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the private sector entrepreneurs in various parts of the world to make them more cost-effective. It called on the Prime Minister to create more tourism-friendly environment and encourage both the Nepalese and foreign investors to invest in the tourism sector.

The team emphasized the necessity for making timely revisions in the existing labour laws considering susceptibility of the tourism industry. It also demanded that all sorts of strike and disturbance in the tourism sector be banned so as to ensure security of investment.

The delegation urged him to form a high-level task force to study the provisions of the labour laws in China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore and the Maldives that have achieved high economic growth by according top priority to the tourism sector.

On the occasion, outgoing President of the association Prakash Shrestha, First Vice-President B.K. Shrestha and executive committee member Shreedhar Acharya also highlighted various burning problems facing the Nepalese tourism industry.

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